What is a Chimney Cap?
A chimney cap, also referred to as chimney termination covers, spark arresters, chimney animal guards, or chimney cover is located at the top of the chimney. A chimney cover is needed to cover all chimney flues: fireplaces, furnaces flues, water heaters, boilers, dryer vents, and even kitchen exhaust hoods. Many people question whether it is necessary or not. The reality is that the proper spark arrester will protect your chimney from numerous issues and can save a homeowner thousands of dollars in unnecessary chimney repairs or damage expenses.
A chimney cover has three main functions:
- Prevents sparks and burning ashes from escaping your chimney and landing onto your roof or surrounding areas.
- Keeps rain and water from getting into your chimney. Water is very harmful to the inside of your chimney: it will wash away the mortar joints and cause flue tile damage which compromises the fire worthiness. A chimney cap is like an umbrella on top of your chimney to keep out the rain.
- Keeps out debris and animals. Animals such as birds, squirrels, and bats love to nest in chimneys because of the warmth. A termination cover prevents animals from entering. It also keeps out leaves and branches.
Will Chimney Caps Cause Draft Problems?
At times adding a cover incorrectly can create draft problems. However, if you hire Capital Chimney Corp. we can fix a draft problem and install the product that is best for your venting system. Actually, there are specially designed chimney caps that reduce draft problems or correct existing ones. There are a few codes about the termination of chimneys so it is important to hire a professional chimney service company. A faulty installation can create more problems. Spark arresters installed by Capital Chimney Corp. are stainless steel with a lifetime warranty. When you allow us to properly install your chimney cover, we can solve an existing problem as well as prevent new ones from taking place.