Chimney Cap Repair Service
A chimney cap is a covering that can be installed over the top of a chimney to keep water and debris from falling into the flue. Caps are designed to allow all of the smoke and gases from burning fuel to pass through without an issue, but will also stop water and larger debris or animals from entering the chimney. Caps are usually made out of copper or stainless steel. They are also equipped with spark guards which keep lit embers from escaping the top of the chimney and igniting the roof or nearby trees. This simple device is actually a vital element to a chimney system in protecting the chimney from damage and keeping a home safe.
Chimney Cap Installation
If your chimney cap is in need of repairs, or if you need a cap installed, trust Mercer County Chimney Services ten years of experience in the area. Our fully licensed, trained, and insured technicians can take care of all of your chimney needs, including repairing or installing chimney caps.
The main responsibility of a chimney cap is in preventing moisture from entering the flue. Water inside a flue causes mortar to deteriorate, and moisture can seep into bricks which can cause the masonry to fall apart. This especially occurs when the water freezes and thaws during the changing seasons. The water can also damage the chimney liner as well as form rust on the fireplace dampers and inside the firebox. A well-functioning chimney cap will prevent these issues from occurring. Prevention is always cheaper than fixing problems, especially in the case of water damage. Make sure that your chimney cap is functioning the way it is supposed to.
Chimney caps include mesh that can prevent debris and animals from entering the flue. Animals like raccoons, squirrels, snakes, bats, and birds can make their way into chimneys that do not have caps. Sometimes, during the seasons when you are not using your chimney, animals can build nests and set up homes inside of the flue. Debris can also fall into chimneys, especially during storms or windy days. Leaves, twigs, and other debris can accumulate inside of a chimney, causing blockage. A chimney blocked by animal nests or debris can cause drafting problems, leading to smoke and other gases backing up into your home. Dangerous carbon monoxide could even be pushed into the home if unable to vent properly. Our chimney sweeps can clear any blockage within a chimney, but in order to prevent blockage from debris or animal nests from occurring, make sure you have a functioning chimney cap.
Chimney caps also protect your home from hot embers that may escape the flue. As smoke rises through a chimney, it could possibly take embers up with it. These still-burning embers can land on your roof on in the branches of nearby trees and could start fires. Chimney caps protect from this possibility with their spark guards, giving you peace of mind.
If you need chimney cap repair or installation, call us at 609-802-5288. Mercer County Chimney Services operate in cities across the county, including Hamilton NJ, Lawrenceville NJ, Chesterfield NJ and Allentown NJ.