Spring is here. Many homeowners are beginning to clean up hearths and chimneys now that the cold weather season is over. As the cold weather starts, it is fun to get the fireplace ready, but now that the warm weather is here, it is just as fun to shut it down.
Spring season also means that animals, birds and other critters are starting to come out of hibernation, or are starting to build their homes. Chimneys are the perfect place for an animals’ new home. Weather and the wildlife are your chimneys’ biggest enemies. All kinds of animals like to make their homes in chimneys especially if the fireplace has not been used for a couple of years. Animals in chimneys will often lead to animals in your home. Chimney caps can prevent nesting.
Now that it is time to shut down your fireplaces and wood stoves, it is also time to care for the venting system for your fireplace as well. Chimney Caps are an integral part of that venting system. Without chimney caps, moisture can get into your chimney which can cause cracks. Cracks and seams can ruin your chimney. If your chimney is brick, it is particularly susceptible to moisture.
Wind and weather can erode a chimney and chimney caps can provide extra protection against weather and wind while prolonging its structural integrity.