According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), a chimney cap is the most economical way to keep water out of your chimney. Unfortunately, this component does not last forever. If your chimney cap is damaged, it cannot prevent water penetration. Additionally, it can’t perform the other important jobs it can do. Ashbusters would like to tell you more about this important chimney part. That way, you know when it is time to have your chimney cap replaced.
How can I tell if my chimney cap needs to be replaced?
One clear sign that your chimney cap is damaged is standing water in your firebox. If the cap is cracked, water will be able to get into your chimney through the cracks. This water will land in the firebox. You may also be able to check the condition of your chimney cap by looking up at the chimney. If you see signs of rusting, you should replace your chimney cap. You should also consider replacing your chimney cap after a major storm. This is especially true if you think it may have suffered from wind damage. Ashbusters can always inspect the condition of your chimney cap for you.
What are the functions of a chimney cap?
Of course, the main purpose of a chimney cap is to keep water out of the chimney. However, it serves other important functions as well. Many models are equipped with mesh metal sides that prevent birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wildlife from being able to get into your chimney to nest. Those mesh metal sides also stop hot sparks from jumping out of the top of the chimney to start accidental fires. You can even find models of chimney caps that have special vents that can improve your chimney draft.
What types of chimney caps can I find at Ashbusters?
We are proud to sell and install a wide variety of different types and styles of chimney caps. You can feel confident when making your selection. Why? All of our chimney caps come with a lifetime warranty against corrosion and workmanship defect. Your flue shape will determine whether you need a square, round, or rectangle cap, but you can choose a copper or stainless steel chimney cap. We can even powder coat a cap to the color of your choice. Our knowledgeable staff will help you select the perfect type of chimney cap that best suits your needs. Are you are wanting to improve the energy efficiency of your home? If so, you may be interested in going with a top-mounted damper. This combines the functions of a chimney cap and a damper. We would love to tell you more about this product if you are interested!
Is it time to replace your chimney cap? Contact us at Ashbusters to find out more about your many options you have with us for this essential chimney component.