It may not be as visible as the actual chimney itself, but the small metal structure installed on top of it is nevertheless an important component. Called the cap or flue top cover, it offers many great benefits that can help prevent unwanted problems from happening in your chimney.
It Protects Against Moisture
Water is the number one enemy of your chimney. The opening on top of it is where smoke from the burning fireplace escapes, but it is also where water can easily enter when it rains or snows. Moisture can cause the brick and mortar components of the structure to wear down faster and expose the damper and liner to extensive damage. Of course, there’s the threat of mold and mildew growth. Equipping your chimney with a cap helps avoid all of these potential issues.
It Stops Drafts From Entering Your Home
Drafts can enter your home via the chimney every time it gets windy outside. Apart from producing less efficient fires, air sneaking through can cause soot and smoke to enter your indoor living spaces. These fireplace byproducts can impact your home’s indoor air quality, which is why chimney relining experts recommend installing chimney caps.
It Keeps Animals and Debris Out
Installing a chimney cap helps keep small critters and debris out of your home. Without it, rodents, birds and other small critters can find their way into the opening of your chimney. Some even get stuck and end up dying, which you can easily notice through the foul smell of the rotting carcass. Debris like leaves and branches can also build up inside the chimney, which will require some cleaning.
It Keeps Embers and Sparks From Escaping Your Home
A burning fireplace produces sparks and embers that can flow up through your chimney. These, however, are potential fire hazards that can either land on your roof or come into contact with power lines or trees near your home. With a chimney cap, you can rest easy knowing that it will catch and contain any stray embers and sparks.
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