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Install A Chimney Cap For Weather Protection

Chimney inspections are the number one way to ensure that your home and family stay safe from chimney fires and other home damage. There are, however, other things that you need to stay on top of to make sure that your fireplace runs efficiently and effectively. An important component of your fireplace that often gets overlooked is a chimney cap. In fact, some homes don’t even have a chimney cap. That can cause real problems for homeowners. A simple way to find out if your chimney cap is in tip-top shape? Call in the experts, like those at Pozzi Chimney Sweep.

Install A Chimney Cap For Weather Protection Image - Aurora IL - Pozzi Chimney SweepWeather Protection

There are several reasons that a chimney cap is important. One of these is to protect your chimney from the damages that weather can bring. Believe it or not, water is a number one culprit in damaging your chimney. When water enters your chimney system, it will permeate the mortar that holds your bricks together. When this water freezes, it expands, and that in turn causes the cracks to expand. As this cycle continues, these cracks get bigger and, over time, structural damage can occur. A chimney cap helps protect your chimney from this danger. According to the CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) website, “(U)nderwriters Laboratories (UL) specifies that any chimney lining system that is to be listed to their test standard must include a chimney cap.”

Other Reasons For A Chimney Cap

When you burn a fire in your fireplace, sparks can shoot up your chimney and escape onto your roof with disastrous consequences. These sparks could start a roof fire. Consequently, if they get all the way out and hit your yard, it could cause a serious grass fire. A chimney cap can help stop those sparks from getting out of your chimney!

Another thing that chimney caps do? They stop natural elements from getting into your chimney. Birds and other small animals are drawn to an enclosed space to make their nests, and your chimney fits that bill. Leaves, twigs, and other debris can blow down your chimney. These things can cause an obstruction in your chimney, and if those obstructions catch a spark, it could cause a fire in your chimney. Even if this fire is contained in your chimney, it can cause structural damage. Other natural elements, like sleet, snow, and rain can also be kept out of your chimney by a chimney cap.

Is a Chimney Cap Necessary?

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.”

Who To Call

Pozzi Chimney Sweep is the place to call when it comes to quality chimney cap maintenance, inspection, and care. We will be able to fix your chimney cap if that is necessary, or we will be able to advise you in what chimney cap best suits your needs if a new one is needed. The professionals at Pozzi Chimney Sweep are committed to offering you expert advice and quality service. Give us a call today!

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.

New Home Owners: Fireplace Tips

So you just bought a new home – and it has a fireplace in it! You’re looking forward to sitting in front of a fire roasting marshmallows in the fall and snuggling up in the warmth of a crackling fire on those cold winter nights. But before you lose yourself in those dreams, there are some tips you need to be aware of.

Water Damage

Be sure to check the exterior of your chimney for soft or crumbling mortar or flaking, peeling or cracking of the bricks. If these signs are present, it is possible that water damage is present. It’s important to take care of any damage that occurs as soon as possible so that more impairment doesn’t take place. If left unchecked, you could be in for extensive rebuild and repair work.

Chimney Caps

Check to see that you have a chimney cap that is in a good state of repair. A chimney cap is important to keep sparks from escaping from your chimney. Sparks that aren’t contained in your chimney can land on your roof or your yard and cause a fire. Another important purpose of a chimney cap is that it keeps outside elements such as birds, leaves, or twigs from entering your chimney and causing blockages that can block air flow out of your chimney. It will also keep precipitation out of your chimney. According to CSIA, “[C]himney caps, also called rain covers, are probably the most inexpensive preventive measure that a homeowner can employ to prevent water penetration and damage to the chimney.”

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Make sure that you properly clean out the ashes after using your fireplace. If you don’t clean out your fireplace on a regular basis, an unpleasant odor can occur. Home Guides website that, at least four days after having a fire, you use a stiff brush to reach into the interior of your chimney to loosen any ashes that may be clinging there. Use the same brush to sweep the ashes that fall into a dustpan and then into a garbage bag. Take this bag out to the trash right away to avoid spilling those ashes.

Yearly Inspections and Cleaning

Most importantly, be sure to schedule yearly inspections and cleanings to maintain optimum benefits from your fireplace. When choosing a chimney sweep, remember to look for a company that has Chimney Safety Institute of America certified employees. CSIA certification is recognized as the gold standard in the chimney industry, and the chimney sweeps at Pozzi Chimney Sweep, Inc. are highly qualified and CSIA certified. With Pozzi, you are sure of getting great service at a fair price.

Waterproofing

Once an inspector has given your chimney a thorough inspection and cleaning, you may want to consider having your chimney waterproofed. If you choose this route, be sure to choose a qualified service, such as Pozzi Chimney Sweep, to perform this service. CSIA stresses the importance of using a product that will waterproof the exterior of your chimney while allowing the vapors that form from using your fireplace to escape. Pozzi Chimney Sweep uses ChimneySaver’s Water Repellant, a product that is designed especially for chimneys and is 100% vapor permeable, allowing water vapors to pass through bricks while protecting your chimney from leaks.

Following these tips will help you turn those dreams of s’mores and snuggling into reality!

Why You Need a Chimney Cap

Don't overlook this seemingly small part that plays a big role in your chimney system - the chimney cap.

Don’t overlook this seemingly small part that plays a big role in your chimney system – the chimney cap.

A chimney that isn’t topped with a chimney cap looks unfinished, shabby and uncared for. But that’s only a footnote on our list of reasons why having a chimney cap on your chimney is important.

The chimney cap is ostensibly a small part of your chimney, but you might be surprised: It carries a heavy load of work and provides a significant amount of protection. Here’s a bit of a deeper look into this unsung hero of the chimney system:

What Chimney Caps Do For Your Chimney System

Chimney Caps Help Keep Moisture Out

One of the key elements in chimney system design is protection against moisture intrusion. Many parts of the system — including the masonry chimney crown or metal chimney chase cover at the top, or the flashing where the chimney and roofline meet — were designed and installed specifically to route water away.

But think about your chimney, and its exposure to rain and sleet and other precipitation. It’s easy to see that the chimney cap’s position — up at the very top of your flue, over the flue opening — makes it the first line of defense against moisture intrusion. Without a chimney cap, your flue is open to the elements directly, and rain and its friends will most certainly make their way in. Over time, that moisture can wear at the joints in your clay tile flue liner, start corroding your throat damper, even damage interior masonry, like the brick and mortar in your smoke chamber.

Preventing that starts with making sure to have a properly installed, properly sized, durable chimney cap installed. It’s also hugely important to make sure to have your system inspected annually for any other problems that might be allowing a leak to develop.

Chimney Caps Keep Animals Out

To you, a chimney probably looks like a beautiful part of your home and a workhorse that protects you from the dangerous byproducts of combustion and your home from excess heat. To lots of animals — from birds to squirrels and bats — your chimney looks like a safe and warm place to set up shop.

When animals move into your chimney to nest, they bring along lots of unwanted things: annoying noises, unpalatable smells, unsanitary bugs and often combustible nesting materials too. Those animal visitors aren’t just frustrating — their presence can be dangerous. The best way to put out the “No Vacancy” sign for the furry or feathered friends in your neighborhood: A well-made and properly installed chimney cap.

Chimney Caps Keep Debris Out

It’s not just animals that we need to worry about getting into your flue. Brush, leaves and twigs can fall into an open flue, blocking off its ability to vent properly and potentially causing a fire hazard. With a chimney cap in place, that’s prevented.

If you need to have your chimney cap repaired or replaced, Pozzi Chimney Sweep Can Help. Give us a call, or reach out through our website!