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Why You Need A Chimney Cap

As a fireplace owner, making sure your chimney has adequate protection is a must for ensuring everything runs safely and efficiently. Unfortunately, without certain parts, like the chimney cap, your structure will suffer significantly. Learn more about this integral piece of chimney anatomy below, then count on our team to ensure yours is in good shape!

What Is A Chimney Cap?

The chimney cap has become an integral part of chimney safety. In fact, the Underwriters Laboratories has stated that a liner won’t meet their standards unless there is a chimney cap in place to protect it. So, what is it exactly? It is a device that simply covers your flue opening so that no water or excess debris can enter your system. It’s thought of as one of the most affordable pieces of preventable maintenance a homeowner can invest in!

Keeping Out Water, Debris, Animals & More

When it comes to your masonry, water can take its toll on your brickwork and mortar in a hurry. Along with this, a chimney liner that is exposed to the elements will suffer immensely, putting your home and family at risk every time you light a fire. A chimney cap offers a simple solution for avoiding lots of expensive and time-consuming repairs.

Along with this, chimney caps are very effective at keeping out animals such as birds, raccoons, squirrels, and more. These creatures along with their nesting materials can cause damage, clogs, and bring on some unpleasant odors. Not to mention, the removal process can be a hassle. Don’t put yourself through this – have our team install a chimney cap!

Finally, it’s not uncommon for dirt and debris from the outdoors to work its way into your flue and cause clogs. This affects your draft significantly, which is why you need something to keep out all this stuff. The chimney cap can block it all.

They Stop Sparks, Too!

Chimney caps are clearly known for their ability to keep things out, but did you know that they can also keep things from escaping, as well? You are familiar with the fact that stray sparks and embers sometimes fly up your chimney, where they could land on your roof, overhanging tree branches, or nearby flammable structures. This is a hazard, and it could potentially start a fire.

A chimney cap will stop these dangerous sparks from escaping, ensuring you stay as safe as possible, no matter what your fire is doing.

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If your chimney cap is missing or damaged, don’t put off maintenance any longer. All it takes is one rainy day to mess up your structure for the long haul. However, with a cap in place, you won’t have to stress. Get the protection you deserve. Call on Total Chimney Care today!

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Chimney caps keep critters out

You hear the sound of rustling in your chimney, or the chirping of birds coming from your walls. Or worse, you start to smell a rotting smell coming from your fireplace — An animal has become trapped in your chimney and died. Many homeowners worry about the possibility of birds or animals entering their chimneys. Too few take measure to keep birds, bats and wild animals from entering their chimney. Don’t take a risk; install a chimney cap — Chimney caps keep critters out of chimneys!

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Are birds and animals in the chimney really a problem?

Birds and animals are naturally attracted to your chimney. For some animals, like squirrels, raccoons, swifts and bats, chimneys provide a warm, dark refuge from the elements. Other animals happen upon a chimney, make the mistake of exploring and become trapped. Once an animal is in your chimney, they can cause damage to the chimney liner. They also can build nests that block your chimney, preventing smoke from escaping and causing a fire hazard. Birds and animals in the chimney also have the potential to introduce bacteria into your home. A trapped animal trying to find its way out just might find its way past your chimney damper and into your home, where it can cause chaos and damage and even injure your family or pets. Animals can also introduce all sorts of odors into your home. They can leave behind food scraps that rot, build smelly nests or even become trapped and die. The best way to protect your home from potential problems caused by an animal intrusion through the chimney is to keep animals out of your chimney from the start.

Keeping animals out of your chimney with a chimney cap

The easiest, cheapest, and best way to keep out critters out of your chimney is to install a chimney cap. When it comes to keeping animals out of your chimney, not all chimney caps are created equal. To keep critters out, you must install a sturdy chimney cap that is surrounded on all sides by metal caging that is small enough to prevent, birds, bats, chipmunks and other small pests from accessing the opening of your chimney flue. Keep in mind that not all chimney caps are designed to keep critters out of your chimney flue as well as rainwater; some are only designed as small roofs to shelter the chimney flue from precipitation. Look for a chimney cap that’s specifically designed to keep birds, bats and animals out of the chimney flue.

When it comes to dealing with animals in the chimney, it’s far better to prevent the problem by blocking your chimney off from animals in the first place. Keep critters out with a chimney cap! Call Total Chimney Care; we can recommend a chimney cap that will protect your chimney from birds, bats and pests, and we will install it securely to fully protect your chimney from an animal invasion.

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Install a Chimney Cap for Weather Protection

Water can destroy your fireplace, your chimney and even your home. That’s why it is important to make sure your chimney is protected from the elements. The best way to do that, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, is to install a chimney cap.

How a chimney cap protects your chimney.

The primary function of the chimney cap is to block water from flowing down your chimney each time it rains, snows or sleets. The chimney cap serves as a little roof to keep moisture out of the chimney flue. Moisture in your chimney can have a host of ill effects. It can cause flue tiles to crack and crumble. It can cause metal dampers, fire grates and fireplace doors to rust and warp. Consequently, it cal also can lead to unpleasant odors in your home. And, ultimately, moisture in your chimney can cause deterioration that threatens your chimney structure. This increases the risk of a home fire.

While water protection is undoubtedly an important function, your chimney cap protects your chimney in other ways. A chimney cap can prevent debris from being blown into the chimney and cause a blockage. In addition, a caged chimney cap can prevent animals or birds from making their way into your chimney flue. Plus, your chimney cap can block strong down drafts from entering your home. Downdrafts can blow smoke and ash into your living space and it can make your home cold and uncomfortable.

How to choose a chimney cap.

If you find yourself in need of a new chimney cap, you might be surprised to find how many chimney cap options are available. Chimney caps come in different sizes, shapes and materials. There are also some chimney caps that have added functions. Your chimney sweep will be able to steer you toward options that are appropriate for your home’s chimney.
One chimney cap trait you will need to choose is the material the chimney cap is made of.

Chimney caps are available in galvanized steel, aluminum, stainless steel and copper. Galvanized steel is often used because it’s economical, but it also breaks down quickly and will need to be replaced within a few years. Aluminum chimney caps are similarly economical, and they won’t corrode the way galvanized steel caps will, but they are lightweight and prone to being blown away or damaged. Stainless steel caps are the industry favorite, as they are durable, sturdy and reasonably priced. Copper chimney caps are beautiful and sturdy, but are often passed over due to cost. Copper caps most often are chosen for aesthetic reasons.

Knowing when to replace your chimney cap.

Has your chimney cap has been thrown off by a storm? Also, has it has become corroded or damaged? If so, it’s time for a new chimney cap. In addition, are you unsure about the health of your chimney cap? Make sure you ask your chimney sweep during your next sweeping and inspection. If you do need a new chimney cap, call Total Chimney Care. We’ll help you find the right cap for your chimney and get it installed the right way.

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What is a top-sealing damper?

The chimney damper seems a basic device that most homeowners with a fireplace understand. Before you light a fire, you turn a knob or push a lever that opens the damper, a metal flap just above the firebox. That allows smoke to exit through the chimney as your fire burns. The damper is closed when the fireplace isn’t in use to keep drafts from entering your home through the chimney. What many people might not realize is that there is another option in chimney dampers: the top-sealing damper.

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As the name suggests, the top-sealing damper sits at the very top of your chimney, rather than within the chimney flue. The top-sealing damper is fitted to your chimney. When the damper is closed, via a lever inside the home, the damper seals completely, preventing drafts, water, debris or animals from entering the chimney flue. Many top-sealing dampers include a wire cage around the outside to keep animals and debris out and embers in when the fireplace is in use.

Why install a top-sealing damper?

Over time, the metal damper within your chimney’s throat warps and fails to seal entirely when closed, allowing drafts to find their way back into your home through the chimney. If your damper is failing, a top-sealing damper can serve as an ideal replacement, performing the function of a damper better than your chimney’s original throat damper. Some advantages of installing a new top-sealing damper include:

  • Decreased energy bills. Air can flow freely through your failing throat damper. Drafts can make their way down the flue, or warm air can be pulled from your home’s living space and lost up the chimney. A top-sealing damper can stop this air exchange entirely when the damper is closed.
  • Protect your chimney from water damage. Nothing can damage your chimney more extensively than water. And nothing can keep water out of your chimney like a top-sealing damper. Top-sealing dampers include a rubber seal that closes your flue off entirely when the damper is closed.
  • Keep animals and debris out. Because top-sealing dampers entirely close off the chimney, they prevent animals, insects and debris from entering your chimney.
  • Enjoy a lasting damper option. Unlike throat dampers that wear out and warp over time, the quality top-sealing dampers we sell and install are made from durable metals with strong rubber gaskets that are made to withstand the elements and keep your chimney safe and sealed for years to come.

How can you learn more about top-sealing dampers?

Call Total Chimney Care today! We sell and install top-sealing damper that will block cold drafts from entering your home and prevent warm air from existing your home through your chimney this winter.

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