We wear hats to keep the top of our heads warm. We cap a pipe to keep it from leaking. However, for your chimney, you need a chimney cap on top in order to prevent water and debris from entering your chimney and home. Although, this part of the fireplace’s anatomy holds an important purpose, it’s easy to let it fall into a state of disrepair. Even worse, sometimes a chimney has no cap, and that’s not good for your chimney at all.
What’s the Purpose of Chimney Caps?
There are several reasons to have a well-constructed chimney cap. A chimney cap can help with a downdraft. With your wood-burning fireplace, it’s important to let the smoke streams out of the house through the chimney. Without a chimney cap, the wind can affect the smoke coming out of your fireplace, which could cause a downdraft, ant then push that smoke back into your house. Nothing like a room full of smoke to ruin your comfy-cozy night in with your family in front of the fireplace.
Your chimney cap also keep obstructions out of the house. If you have a fireplace, you know that the number one concern is precipitation. Water damage can cause lots of issues including: rusty fireplace tools or dampers, musty smell, and structural damage to the bricks and mortar. The best thing about having a chimney cap is that it keeps precipitation out. An added bonus is that it can also keep debris, such as leaves and sticks out of your chimney.
Did you know animals such as squirrels, raccoons, and birds also love to use your chimney as a home? This can be annoying, especially if they build a nest and try to raise their young inside your chimney. Not only can this be an annoyance, but when the creatures move out, they leave their nest behind, and this dry nest can be a fire hazard. A chimney cap is a super effective barrier to keep these animals out!
Who Do You Call?
If you suspect your chimney cap to be in a bad shape or don’t have a chimney cap, then you must call the best in the business, Chimney Sweep Plus. We take pride in knowing and practicing the most up-to-date techniques in chimney sweeping and inspection, and we know just what to look for in chimney caps. Give us a call today if you think your chimney cap has been damaged and we’ll fix it in no time!