How Do You Know if You Need a New Chimney Cap?

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A regular chimney inspection by a CSIA certified chimney sweep isn’t the only way to know if you need a new chimney cap. You may notice water in the firebox or a musty smell coming from the chimney. You may suddenly have a small bird or animal in the chimney causing problems. Or you may simply notice the damage as you’re performing your own visual inspection while looking at your home. You see your home on a daily basis, so you’re more likely to notice damages as they occur.

The Important Role of the Chimney Cap

You’ve probably seen your chimney cap several times and thought that it looked pretty good sitting there atop your chimney. Many homeowners even like to watch the smoke roll from the various openings of the chimney cap. A decorative chimney cap is even nicer to look at; you can even order custom chimney caps if you really want to make a style statement.

The chimney cap does much more than simply look good, however. It protects the chimney from invasive animals and birds. The chimney is a nice warm spot for animals to find shelter from the elements, cool weather, and from predators. You probably don’t want to experience something like an uninvited raccoon making himself at home in your kitchen while you’re out like this lady. True story!

The chimney cap also protects your flue from damage from debris during a wind storm and keeps water out of the flue when it rains or snows. They also prevent cold downdrafts from entering your home through the chimney. See? A chimney cap has quite the job to perform while looking amazing.

How to Choose the Right Chimney Cap

Purchasing a chimney cap isn’t always a straightforward ordeal. Most flue openings are either 3 inches or 4 inches. That’s pretty simple, you buy the cap that fits your flue and has the aesthetic you want, and install it. Look for a cap that complements your home in some way so that it adds to the overall aesthetic.

You may also want to consider purchasing a custom chimney cap. They’re relatively inexpensive and look amazing. A custom chimney cap will really dress your chimney up, make it look great, and protect the chimney as well.

Call us at 610-626-2439 for an appointment for a chimney inspection, chimney repair, or chimney cleaning. We will make a point to inspect your chimney cap and let you know if it needs to be replaced.

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