Chimney Caps and Dampers
One of the least expensive parts of the chimney venting system is the one that can prevent some of the most costly damage. If you don’t have a chimney cap on your chimney, stop reading and call us for an estimate now!
Every chimney sweep knows that a safe chimney cap is a must. As you can see at the left, chimney caps come in all different varieties, shapes, sizes and materials. Most are made from copper or stainless steel. The job of the chimney cap is to stop rain from entering the flue and to stop pests from building nests in your chimney or using the chimney for a doorway into your home.
Chimney caps also come with spark guards to prevent stray airborne particles that are still burning from exiting onto your roof. In especially windy areas they also can prevent downdrafts by blocking crosswinds from entering the chimney. Some can actually help facilitate the updraft function of the chimney as well by virtue of their special design. Your chimney sweep will recommend the best solution for your chimney.
It is hard to believe how industrious animals and birds can be over the summer crafting a wonderfully cozy nest right inside your chimney. These blockages can cause fire hazards and smoke back drafting into the home. Even just falling leaves can build up without a proper chimney cap in place.
The chimney cap cover deflects the rain, and the side mesh areas prevent pests and leaves from entering the chimney. A properly fitted chimney cap or guard will slow down wear and tear on your chimney and lining, potentially saving you from large repair costs. Of course, proper chimney cleaning and maintenance are still recommended annually.
Rain is moisture, and moisture is an enemy of a healthy fireplace and flue. Metal fireboxes, liners and dampers all can suffer rust and deterioration. Chimney liner tiles and mortar can crumble and crack leading to serious damage.