Your masonry chimney can withstand a lot of wear of tear, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in some extra protection for it. One thing we suggest for all homeowners in our service area is a chimney cap. Chimney caps are an easy and affordable investment, and they make a huge impact on the overall health of your system. Interested in learning more? Check out some information below.
Preventing Water Damage
One of the biggest reasons homeowners choose to invest in a chimney cap is to prevent excess water from entering their chimney flue. It doesn’t take long for moisture to soak into your brickwork and cause deterioration, and that’s just one of the many problems water in the chimney leads to. You’ll also notice your metal components rusting, as well as rot, clogs, decay, stains, and more.
Since chimney caps are installed directly over the flue, they easily keep rain and snow out of it. This will prevent a lot of damage down the line, and provide you with the relief you need when entering your next burning season. Talk with us about having your new cap installed today.
Keeping Animals Out
Another major reason homeowners install chimney caps is to keep woodland critters and birds out of their chimney. It’s quite common for animals to take comfort in the warmth and cozy atmosphere of your chimney, and they’ll often set up nests for their babies there as well. As you can imagine, this leads to some pretty big issues when it’s time to light a fire!
All of this excess debris clogs your chimney and is also a fire hazard. You’ll experience poor airflow, your system won’t function as efficiently, and you’ll be at a higher risk for gas leaks and house fires. It’s not good for the animals, either! Keep everyone and everything safer by getting a chimney cap installed before lighting up any fires this season.
That’s Not All!
While these are probably the biggest motivators for having a cap installed, they also provide a few added benefits, as well. For one, they’ll stop stray sparks from escaping the flue and landing on your roof, thus decreasing the chances of a fire. They also are great for preventing downdrafts, ensuring your family isn’t forced to feel the cold winds of winter swooping through your living space.
Finally, they protect your chimney from leaves, twigs, and other debris that could easily find its way in on a windy day. As we said earlier, excess debris lowers efficiency and makes your system a lot less safe, so any measure that prevents buildup is welcome!
Our Team Has Got You Covered
The CSIA certified team at Wells & Sons’ Chimney Sweeps has been installing chimney caps for years, so count on us to get the job done right for you. We’ll have it up and running in no time, so you can enjoy your fireplace to the fullest this fall and winter. Call today!