Chimney caps are available in all shapes and sizes, and in stainless steel or copper. More chimney damage is caused by the lack of a chimney cap than any other source. A chimney cap will stop rain as well as birds and animals from getting in your chimney. Spark guards on the chimney cap will arrest sparks before additional problems occur.
Keep Critters Out! An uncapped chimney invites wildlife into your chimney, which may also provide access to pests and insects that further invade your home. Bird nests, squirrel nests (above right, with squirrel curled up in the chimney) and fallen leaves cause blockages in the chimney, creating a fire hazard. Chimney caps with spark guard screens keep leaves from falling into your chimney and keep out nesting birds and animals.
Rain causes premature deterioration to the chimney interior (both fireplaces and furnace) and can damage metal fireboxes and dampers. It can also erode flue tiles and mortar joints, causing them to crumble and leave dangerous cracks and blockages.
Rain has deteriorated the chimney at right; the mortar crown is cracked, allowing moisture to also erode the mortar between the bricks. The economy black cap, covering only one flue, has also caused rust stains; the other flue has been totally unprotected. CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE
This chimney has also been neglected for many years. There is no mortar crown to force rain water off of the chimney. The moisture problem is so bad that moss is growing on the chimney top and walls; white efflorescent stains are visible and the mortar is so badly corroded that the bricks could be removed by hand, without even using a tool. This chimney top needs to be rebuilt because of poor construction that has been accelerated by weather damage.
The multiflue chimney cap, shown at right in stainless steel, serves as a cover for two flues while also helping protect the mortar crown against water damage. The style and size also is proportionate to the chimney and compliments the architecture of the house.
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