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Chimney Caps: Why are they Important?

January 20, 2015

Chimney Caps Why are they Important

Whether you are adding the finishing touches to your new home, or just completing your winterizing checklist for an older home, remember to make sure that your chimney cap is functional and in good condition. Chimney caps may not seem to be of vital importance to homeowners, but in reality, they can offer many benefits including protection against weather and debris.

There are a great many things that can damage an unprotected chimney. Chimney caps keep rain, snow, sleet, hail, birds and other unwanted elements and pests out of a chimney and outside your home.

One of the biggest problems associated with chimneys is water seeping into the house. For an instance, your chimney pipe, when left uncovered, can have the potential to leak copious amounts of water into your home. Rain coming into your home can cause damage to your walls and cause an unpleasant odor. The lid of the cap must over extend your chimney in such a way that when it rains, the rain falls off to the sides of your flue and not the top of your chimney’s crown.

A chimney cap will also be able to protect the inside of the chimney, called the liner. The moisture from the rain and snow can cause the liner to prematurely break down. By installing a cap, you can save yourself the hefty cost of replacing the liner in your chimney.

Chimney caps also play a role in keeping flying sparks and ashes off your roof; though you have the option of choosing a spark screen with a more tightly-knit mesh. Another problem with uncapped chimneys is that they serve home to unwanted tenants such as birds, racoons, and other smaller animals. When they build their new home in your chimney, you may not notice until it comes time to light your fireplace. These unwanted visitors’ nests or habitation can block the chimney increasing the risk of a chimney fire.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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