How to Prevent Animals From Getting Into Your Chimney
Did you ever wonder how birds, squirrels, and other small animals find their way into your chimney? Well, think about it. The warmth that comes from your home along with the small cozy area that can hold a nest is nice and secure for small animals to find refuge. Yes, if small animals and birds are on your roof all day long, they are going to find a way to get in. Unless you know how to protect yourself against that.
Taking these precautions in advance may save you a lot of money and aggravation in the future. Many animal wildlife organizations recommend chimney caps and covers to protect animals from getting lodged in your chimney. You may not have thought of a chimney cap as part of your fireplace, but they are an important part of a properly functioning fireplace. Not only will a cap protect your home from critters getting in, but it will also protect your home from rain and snow that may cause water damage if pouring down your chimney. There are many types and styles of caps and covers to choose from.
What is a Chimney Cap?
A chimney cap sits on the top of your chimney as a protective covering. Caps are made of aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, or stainless steel. Stainless steel is the most recommended due to its strength and durability. The cap sits on a mesh ring, usually made of the same material as the cap. Many different styles are available, from round or square to flat or peaked. You are sure to find one to match the outside of your home.
A Chimney Cap Protects in Many Ways
- Control spark flow– Allows sparks to stay within the chimney and prevent fire hazard.
- Rodent deterrent – Keep birds, squirrels, and other small animals out. The warmth of your home is inviting small animals to nest.
- Keeps debris out -Flying leaves and twigs may find their way into your chimney and cause blockage.
- Water barrier – The cap protects the opening of your chimney from rain and snow.
How Do I Get a Chimney Cap?
Chimney caps are usually attached to the inside or outside of a metal flue. They may also be attached to the chimney crown. If you are comfortable climbing a ladder and getting on the top of your roof, it should not be too hard of a DIY project. However, it is recommended to use a professional installer.
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