Your chimney is made up of lots of different parts. These parts all have unique functions, and each one is equally important to the set-up of your appliance. It takes each piece of equipment working as efficiently as possible to allow your fireplace to run smoothly when in use.
As a homeowner, it is wise to stay up-to-date and educated on these various components. This way you know what to look for if something seems out of sorts. One important chimney part that often gets overlooked? The chimney cap! Many are damaged or rusted, and some homeowners don’t even have one!
If you are without a chimney cap, you will likely find yourself facing lots of leaks and all types of water damage. Learn more below, then browse our site to find out how we can help you!
Minimizing Water Damage
The main function of a chimney cap is to keep out excess moisture. When rains fall, the water is directed right into your flue, where it easily works its way throughout your chimney. Once in, it deteriorates your masonry. In addition, weakens your brickwork and wears down on your entire fireplace, as a whole.
The chimney cap covers the flue, so that bad weather is no longer an issue you have to worry about. They provide a simple and cheap solution to your water problems. Plus, they can be constructed to fit one or multiple flues, as well as various shapes and sizes. They are also easily removed, so chimney sweeps can inspect and clean your chimney thoroughly every time they come around.
Keeping Animals Out
Chimney caps are best known for keeping out water, but they serve other functions, as well! If you have problems with woodland creatures entering your chimney and flues from time to time, a chimney cap can help you out.
There is no doubt that animals in the chimney cause lots of problems. They drag in leaves, twigs, and other outdoor materials, all of which cause clogs, and they sometimes can’t find their way back outdoors, leaving you with some nasty odors and a big mess.
Chimney caps block this cozy-looking area, so no birds or other critters can enter and build a nest. Invest in one today!
Serve As Spark Arrestors
Lastly, chimney caps are known for being “spark arrestors,” which means they help to catch any wild flying sparks that escape your chimney. Roofing and other flammable materials could easily catch fire if things get a little out of control. Keep your home and family safer by having your chimney cap installed right away!
Let Us Help
Chimney caps have become a standard part of every chimney, and homes functioning without one face a dramatically bigger chance of damage. If you are ready to have your cap installed, repaired, or inspected, let the staff at Mason’s Chimney Service help you out today! We look forward to your call.
Do you live in an older home? Did it come with a fireplace? If so, there are many reasons why you should be a little wary of using your chimney. The regulations for fireplaces and chimneys have become a lot more thorough in recent decades. Therefore, the safety standards just weren’t up to par in a lot of homes built a long time ago.
Keeping your home and family safe is important! This is why you should always have your chimney and fireplace inspected at least once per year, no matter the age of your home. Are you concerned about the age of your chimney and brickwork? If so, there are a few precautions you should take into mind.
Is It Lined?
One of the biggest problems with older homes is that the chimneys often come unlined. Chimney liners weren’t always such a priority, so many fireplaces were built without them. If you don’t have a liner, you leave yourself vulnerable to a lot of issues and dangerous situations. Keep reading to learn more about why unlined chimneys put you at risk.
The CSIA lists three main things that chimney liners do. One thing they do is protect the surrounding woodwork and framing from catching fire. Another is protect the brickwork and mortar from deteriorating at a quicker pace. The gases and toxins that float up your chimney get soaked into your brick and wear it down fast when there is nothing there to protect it!
The last thing chimney liners do is allow your appliance to run as efficiently as possible. They prevent creosote and other nasty debris from building up and eating away at the inside of your chimney. In addition, they also help direct all of the smoke and other fumes safely out and away from your home.
Is The Brickwork Holding Up?
Older homes have faced a lot more years of bad weather, snow, and rain than homes that were built more recently. For this reason, the brickwork may be a bit more worn down than you may realize. The more the brickwork is exposed to water, the faster it will deteriorate and form more problems, such as clogs, rot, rust, and more!
From time to time, masonry needs to be patched up, and any cracks or holes that have formed need to be filled in. If your brickwork needs some care, turn to Mason’s Chimney Service today and ask about our tuckpointing services! Matching up the mortar to the materials used in older homes can be tricky, but we are up to the challenge and are confident we can make your home look great again.
If you have just moved into your home, you will definitely want to schedule an inspection before putting your fireplace to use. A certified chimney sweep will be able to look things over and ensure everything is good to go before you light any fires. A major problem chimneys face after long periods of not being used is blockages. Birds and other critters like to nest and bring in all types of leaves, twigs, grass, and more. Be sure to have your chimney inspected and swept once a year to ensure your home stays safe.
For more information on all that Mason’s Chimney Service can do for you, call today!