- Posted: June 17, 2016Categories: BlogRead more »
Proper maintenance of your fireplace is incredibly important. The best way to prevent needing constant maintenance is by investing in the right accessories from the offset. Not only can chimney caps be a fun way to express your design preferences, but they have several technical benefits to ensure that your fireplace is long-lasting and free of damage. Here, we’re going to outline a couple of the reasons why investing in a chimney cap is so beneficial for the health of your fireplace.
Keeping your chimney clear is very important for the safe and proper escape of air from your fireplace. If there is a blockage that prevents air from escaping, that air has to go somewhere, and the only place for it to go is into the rest of your home. A smokey house is not a pleasant house, and blockages like debris build up or a small animal choosing to make your chimney into its new home can really create some issues. A chimney cap will prevent unwanted access to your chimney, as well as allow for the escape of smoke and debris when necessary.
If you have the luxury of your own fireplace, you most likely know that dry wood and dry conditions in general are ideal for creating a roaring fire. This means that you want as little moisture in your firebox and chimney as possible, which can be difficult if you have a chimney without a cap. Just like how the rest of your roof is susceptible to harsh weather condition
- Posted: July 08, 2015Categories: Fireplace Advice, Chimney AccessoriesRead more »
There has always been speculation about the necessity of having a chimney cap for chimneys. In all reality, having a chimney cap will help protect your chimney and your home from all different types of damages, which can be prevented by utilizing the chimney cap as soon as possible. Here we have listed 2 of the main reasons why we focus on the importance of a chimney cap.
Reasons for A Chimney Cap
First and foremost, unwanted guests - Chimneys are naturally built to be exposed at the top to allow all of the excess from the fireplace, up the flue, and outside of the home. Now, chimneys are open at the top for a very good reason on behalf of ourselves and our families. Unfortunately animals have also adopted the idea that it is a wonderful idea. With that being said, going without a chimney cap can lead to all sorts of critters going down into the flue and down into your chimney. Birds and the nest they create naturally, are a serious hazard for chimneys without a chimney cap. A birds nest can actually block a chimney flue, which can lead to carbon monoxide buildup inside of the home because it cannot escape up the flue. In many cases not having a chimney cap, and birds creating their homes in the flue can cause a chimney fire, which can be deadly. It isn't just animals, human beings have also been known to attempt to climb down a chimney without realizing the size limitations, they then get stuck and some have ended up with the most undesirable fate.
Rain Damage Prevention
The other main reason for a chimney cap is to prevent any rain damage - when rain gets into an uncapped chimney it causes the flue itself to deteriorate as well as the smoke shelf and the area down below it. Many many people are completely unaware of this but rainwater plus coal soot forms sulfuric acid, which can be detrimentally destructive. Rainwater can also rust a fireplace damper, as well as rusting the innards