Protect Your Chimney With A Quality, Professionally Installed Chimney Cap

A surprising number of homeowners give little thought to the condition of their chimney’s components: out of sight, out of mind. But there are some simple and inexpensive ways to make sure that your chimney is protected and equipped to serve you for the long haul. One of the best ways is to have a quality chimney cap professionally installed at the top of your chimney flue.

What Is A Chimney Cap?

A chimney cap is typically made of metal (copper or stainless steel), and is designed to be installed at the top of the chimney flue. Its main purpose is to keep things like leaves, gusts of wind, rain, snow, and other outside elements out of the chimney where they could do great harm.

Unfortunately, caps can sometimes rust through, or can be pulled loose by strong winds or animals, and many times, without the homeowner knowing. That’s one of the many reasons why we perform annual chimney inspections. Inspections allow us to check the condition and installation of the chimney cap on a regular basis. Click here to read more about the importance of annual inspections.

What’s The Danger Of Not Having A Cap?

A chimney cap goes a long way in keeping some pretty destructive things out of your chimney system, like:

  • Animals – To an animal, a chimney can be a pretty appealing home. But when animals get into your chimney, they can bring with them leaves and other nesting materials, babies, feces and disease. Not only can these things lead to health and noise problems for those in the home, but they can also cause serious damage to the chimney and make enjoying a fire a dangerous thing. But a quality chimney cap can keep animals and their belongings out of your chimney for years and years.
  • Water – Water is one of the worst things you can allow into your chimney. But without a chimney cap, water has an easy entrance into your chimney flue where it can cause metal components to rust and masonry components to crack and decay. The simple addition of a chimney cap can keep your chimney protected from the threat of moisture.
  • Debris – In addition to the materials and debris that animals may bring in to chimneys, there’s the windblown leaves, sticks, and other debris to consider. These materials can clog your flue and turn a nice, warm fire into a smoky threat. Add a chimney cap to your home and the chance of getting debris in your chimney is significantly cut.

What Kind Of Shape Is Your Chimney Cap In?

Is your chimney cap still serving its purpose? If you aren’t sure, it’s time to have your system professionally inspected. If we find that your chimney cap is missing or damaged, we can quickly install a new one that will serve you well and meet with your budget and aesthetic preferences. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call or click here!

 

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