Is the metal cap on your chimney looking a little rusty or tilted to the side? Does that mean it’s time to replace it, or can it be repaired? Capital Chimney Corp. is here to answer your questions and provide any service your Chicago area home may need.
What Does A Chimney Cap Do?
The chimney cap protects the structure from water and ice incursion. It also prevents birds and other animals from nesting. When properly functioning, it stops sparks from escaping out the top and downdrafts from pushing smoke back into your home.
Signs Of A Faulty Chimney Cap
If your cap is older than five years, it might be time for a new one. The most common symptom of a failed cap is water collecting inside at the bottom. Once water gets inside, it eats away at the mortar or lining, undermining the structural integrity. Take a good look twice a year for visible signs that it needs replacement.
- Water Leaks
- Missing Cap
- Visible Rust And Corrosion
- Badly Smoking Fireplace
When Should It Be Replaced?
If you have leaks around the cap, now is the time to schedule a repair or replacement. Most come with an expected lifespan of around ten years. Replacing it is always a smart idea if you are having it repointed or repaired for other types of damage. It is a minimal investment when compared to a complete rebuild.
Annual Inspection Is The Best Protection
Many homes built in the Chicago area feature a chimney that may not be visible from the ground. For this reason, Capital Chimney suggests that you schedule an annual inspection, which includes the cap.
A Routine Inspection Prevents Serious Damage
Our crews use safe ladders and fall-arrest equipment to reach your roof. Once there, we inspect the mortar of the chimney, the masonry crown, the roofing seals, and the cap for any wear and tear. In many instances, we find minor problems that can be fixed the same day, which can save you thousands of dollars down the road.
Reach Out Now For All Your Chimney Cap Needs
As a full-service business, we inspect, install, and repair all parts of your chimney, guarding your home’s value against damage and protecting the safety of your family. If you have any concerns about your chimney and the cap, call Capital Chimney or reach out via our site to schedule your inspection today.