The Importance of Chimney Caps


Chimney Caps Image - Aurora IL - Pozzi Chimney SweepEvery homeowner knows that it’s important to have annual chimney inspections and cleanings. There are, however, other things that need to be checked out if you want to make sure that your fireplace continues to run efficiently and effectively. One of these things is a chimney cap. A chimney cap can save you money and headaches by protecting your chimney and your home from the dangers of fire damage, and the experts at Pozzi Chimney Service have the expertise and experience to get you the chimney cap you need.

Reasons For A Chimney Cap

Chimney caps hold a dual purpose when it comes to protecting your chimney. First, a chimney cap stops natural elements, such as leaves and twigs, from blowing into your chimney. Birds and other small animals can also get in your chimney; they find the enclosed space ideal for building nests. These blockages can catch sparks from your fire and cause chimney fires. Other natural elements, such as rain, sleet, and snow are also kept out of your chimney by a chimney cap.

A chimney cap is also necessary for stopping sparks from escaping from your chimney. If sparks are allowed to get out of your chimney they could land on your roof or even your yard and could cause serious fire damage.

What Kind of Chimney Cap Should You Get

You may be wondering what kind of chimney cap you need, and there are several kinds to choose from. The National Fire Protection Association gives insight into this question. A standard chimney cap can be fitted over different shaped chimney types (square, oval, round, or rectangular). Draft increasing chimney caps can be used on flat roofs; an adaptor is used to install this type of chimney cap if you have a masonry chimney. Draft master caps use wind to increase performance of the chimney flue. Integral damper mechanisms can be used in old fireplaces to cause a better draft, while top sealing fireplace dampers reduce heat loss and downdrafts. As you can see, there is a chimney cap to fit any homeowner’s needs.

Do You Really Need A Chimney Cap?

You may still be wondering if it is really necessary to either purchase a chimney cap or repair the one that you have. According the Chimney Safety Institute of America, chimney caps are “probably the most inexpensive preventive measure that a homeowner can employ to prevent water penetration and damage to the chimney.” You will want your chimney cap to be sturdily constructed of a corrosion resistant material. Inspection, cleaning, and repair of your chimney cap will be easier if the chimney cap is easy to remove. This inexpensive buy could be the smartest move you make to keep your home safe and protected from chimney fires.

Pozzi Chimney Sweep offers quality chimney cap maintenance, care, and inspection. If, after they have inspected your chimney, they determine that the cap was built with improper materials or was improperly installed, the professionals at Pozzi have the tools to rebuild or repair your existing chimney cap. And if rebuilding or repairing won’t take care of the problem, they have the know how to replace your chimney cap with a new one. For service you can trust, call the experts at Pozzi Chimney Sweep.