Winters Coming: 4 Reasons You Need To Make Sure You Have A Chimney Cap On Your Fireplace

Posted on: 2 November 2018

If you have a fireplace in your home, you need to have a chimney cap. If you're not sure whether you have one, head outside and look up at your chimney. If you have an older home, there's a chance that the cap has fallen off over the years. If it has, or it looks severely damaged, it's time to have a new one installed. You might not realize this, but that chimney cap protects you and your home from a variety of problem situations. Here are just four of the reasons why you need a functioning chimney cap on your fireplace.

Prevent Pest Problems

If your fireplace isn't protected by a chimney cap, you have an increased risk of pest problems. That's because pests find an open chimney to be the perfect entrance to your home. This is particularly true when it comes to pests such as raccoons, squirrels and even mice. Without the chimney cap, birds will use the space in your chimney as a place to build their nests. You can prevent the pest problems by closing off access to your home with a chimney cap.

Keep Moisture at a Minimum

If you live in an area that experiences frequent rain or snow fall, you need to make sure that you have a chimney cap on your fireplace. Without the cap, all that moisture will find its way right into your home. Not only will the excess moisture ruin the inside of your fireplace, it will also encourage mold growth. Keep the moisture out with a new chimney cap.

Stop Unhealthy Downdrafts

If you experience frequent wind storms in your area, and you don't have a functioning chimney cap on your fireplace, you probably contend with more than your fair share of downdrafts. Unfortunately, downdrafts aren't just a nuisance; they're also a health problem. Downdrafts occur when wind enters an unprotected chimney and sends smoke back into your home. That smoke creates an unhealthful breathing situation for you. It also increases your risk of house fires, especially if the smoke carries lit embers into your home. Stop the downdrafts with a new chimney cap.

Keep Debris Out of the Chimney

If you have trees in your yard, you need to have a chimney cap. That's because debris from the trees, such as falling leaves and twigs, can end up in your fireplace without the cap. The debris can make cleaning your fireplace more difficult. Eliminate the problem by placing a new cap on your chimney.

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