With autumn in full swing, it’s time to prepare your fireplace for another Maryland winter. In addition to getting the structure cleaned and inspected for damage, you should also consider installing a chimney cap if you don’t already have one. Columbia Chimney Sweeps recommends one to all of their clients in Howard County for the following reasons.
Why Your Home Needs a Chimney Cap
1. Prevent Critter Infestations
Without anything to guard the opening of your chimney, any outdoor pest can make their home inside. You may end up with birds, bats, or squirrels making little nests in your house. They may also get trapped and die in your chimney, causing unpleasant odors and insect problems. Custom-fitted chimney caps will prevent critters from entering.
2. Prevent Water Damage
One of the biggest threats to your chimney’s structure and safety is water damage. Water can cause your metal chimney liner to rust, mortar to crack, and mold to develop. Structural damage can become a fire hazard, but chimney caps ensure safety by preventing excess rainwater from entering your home while still allowing smoke to escape.
3. Prevents Downdrafts
When the wind is blowing a certain way or the air pressure is lower inside your home, it can cause downdrafts where the breeze is sucked into the chimney. This cools your home down, and if it happens while you have a fire in the hearth, it can fill the room with smoke. A chimney cap with a flat top prevents these unpleasant drafts.
To have a cap installed on your home, get in touch with Columbia Chimney Sweeps today. They install only durable, stainless steel products, and each comes with a lifetime warranty so you’ll never worry about paying for a replacement. When they put the chimney cap on, they can also conduct an inspection and cleaning to get your fireplace fully ready for the winter ahead. Call them today at (410) 997-3181 or visit their website to learn more about their services.