If you are a homeowner who absolutely loves your fireplace, but for a number of reasons cannot use your fireplace at this time, the team here at All Year Chimney Sweeps & Repair want to provide you with some important tips for sealing your unused chimney and fireplace. A fireplace can certainly add appeal and charm to your home even when it is not in use. With that said, you can still enjoy the lovely presence of your fireplace in your home once you take proper steps to seal off its unused chimney.
If you are hesitant to seal it off completely for fear that you may want to renovate and repair your fireplace somewhere down the road, then we have a temporary solution for you. It is important to understand that when you are sealing your chimney, whether permanently or temporarily, it’s imperative to allow air to circulate. If you do not have proper ventilation, moisture can accumulate and cause deterioration of the masonry work of your chimney.
A Temporary Seal for Your Unused Chimney
To temporarily seal your chimney you can either use a top sealing damper or an inflatable chimney pillow or draft stopper. If you choose to use a top sealing damper, you want to place it above the chimney crown, so as to prevent the accumulation of moisture and condensation and prevent little critters and various types of debris from getting into your flue. When using a top sealing damper, it still allows the airflow to circulate. Until such time that you are prepared to renovate your fireplace, keep the damper closed. Top sealing dampers are available in a wide range of sizes so be sure that you reach out to our professionals to perform your installation so as to ensure that you have the appropriate sized damper for your chimney.
If you prefer to use a chimney pillow which is an inflatable plug that fits inside the bottom of your chimney, rest assured they are just as effective. The top of the chimney stack is covered with a chimney cap and rain guard. Together the chimney pillow and cap help to keep debris and moisture out of the flue while still permitting needed airflow in the chimney. Your chimney pillow can be removed when you plan to remodel or renovate your chimney and fireplace.
Permanent Sealing for Your Unused Chimney
Homeowners can certainly seal off their chimney permanently when they are confident that they will not want to remodel or renovate the chimney and fireplace anytime in the future. Your fireplace and chimney will both need to be thoroughly cleaned out before a professional can cement masonry and air flow bricks about one foot inside of the opening of your fireplace. The trained professionals here at All Year Chimney Sweeps & Repair will continue to apply layers of brick until the entire opening of the chimney is sealed off. Once this step is completed, they will install drywall and trim and then paint it to match your current living space and décor. They will also have to install a permanent cap on the top of the chimney that will provide a seal for the flue but still allow for air to circulate and vent. We highly recommend you do not attempt to permanently seal your chimney on your own, but rather contact the highly skilled chimney professionals here at All Year Chimney Sweeps & Repair to ensure that your chimney sealing has been performed adequately and that air is still allowed to circulate.
Don’t Forget that Final Chimney Sweep
Whether you opt to temporarily or permanently seal your fireplace and chimney it is important that you hire our professional chimney experts to give your fireplace, your chimney and your flue a final thorough cleaning. This final cleaning will remove any dirt, debris, soot and creosote all of which can present with potential fire hazards. We don’t want a fire to occur in a sealed chimney so we encourage you have a thorough cleaning before safely closing it off either temporarily or permanently.
We hope you found these tips for sealing your unused chimney helpful. If you are looking to seal off your chimney and fireplace, whether temporarily or permanently then we are the team for you. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the highest quality chimney sweep and repair services this side of Nashville!