In order to work at its best, your chimney needs some help from a few components, such as the chimney cap. Without a chimney cap professionally installed on its top, your chimney is not as protected as it should be. Chimney caps keep water and wild animals out of your chimney. In addition, certain models can even direct the wind to improve the exhaust draft. If you do need a chimney cap installed or maintained, give Blue Ridge Chimney Services a call. Once you have selected your cap, our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney technicians can expertly install it to ensure it fits properly on the top of your chimney. We would like to tell you more about why chimney caps are so important.
PREVENT WATER PENETRATION
According to the CSIA, a chimney cap is the most economical way to keep water from rain and melted ice and snow from entering into your home through the chimney. Preventing water penetration is very important to avoid extensive and expensive damage to the chimney and to other parts of your home. When there is no chimney cap in place, water can easily enter your home. Water leads to major problems like structural deterioration and mold growth.
KEEP OUT BIRDS AND WILD ANIMALS
Chimney caps also stop birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals from entering the chimney to nest. If you have had animals in your chimney recently, springtime is the perfect time to cap your chimney. Many wild animals like to return to their same nesting spots. It is illegal under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to remove certain species of birds from your chimney.
We can show you models of chimney caps equipped with mesh metal sides that will keep out wild animals. If you are having draft problems, we can recommend a chimney cap with special side vents that will direct the wind to improve performance. Contact us today to learn more about how we can protect your chimney with our professional chimney cap installation services.