If you own a home, especially in a cold environment, a functional fireplace and chimney system is among the most essential components that you must keep in mind.
Fireplaces help to keep houses warm. Unfortunately, if owners do not maintain them correctly, or fail to install essential components such as chimney caps, the structural damage to walls, and the potential risks this accessory will pose to residents of a home can be hard to stomach. This process, involving selection of caps (design and size) and fitting then on the opening of a fireplace’s chimney is simple, and requires basic masonry skills, to complete successfully.
Benefits of Installing Chimney Caps
The benefits of installing a functional chimney cap on a home cannot be understated. First, a chimney cap can help to keep water and excess moisture away from your chimney and fireplace in general, when it rains. This helps to protect the stainless steel plates used to line contemporary chimneys from damage. Excess water and moisture from the environment can also damage chimney mortar joints and dampers faster, causing structural damage worth hundreds of dollars. Finally, molds, mildews, and other harmful fungi thrive on chimney walls constantly exposed to water or moisture. As wind blows up and down the chimney, spores may dislodge from the structure and land in the home, increasing the overall risk of harmful medical conditions.
A good chimney cap can help to bolster the security of a home in several ways. First, it can help to keep out animal intruders such as birds and raccoons, which increase the risk of fire hazards in the home. If birds and other four-legged rodents have access to a chimney, they use flammable materials such as twigs, leaves, and at times plastic materials to build their nests. When the fireplace is in use, sparks of fire from logs or burning debris can travel up the chimney, lightening up the nests, and causing fire hazards. These intruders can also die in the chimney, attracting maggots and or flies, and releasing a pungent odor, which pollutes the home. Without the help of a chimney cap, sparks and embers can also land on the roof of a home easily, heightening the risk of fires. Finally, the flat top design of most chimney caps lowers the risk of down drafts, when the weather becomes violent. This lowers the risk of blowing fire in the house when using a fireplace, significantly.
Homes without Chimney Caps
Owners of homes that lack chimney caps grapple with many issues. First, raccoons and birds commonly nest on the walls of their chimneys. They as a result, increase risk of fire hazards, and often pollute environment of the home when they die, or excrete in the chimney. Chimneys that lack good caps also degrade faster than those with the accessory do. Water, frost, or moisture from the environment also degrade the walls of chimneys, their dampers, and mortar junctions faster, costing homeowners hundreds of dollars in structural repairs.
Chimney cap installation is a essential household component that all homeowners should consider on their chimneys. They help to bolster the security of the home, help to ward off intruders, and lower structural damage from harsh environmental elements. This however, does not mean that you should buy a cheap cam online, or in any flea market in your locality and install it in your chimney. Make sure that the size and design of the accessory you are contemplating buying conforms to the size and shape of your chimney. The material used to make your cap of choice must also be tough, and be able to serve your well in the harshest of environments.