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.