Even though a chimney cap is a minor and relatively inexpensive installation, most homeowners question whether it is necessary or not. However, the truth of the matter is that this small amount of metal protecting your chimney keeps your chimney, home and family safe. A chimney cap works in several ways to protect you from various forms of damage..
An unprotected chimney is the perfect place for animals to build a nest. In the warmer months, it is a dark, cool place to get away from the weather and predators. For this reason they will make their nests close to or inside of the small and comforting space of the chimney flue. It doesn’t take long for a family of critters to move into your chimney. Animals can get stuck in there, causing smells as well as damage to the mortar inside your chimney.
Rain, snow and ice all create problems for your chimney if they are allowed in the chimney flue. Living in the Northeast exposes your home to cold winters, warm summers and torrential downpours. Excessive moisture and minimal chimney care causes deterioration problems within the structure of the chimney. Therefore, it is best to not allow the excess moisture into the chimney in the first place by preventing the elements from ever entering your chimney by having one of our experts at Always Affordable Chimney install a Chimney Cap.
Burning, leftover embers from the fire below get sent up and out of the chimney along with the burning gases. These embers that are still lit escape out of the top of the chimney and can cause chimney fires and damage to your roof. These problems are entirely avoidable with the addition of a chimney cap and spark guard to prevent the burning particles from escaping