That is a damper. It opens and closes the flue which is the opening to the chimney. Usually, when it is open, the handle is towards you in the home, away means it is shut.
Because we live in a very temperate climate, most people will leave it open year round. If you do feel a draft coming from the chimney, you can close it yourself. If it is stuck and won’t close or open, feel free to reach out to us!
Usually, we do not. We do however wear disposable booties for each job, that way we aren’t tracking in any dirt from outside. We also use rug runners, drop cloths and sheets to cover furniture if we need to. We try our absolute best to ensure your home is cleaner than when we got there!
Yes, we will take any old parts with us after installation of new products. We take any ash and soot with us along with any old firewood. We take any lint or other garbage with us for dryer vent service too.