Chimney Sweeps Agree – A Good Chimney Cap Will Save Energy
You’ll see our brightly marked trucks on their way to provide chimney sweep services like chimney cap installation and chimney repairs through Central CT, including Glastonbury, Wethersfield, Newington, Hebron, Portland, Rocky Hill, Kensington, New Britian, Berlin and more!
The most affordable way to protect your chimney from costly chimney repairs is to install a chimney cap. A chimney cap is the metal topper which covers the chimney opening and chimney liner. Chimney caps come in a wide variety of styles and are usually made of copper and stainless steel. Professional chimney sweeps understand that having a properly functioning chimney cap is a must. The job of the chimney cap is to keep moisture & debris from entering the flue, and to stop animals from building nests in your chimney. These toppers also come with spark guards that help to contain burning particles, which could otherwise land on your roof and cause a fire.
Chimney Caps Keep Out Water & Moisture
Moisture is the number one enemy of a healthy fireplace and flue. Metal fireboxes, liners and dampers can all suffer from rust and deterioration due to this common chimney problem. Chimney liner tiles and mortar can crumble & crack leading to serious structural damage. A chimney cap works to deflects the rain and keep moisture out of your chimney system. Water wears down mortar; soaks into the porous bricks, causing the masonry surface to break off (known as spalling); causes deterioration of the chimney liner, chimney damper, and metal fireboxes; and more. A properly fitted chimney cap or guard will slow down the wear and tear on your chimney and lining, potentially saving you from large repair costs. Even though chimney caps can help prevent a great number of chimney problems, proper chimney cleaning and maintenance are still recommended annually. Contact us today if you’d like to schedule a cleaning or inspection to help determine if a chimney cap would be a good investment for your chimney system.
Chimney Caps Keep Out Animals & Debris
It is hard to believe how industrious animals and birds can be over the summer crafting a wonderfully cozy nest right inside your chimney. These blockages can cause fire hazards and smoke back drafting into the home. Even just falling leaves can build up without a proper chimney cap in place. Chimney toppers with a strong mesh surround can prevent the common problem of animals getting into your chimney. Raccoons, squirrels, snakes, bats, and birds are some common animals that regularly attempt to make their way into chimneys that do not have a chimney cap. The problems associated with animals & debris in your chimney are not only frustrating, but they are dangerous, too. Nests or debris inside your chimney can cause a blockage which can quickly turn into a fire hazard. These blockages can also send smoke and toxic fumes to draft back into your living space instead of exiting out of your chimney. Contact us today if you believe your chimney already contains a blockage. We can work quickly to remove the debris and install a properly fitting chimney cap.
Chimney Caps Offer Many More Benefits
Spark guards prevent hot, burning particles from escaping out of your chimney and possibly landing on your roof or nearby flammable objects. When it’s especially windy outside, chimney caps & toppers will also prevent downdrafts by blocking the crosswinds from entering your chimney. Some chimney tops even facilitate an improved updraft function of your chimney, keeping smoke and soot out of your living space.
At Northeastern Chimney, Inc. our chimney repair and installation technicians are very knowledgeable about many types of chimney caps, guards and dampers. We will be happy to come out and make a recommendation for you and provide a written estimate to install a new chimney cap, chimney damper or guard on your chimney. We services all of Central CT including towns like Tolland, South Windsor, Wethersfield, Marlborough, Glastonbury, Hebron, Farmington, Middletown and many more