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Does your chimney need a cap? Most likely, it does. Read on to find out why and how you need to get one for your home.
If you decide to have a chimney system, then it’s important to get it right! The chimney flue, liner, crown, flashing, damper, and smoke chamber are all necessary components to ensure the chimney system works efficiently, properly, and safely. However, one component that sometimes gets overlooked is the chimney cap. Installing a chimney cap has many benefits.
Home Value Benefits
Aside from several other factors, a home’s amenities and appeal increase the value of a home. A chimney cap is an additive feature that makes a home appealing for several reasons.
Prevents Water from Entering
Without a chimney cap, water enters the chimney flue anytime it rains. Moisture in the form of rain or snow can cause damage to attics, ceilings, and walls. A chimney cap will help prevent all that.
Increased Chimney Efficiency
One common problem with an open chimney is that a blast of cold wind forms a downdraft that forcefully enters a house, reducing the energy efficiency. A chimney cap minimizes this from happening. As a result, the heating efficiency is improved, meaning lower costs.
Prevents Fire Hazard
The wire mesh on chimney caps also serves as spark deflectors. They keep hot embers and sparks from escaping the top of the chimney. Such escape of spark can accidentally ignite the roof or start a bush fire.
Several wildlife animals are opportunists and would not mind gaining access to a house in search of food or shelter. An open chimney is an open invitation to wild animals like raccoons, snakes, squirrels, birds, and many more. Raccoons, in particular, love to give birth and raise their young in chimneys. Here are some reasons you need to keep them out.
Many wild animals are carriers of several zoonotic diseases. Their droppings, especially, contain several parasites that are harmful to humans. Some common examples include roundworm, giardia infection, tularemia, hantavirus, tapeworm, avian flu and so much more. Chimney caps will help keep wildlife where they belong – in the wild!
Once some wild animals enter a chimney, they’re unable to come out. If they’re not removed in time, they may die there. You definitely wouldn’t want to deal with the pungent odor and the removal of a dead wild animal from your house.
Due to the warmth provided by chimneys, birds love to seek shelter at chimney tops. Bird droppings are acidic and can damage your roofing. Have you heard of the bird ‘chimney swifts’? As the name suggests they particularly love residing at chimney tops. Even worse, they are a protected species. This means that once they build a nest in your chimney you have to put up with their chirping till their next migratory phase.
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