Why Chimney Caps are important?
Like the rest of your house, chimneys are built to withstand the nature elements, the most destructive of which is probably water in its solid and liquid forms. Nevertheless, despite their relative fortification by way of brick, stone, and mortar, all chimneys possess one fatal flaw—namely, a gaping hole that points straight up into the sky. And we all know what comes down from the sky.
As a result, even the best and most expensive chimneys are predisposed to water damage by design. What kind of damage can water inflict? You name it! What can you do about it? Well, your best (and perhaps only) line of defense against precipitation is something called a chimney cap.
What is a Chimney Cap?
Exactly what it sounds like! It’s a cap—usually a little cone or a rectangular cage with sloping sides—that sits atop your chimney to prevent rainwater from getting into places it doesn’t belong (like, say, your fireplace). Since your flue—or the duct that carries smoke and vapor out of your home—is always wide open, it’s imperative to have a properly functioning chimney cap.
If any water were to enter the flue, it could cause a world of trouble. Regular precipitation could eat away at the mortar and bricks, causing structural damage; it could then penetrate and weaken the walls and ceiling around your fireplace; it might even dampen your wood and put out your fires on those rainy days when you most need one. Chimney caps also serve the dual function of keeping sparks and embers from spewing out onto your roof and setting squirrels (or your roof) on fire.
What Purpose do Chimney Caps Serve?
But chimney caps don’t just protect your chimney from water damage; they also protect your home from invasion. That’s right: you would not believe how alluring exposed chimneys are to critters of all stripes (like the aforementioned squirrel flambé). Something about the warm, dark, bottomless pit of a chimney just makes birds and raccoons and anything else fluffy and flea-ridden feel right at home. Now, these nesting animals can cause damage on their own, but the biggest problem is the obstruction your flue. This will not just reduce ventilation; it also poses a significant fire hazard. As you can probably imagine, a chimney cap (with a cage) is the easiest way to avoid hosting rodent barbecue on your rooftop.
Chimney Monkey rain cap experts are at the ready to inspect, service, and repair chimney caps of all varieties to ensure good ventilation year-round to customers in the Chicago region. Give them a call at 847-994-4388 to receive a free quote and consultation!