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A Functional Chimney Cap Can Save You Thousands

Summer has officially come to a close and cooler weather is on its way. This time of the year marks the start of many things like school for the kids, leaves changing colors, and preparing for the upcoming holidays. Some of you may even have your fireplace on your mind because it will soon turn cold enough to light a fire. With the start of a new fire-burning season comes the usual appointment to have the chimney inspected and swept, but what about the other parts of your chimney? Your fireplace is more than a dirty chimney. It has many working parts that need regular attention as well to keep the system running smoothly. One part that many homeowners neglect too often is the chimney cap.

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The chimney cap is a small apparatus that sits at the very top of the chimney and acts as a cover to the interior flue. Usually made of copper or steel, these inexpensive contraptions may seem superfluous, but they actually serve some very important purposes. The main use for a chimney cap is to keep things out of the chimney that do not belong there.

One obvious guest you want your chimney cap to prevent is any kind of pest. Little animals like squirrels and birds are attracted to the warmth of the chimney during the frigid Massachusetts winters, and they have no qualms about settling into your flue. Unfortunately, this obstruction does not allow the chimney to properly vent the smoke and toxic fumes created by the fire. In turn, these gases backup into your home and cause a potentially deadly situation for you and your family. Having a properly fitting and functioning chimney cap will prevent this.

The chimney cap also keeps water out of your chimney. Water can damage your chimney in a number of ways. First, it will cause the steel flue lining to rust and deteriorate. This compromised structure then exposes the interior structure of the chimney to water. If you have a masonry chimney, the water will absorb into the materials and eventually degrade the structure through the freeze and thaw cycle of winter. The structure could eventually crack or even collapse. Water can also continue down into your fireplace and rust your damper assembly or cause water damage to your interior walls and ceiling. These repairs can add up to thousands of dollars and can all be avoided by a functional chimney cap.

When you have a mason out to clean and inspect your chimney, he or she should also look at your chimney cap. If the cap has experienced any kind of damage in the past year, or if it is missing completely, your mason can give you expert advice on how to proceed. Most likely, the least expensive route will be to simply have a new cap installed.

If you live in the Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth or Barnstable Counties of Massachusetts and you need your chimney cap inspected, contact Above and Beyond Chimney Service for a professional consultation.

Put a Cap on Your Animal Problems!

Animals are cute and cuddly, and we love watching funny videos of them on YouTube. But they stop being cute and fun when they start invading our personal space, namely our chimneys.

Give the pros at Above & Beyond Chimney Service a call at 781-383-0415 if you have an animal intrusion problem.

Give the pros at Above & Beyond Chimney Service a call at 781-383-0415 if you have an animal intrusion problem.

Since the beginning of the chimney industry, animals have been one of the top concerns of homeowners and chimney professionals alike. Our team here at Above and Beyond Chimney Service has had our fair share of animal complaints from homeowners from all over. And we’ve dealt with each case effectively.
What can animals do to our chimneys?

There are a lot of things that could go wrong when animals such as raccoons and squirrels get inside your chimney. But to help you better picture it out, here is a short list that might be helpful.

  • Animals are furry or hairy, and they live outdoors. When animals get inside your chimney the chance of them bringing in foreign dirt and such is rather high.
  • Animals are a known and common host for smaller pests such as fleas, mites and ticks. Once they find their way inside your chimney, so do their parasitic friends.
  • Unlike the raccoons, bats and chimney swifts, some animals have no means of getting themselves out of the chimney once they find themselves inside. So what happens to majority of the animals is they get stuck inside, then they starve and eventually they die.

Basically, all these scenarios lead to the same thing, and that is chimney blockage. And we all know a blocked chimney can pave the way to a lot of dangerous and more difficult situations.

How can one prevent animals from entering their chimney?

If you decide to do a little research on your own, you will find several ways of keeping animals out. These suggestions have been posted by various people all around the world. You could try that out if you find it more convenient. Some methods may work for you and some may not, it all actually depends on the method and it’s compatibility with your chimney and your situation.

But then there is one method that we recommend and that is approved by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and that is capping. It’s easy, safe and it’s guaranteed to keep pests, animals and any kind of external force out of your chimney.

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