Chimney Cap Installation & Service
Chimney Solutions has been servicing and installing chimney caps for residents in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Dunwoody, Gwinnet, Duluth, Brookhaven, Marietta, and the surrounding areas for 15 years.
The most economical and practical way to protect your chimney from costly chimney repairs in the Atlanta 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 and stainless steel.
The primary functions of a chimney cap are:
- Keeping moisture out
- Keeping animals and debris out
- Providing spark protection
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 and Debris Out
Chimney tops with strong mesh can prevent the common problem of animals getting into your chimney. Raccoons, squirrels, snakes, bats, and birds are some of the animals which typically make their way into chimneys that do not have a chimney cap. In spring and summer, for instance, mother raccoons search for a den for their cubs. The raccoons seek places that are dark, quiet, and non-noxious smelling; chimneys are perfect. There are also birds called chimney swifts; they are so named because they prefer to nest in chimneys or chimney-like structures. Because they are federally protected, if chimney swifts ever make a home in your chimney, you must leave them there, putting up with a lot of chirping and droppings, until they continue their migration.
The types of problems caused by animals can be very frustrating and dangerous to deal with. Some animals climb down a chimney and can’t get back out. Besides animal droppings, which can create a bad smell, you may end up with a dead animal, which creates a horrendous odor. Nests can cause blockage, which is a fire hazard, and can send smoke and toxic fumes drafting into your home which can be dangerous.
Call our professional chimney sweeps in Atlanta, rather than dealing with potentially diseased animals yourself. We can help you choose the right chimney top 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.
Have animals already gotten into your chimney? We offer animal removal services!
Caps Provide Spark Protection and More
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 are in Atlanta, Georgia, or the surrounding areas like Roswell, Marietta, Woodstock, Norcross, Dunwoody, Duluth, Gwinnett, Sandy Springs, Smyrna and many more local towns and have a fireplace without a chimney top, we recommend that you schedule installation without delay. We will 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.