A chimney cap, also called a flue top cover, is a metal structure located at the peak of the chimney. It comes in a variety of sizes, shapes and finishes to match the chimney and the rest of the exterior. In this article, chimney sweep Batts’ Chimney Services reveals the reasons why having a chimney cap is extremely important for your home.
- It protects your home from water damage. Without a chimney cap, weather elements like rain and snow can easily fall down your chimney. Over time, moisture will either erode or warp the damper, making it difficult to operate and weaken the flue lining, putting your home at risk of a house fire when you use the fireplace.
- It prevents pest problems. If your chimney is not covered, a bird, squirrel or insects can travel to the living space through the chimney. Pests and other small animals like bats and raccoons can also bring serious diseases and other unwelcome guests like maggots. Moreover, animal droppings, according to chimney repair and inspection specialists, can produce unpleasant odors that may get stronger when the fireplace is burning.
- It is a safeguard against roof damage. Another advantage of installing a chimney cap is that it minimizes the risk of the roof catching fire. The steel or copper mesh that prevents rain and animals from getting into your chimney also wards off sparks or embers in the smoke from the fireplace from escaping. Without this protection, your rooftop can easily catch fire, so it is absolutely necessary to invest in one.
You can count on Batts’ Chimney Services for high-quality chimney cleaning, chimney repair, and other chimney maintenance services. Schedule a convenient appointment with us today. Call us at (256) 906-1139 or fill out our contact form. We serve homeowners in Northern Alabama and Greater Birmingham.