If you have seen the top of a chimney, you will notice an opening at the top where a pipe protrudes just above the top. That protrusion is a chimney’s flue, and it’s where smoke and toxic fumes exit the chimney. The problem with a flue is that it is essentially a hole leading into the chimney. All sorts of issues can occur from a flue left open to the elements and whatever else may find its way inside. How, then, do you keep these kinds of things out of a chimney’s flue? A chimney cap.
There are actually several reasons to install a cap on your chimney. The first and the primary purpose of a flue cap is to keep rain, snow, hail, and sleet out of your chimney. Water can do immense damage to a chimney on the inside, from the chimney liner to its masonry. A wet chimney liner also allows mold and mildew to grow inside it, making conditions in your home unhealthy.
A flue cap also keeps wildlife from making your chimney their new home. Birds, bats, squirrels, and other creatures often find their way into an uncovered flue. A flue cap also prevents leaves, pine needles, and other debris from collecting inside the flue and blocking it. A blockage can be deadly when a fire is lit; it prevents toxic gases like carbon monoxide from leaving your fireplace and instead will move inside your house.
The first step in the process of installing a flue cap is to have your chimney inspected to ensure there are no additional issues that may exist. A qualified chimney inspector should only inspect your chimney, don’t let a landscaper or a roofer do your chimney inspection. FlameMaster’s chimney sweeps are Chimney Sweep Institute of America (CSIA) certified and will install your flue cap so that it is secure and will last for years to come. If your current flue cap is damaged or missing, it needs to be replaced for the long-term benefit of your house.
If you have an open flue, then it’s time to have a flue cover installed. Leaving your flue open to the elements can end up being pricey from the number of repairs that will need to be done. Don’t wait that long to have a flue cap installed.
FlameMaster will come to your home and inspect your chimney and install a new and effective flue cap. We perform chimney inspection and repair services in Woodland Park CO, Colorado Springs CO, Canon City CO, Westcliffe CO, Cotapaxi CO, and Howard CO; call us right away at (719) 661-3277. We will be happy to discuss installing a flue cap on your chimney.