Prevent Moisture Damage & Keep Critters Out of Your Chimney
The primary functions of a chimney cap are:
- Keeping moisture out
- Keeping animals and debris out
- Providing spark protection
The most economical and practical way to protect your chimney from costly chimney repairs in Maryland and DC area is to install a chimney cap. A chimney top is a safety feature which covers the chimney opening. The chimney topper fits over the top of your chimney liner and is installed at the top of the chimney. The most inexpensive feature of a chimney system, the cap is about as important as a roof on your house and screens covering your open windows. Chimney toppers come in a wide variety of styles and are usually made of copper or stainless steel.
Chimney Caps Keep Moisture Out
A chimney cap does an excellent job of keeping out moisture. Water is the biggest enemy to your chimney system and causes the most chimney damage. Water wears down mortar; soaks into the porous bricks, causing the masonry surface to break off (known as spalling); causes deterioration of the chimney liner, chimney damper, and metal fireboxes; and more. By deflecting the rain and reducing the intrusion of water, a chimney topper also increases the longevity of your chimney.
Chimney Caps Keep Animals & Debris Out
At Madeline Chimney and Masonry Pros, we know how to handle all types of problems with your chimney–including animal removal. With over 18 years of experience, our Maryland-based company is equipped with the skills needed to remove your furry friend. We are here to take care of your animal problems, quickly removing them from the chimney without causing any more damage. If there are nesting materials lodged in your chimney, our cleaners will make sure all debris is completely removed. We maintain high standards of service, ensuring any animal is treated humanely. After removing the animal, we can even install a chimney cap to prevent future critters from nesting or lodging in your chimney.
Call our professional chimney sweeps at Madeline Chimney and Masonry Pros in Maryland, rather than dealing with potentially diseased animals yourself. We can help you choose the right chimney cap for your chimney and avoid any further animal intrusions. Sometimes leaves can make their way into a chimney and cause blockage, bad smells, and chimney fires. The mesh on a chimney topper can also prevent leaves and other debris from entering your chimney system during windy stormy weather.
Chimney Caps Keep Moisture Out
Chimney caps also have spark guards, which prevent still-burning airborne particles from entering the environment through your chimney and possibly landing on your rooftop or on nearby flammable materials. When it’s especially windy outside, chimney toppers prevent downdrafts because they block the crosswinds from entering your chimney. Some chimney tops even facilitate an improved updraft function of your chimney. If you live in Maryland or DC, or surrounding communities of Rockville, Bethesda, Potomac, Olney, Gaithersburg, Germantown, College Park, Bowie, Annapolis, Silver Spring or other local communities in our service area and have a fireplace without a chimney top, we recommend that you schedule a chimney cap installation without delay. We install a properly fitted chimney cap, and though annual chimney cleanings and inspections are still recommended, the chimney top will very likely save you a lot of money on future chimney repair costs.
If you need Chimney Cap inspection or notice an animal in your chimney, please call Madeline Chimney and Masonry at 301-765-4044.