Chimney Cap Installation In Northern Virginia
Prevent Moisture Damage and Keep Critters Out of Your Chimney
The primary functions of a chimney cap are:
- Keeping moisture out
- Keeping animals and debris out
- Providing spark protection
The most economical and practical way to
protect your chimney from costly chimney repairs in the Northern Virginia 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.
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
At Ash Busters Chimney Sweep & Repair, we know how to handle all types
of problems with your chimney--including animal removal. With over 20
years of experience, our Northern Virginia we are equipped with the skill
needed to remove your furry friend. We are here to take care of your animal
problems, quickly removing them from the chimney without causing any more damage.
If there are nesting materials lodged in your chimney, our cleaners will
make sure all debris is completely removed. We maintain high standards
of service, ensuring any animal is treated humanely. After removing the
animal, we can even install a chimney cap to prevent future critters from
nesting or lodging in your chimney.
professional chimney sweeps in Front Royal Virginia, 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.
Chimney Caps Provide Spark Protection and Fire hazards
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 live in Northern Virginia, or surrounding communities of Fairfax,
Alexandria, McLean, Great Falls, Herndon, Reston, Vienna, Chantilly, Centreville,
Manassas, Ashburn, Woodbridge, Leesburg, and many local communities 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
If you need Chimney Cap inspection or notice an animal in your chimney,
contact us today at (703) 821-2659.