One of the best tools to prevent water leaking into your chimney and causing expensive damage, a chimney cap is an important part of your fireplace and chimney system. However, if your chimney cap is cracked, damaged, does not fit correctly, or missing, you may have to deal with rain and snow in your home, animals taking up residence inside your chimney, and even potential chimney fires. At Old Hat Chimney Service, our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney technicians are experienced with the proper installation of chimney caps, and we strongly believe every chimney needs to be capped. We would like to share with you why a chimney cap is such a crucial part of your chimney system and should be replaced as soon as possible if our chimney sweeps discover your cap is damaged, cracked, or missing during our annual inspection of your chimney.
A Chimney Cap Protects Your Chimney from the Elements.
If your chimney is not capped, you basically have a square foot hole in your roof where rain and snow can enter at any time and penetrate the masonry work of your chimney. Water penetration can cause extensive and expensive damage. Unfortunately, repairing this damage is necessary to keep your chimney safely working. Additionally, wind can cause chimney issues as well by causing persistent drafts and allowing cold air to enter your home, which reduces the efficiency of your fireplace. A basic chimney cap can take care of all of these problems.
A Chimney Cap Keeps Wild Animals from Entering Your Chimney.
Some animals, usually birds, squirrels, and raccoons, look at chimneys as hibernation spots, and without a chimney cap, you are giving these animals a wide-open, unlocked entrance. Not only are the sounds of animals annoying, but they can also bring diseases into your home. Additionally, the nesting materials of these animals are typically flammable and can also create fire hazards by preventing proper airflow through your chimney by blocking the flue. To ensure your chimney cap will keep wild animals out, Old Hat Chimney Service will install a chimney cap that is equipped with protective mesh screening.
A Chimney Cap Can Be Adjusted and Customized to Perfectly Fit Your Chimney:
All of the parts of a factory-made fireplace and chimney system, including the chimney cap have been designed to work safely and efficiently together. The cap size will be determined by the specifications by the manufacturers. However, chimney caps can be blown off by strong winds as well as become damaged and deteriorated. If this should happen, you can count on our expert technicians to measure your chimney to custom fit a new cap.
The flue size of your chimney will determine the size of its chimney cap. Our chimney experts at Old Hat Chimney Service can take these measurements of your flue and install a correctly sized cap.
If your chimney has more than one flue, you can get a single, multi-flued cap custom made for your chimney. You can find various designs and decorative caps made from a variety of different materials as well.
Chimney Caps Should Always Be Professionally Installed.
According to EBSCO Research, chimney caps may seem relatively simple to install; however, removing a rusted cap can be quite a challenge. Proper sizing is crucial during a chimney cap installation, and our professionals at Old Hat Chimney Service carry different sized caps with them so that they can quickly install the properly sized cap.
If you would like to have your chimney cap inspected, contact Old Hat Chimney Service today. We would be happy to set up an appointment for our technicians to check out your cap and install a new one if needed.