Do you want a tip that can save you a lot of trouble and money in the future? It might not be a hot stock tip but a putting a chimney cap on your chimney can save you a bundle. You’re probably asking yourself why install a chimney cap? The real question is why not.

A chimney cap isn’t a decorative accessory to draw attention to your chimney cap, but serves the purpose of covering for the top of your chimney and preventing water and literally everything else from entering the chimney. Water in its different forms such as rain, snow or moisture enters the flue anytime there is precipitation if your chimney doesn’t have a chimney cap. Once it enters the home it can make its way to the living room and rot the brickwork on its way down.

Another important benefit of a chimney cap is that it can reduce and stop downdrafts from entering the home which cause your home to fill with smoke. The situation worsens especially if you live in a windy area. When cold air enters the home through the chimney it makes it more difficult to heat the home efficiently.   

The added benefit is that they keep animals out of your chimney flue. When the weather gets cold animals can make a home inside your chimney including birds, raccoons, and squirrels. There are many laws regarding the safe removal of birds from chimneys and you should trust that to professionals. Some animals get trapped in chimneys and die. It’s important to have your chimney cap professionally installed and sized for a custom fit to prevent animal intrusion.

There are basically three types of chimney cap material – Galvanized, Stainless and Copper. Installing a galvanized chimney caps doesn’t make any sense, they rust and do not last very long. When galvanized chimneys rust, the bolts fall out and the caps tend to get blown off the chimney. There are many types of chimney caps that have been designed specifically for metal or masonry chimneys as well as different shapes.  

If you are interested in installing a chimney cap, we will send out an experienced technician who will be able to guide you in making the right choice for your chimneyAt PCS, we take the time to make sure that chimney works the way it should by following the accepted Certified Chimney Professional guidelines.  PCS, your Houston chimney cleaning pro’s, Keeping You Safe, Keeping You Warm!