Chimney caps are attached to the flue at the very top of the chimney and can be made of stainless steel, copper, galvanized steel or clay and can be extremely heavy and difficult to attach if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you were doing this on the ground, it would be hard enough, but chimney sweeps often do this as much as 30 feet in the air! That’s why you need to make sure you hire a company that guarantees its services, including the installation of a chimney cap.
What a Chimney Cap Does
There are several reasons why you need to make sure you have a chimney cap attached to the flue. The first reason is to keep water out of the flue and appliance. Most are made of masonry that breathes and will absorb water and metal, which will rust if water is allowed to get to it. You might not think a simple cap could be this important, but it is.
The other thing a cap does is act as a spark arrestor to keep sparks and embers from flying out of the flue. This helps eliminate the possibility of trees, leaves and roofs catching on fire and keeping the fire where it belongs.
If the cap is equipped with a screen, it can also keep rodents and birds out of the appliance during times when the fireplace or wood stove is not being used. If you have ever had birds in the chimney, then you will understand why it’s important to keep them out of the system. They are noisy and can be messy as well.
If you think you need a chimney cap or just need to get it inspected, we can do just that for you. This is always a part of our annual inspection process. Just call Fluesbrothers today!
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