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Chimney Caps Protect Your Chimney from Nesting Birds

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The warmer weather is on its way, and like many in Massachusetts, you love your hearths, but cannot wait to stop heating your home and open the windows. For many, the time to shut down and clean up the fireplace is just as fun as the first time we light it for the season.  It is time to clean out and clean up your fireplaces, stovesinserts and chimneys.
Chimney Caps are an integral part of the venting system for your fireplace and the venting system is an integral part of your overall fireplace system. The weather and the wildlife are the biggest enemies of your chimney. The birds are out and trying to find a great place to make their nests, what better place than your cozy, dark chimney. Birds and other animals contribute to your chimneys’ demise. All kinds of animals like to make their homes in chimneys especially if the fireplace has not been used for a couple of years.
When chimneys are not correctly sealed, moisture gets into the cracks and seams and can ruin the chimney. Brick chimneys are extremely susceptible. This is where chimney caps can provide extra protection. Chimney caps protect against all types of weather and wind, all of which can erode a chimney. Chimney caps can really prolong the structural integrity of a chimney.

If chimney caps are not in place this spring, the risk from weather and animals is dramatically increased. There are different kinds of chimney caps for masonry or stainless steel chimneys. And Fireplace Showplace can help you decide which style is best for your home.

How Often Should You Clean Your Chimney

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 06, 2010
There's really no general rule to how often chimneys should be cleaned, however a thorough chimney inspection will help determine if chimney cleaning is to be done.  This should be done once a year in general.

After a while creosote, the residue from burning wood, will start to form around the interior walls of the chimney, a build up of 1/8 of an inch or more requires cleaning.  

It's important to keep your chimney clean not only for efficiency, but to also preventing the built-up creosote from catching fire resulting in a flue fire.  These fires can be very dangerous.

Although there are many do-it-yourself cleaning equipment to handle chimney cleaning, it's also best to consult with professional chimney cleaners.

Fireplace Showcase Offers Chimney Caps

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Ever wonder how some chimneys stay so intact and clean? The answer is simple -- chimney caps. What are chimney caps? Chimney caps serve a number of purposes, including home safety, preventing disruptive occurrences and avoiding costly repairs. Chimney caps usually are made of aluminum, copper, galvanized or stainless steel. Metal chimneys commonly have caps when purchased, while masonry chimneys may need one added. Your fireplace will be complete with its fresh new chimney cap. Chimney caps have wide benefits such as from animals to the elements

It is common for birds to enter a chimney that does not have a chimney cap, typically looking for a nesting area. The birds can also fly into the fireplace and, if the fireplace door is open, right into the house. If the nesting material in the chimney is not removed, the blockage can cause carbon monoxide to build up in the house.

When it rains, the rain coming into the chimney can cause unpleasant odors and damage flue walls. Rain also may run down into the stovepipe and the stove itself, or into the fireplace, and cause further damage. Even wind can harm an unprotected chimney by creating downdrafts that can cause smoke. Chimney caps minimize all of these negative effects. So now you know. Chimney caps do much more than preventing embers and sparks from flying out of the chimney and causing severe (and sometimes fatal) damage.

Chimney Caps keep water and wildlife out

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Did you get water in your fireplace with all of the rain this past month? Don't let it happen again. We can provide you with a stainless steel chimney cap that will prevent both rain and critters (wildlife) from coming into your home. We can provide you with the right chimney cap for a "do it yourself" project or we can do the entire job for you. 

Chimney caps come in galvanized steel, painted galvanized steel and stainless steel. The steel caps will essentially last the life of the house and are the best value, unless you’re looking for decorative features.  The Fireplace Showcase can handle all measurements and installations.

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