Chimney Caps Installation in Alexandria, Richmond, Chesapeake, VA and All Surrounding Areas
What is a chimney cap?
A chimney cap is a metal device installed on the top of your chimney. It usually contains a solid sloped top that protects your chimney from the elements. The sides of the cap are made from wire mesh that allows your chimney liner system to properly vent while keeping out the critters. Here are more specifics on the importance of having chimney caps.
Chimney caps keep debris and animals out.
Chimney caps are installed at the top of your chimney to keep debris and animals out. Squirrels, raccoons and small birds will happily make their home in chimneys if they are allowed. These animals and their droppings carry diseases that are harmful to humans and pets, and their nests can prevent fireplaces and furnaces from drawing properly. Also, in neighborhoods with a lot of trees, debris can easily fall into unprotected chimney flues and obstruct them.
When a blockage occurs in your flue, this forces both smoke, and carbon monoxide back into the house and can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Chimney caps protect against the rain.
Since brick and mortar structures are porous, they will absorb rainwater on their surface, which over time, can do thousands of dollars of damage to the masonry work. A cap will ensure that rain rolls away from the flue opening – not into your home.
Chimney caps act as spark arrestors.
The same lid that prevents rain from falling into the flue also catches any burning embers or sparks that rise with the draft of the fireplace. It’s pretty rare for flaming debris to make its way all the way up your flue, but the cap is an added safety precaution against these rogue sparks.
How we can help with your chimney cap.
During your annual chimney inspection, we will examine your chimney and make sure that it has a cap and that it’s not damaged. If it’s in good condition, we’ll also ensure that the screws are still tight.
We get calls quite often from customers saying that their chimney cap has blown off, especially after a windstorm. Our team will come out and either help you with chimney caps installation, refasten your existing cap or provide a replacement.