As a homeowner, you know there are so many things to think about when it comes to maintaining your house. But it’s also really easy to overlook many of them if you don’t have someone at your side to remind you to do all the little, but necessary, tasks to keep your home clean, safe, and running efficiently.
At Chimney Troop, we’re well versed in all things chimney related. If you own a fireplace and have used it, you probably already know that there’s a little bit of extra maintenance that goes into keeping it safe and functional.
But did you know that you can get a lot of great benefits from having a “chimney cap” installed?
1. Reduces or Eliminates Moisture from Getting into the Chimney
Without a chimney cap, anytime it rains, you’re going to have to deal with water and moisture entering the flue. When this happens, it becomes a lot easier for that moisture to find ways into the attic or other parts of the house as it trickles down the brickwork.
It might not seem like a big deal at first, but letting moisture get into places it’s not intended to be can cause permanent damage to parts of your home, such as walls and ceilings.
2. Keeps Unwanted “Visitors” from Getting into the Chimney
Depending on how your chimney is built, it may be easy for some animals and other pests to get inside of the flue. This means that animals have an easy access point to get into your home or otherwise cause a nuisance within the chimney.
Chimney caps can come with a mesh siding that prevents critters or other large insects from getting into the flue, which prevents them from getting into your home.
3. Protects Against Downdrafts
This is especially important for people that live in a windy area or experience windy seasons. When wind passes over the chimney, it can force the smoke back down through the flue and into the home. Even when the fireplace isn’t being used, a downdraft can send unwanted cold air into the home during colder months.
4. Prevents Debris from Building Up
Similar to how animals, like birds, can be drawn to chimney, debris can get caught in a large gust of wind and get stuck in or around the opening of the chimney. Leaves, twigs, and branches are common flammable suspects that can fall unintentionally into an uncovered chimney.
The chimney cap essentially shields the flue from the wind and debris, and it prevents cold air from blasting through the flue and into the home, while also preventing smoke from being blown back into the house.
5. Stops Rogue Embers and Sparks in Their Tracks
Every now and then, some of the embers or a spark from the fireplace below can travel up the flue. If you don’t have the opening of the chimney covered, it can allow those rogue embers and sparks to fly freely outside. This gives them ample opportunity to land on your roof or a nearby tree. If it’s particularly dry out, that can bring about an increased risk of starting a fire on your home or catching something nearby on fire. The chimney cap stops those rogue embers in their tracks before they become a problem.
The great thing about chimney caps is that they provide a lot of benefits to you and your home while also reducing the amount of maintenance you would have to deal with if you didn’t have one. While you may need to occasionally have the netting cleaned from soot build-up, you’ll save more time in the long run by opting for a chimney cap.
Check out our chimney caps today and feel free to send us any questions that you have. We’ll be happy to help!