THC gets many inquiries about chimney caps and one reason that we are highly recommend for all chimneys is that they prevent rainwater from getting into the chimney liner. Water is one of a chimneys worst enemies. A chimney cap stops water from entering the chimney liner or flue by directing it away from the center and off the sides of a chimney. If that water were to get into the chimney liner or flue, it helps cause the rapid deterioration. Rain water mixes with soot and soot is acidic and that runs into the alkaline masonry and it's it away.
THC often recommends a chimney cap is because is also keeps debris such as leaves, twigs and trash floating through the air out of your chimney. A place with a lot of trees near your chimney then you have seen what happens when those trees shake their leave from their branches in autumn. You have probably been outside on a cold day raking those leaves out of your yard. Imagine those leaves inside of your
chimney. Imagine sticks falling from tree that hover above your chimney or a random piece of litter that is blowing by on a windy day getting into your chimney. The chimney has suddenly become a giant trash can. Granted, most chimneys will not experience such heavy buildup of debris. However, it does not take much to start a chimney fire or hinder the draft of your chimney. A chimney cap, along with the metal grating or mesh that wraps around the outside of it will stop debris such as this from entering your chimney.
Another good example for having a chimney cap is that it will also keep birds and animals out of your chimney. A chimney makes a great place for an animal to build its nest. It is dark, warm and safe from other predators. Here's some pictures of birds and other animals. that THC has discovered making homes in chimneys.
The wire mesh or netting that wraps around the outside of the chimney cap will keep these critters out of your chimney. An animal in your chimney may eventually make its way into your home. At THC we know what the chimney cap can keep out of your chimney. However, there is also something important that it keeps in the chimney as well. That is, large sparks that make their way up the chimney flue. These sparks, if hot enough, do have a chance of making it all the way out of the chimney and into a dry patch of grass or that pile of leaves that you worked so
hard to rake out of your yard. If this happens, then a brush fire may be
imminent. The wire mesh around the chimney cap will help keep these sparks contained until they die out.
Chimney caps should be installed on your chimney to help increase the draft within your chimney. Regular chimney caps can help increase the draft on their own. However, there are also draft-enhancing chimney caps that use turbines to increase the draft within a chimney. Draft is an easily deterred, but critical occurrence to the proper functioning of your chimney. Without it, in fact, the chimney would be useless. Since draft is so easily affected, these draft-enhancing chimney caps can help create the draft within the chimney and, sometimes, solve the problems that someone is facing with chimney draft.
One final reason to add a chimney cap is that it can increase the lifetime of your chimney liner. Water and debris getting into the chimney liner can cause it to deteriorate, especially in chimneys with clay liners. By adding a chimney cap, you are increasing the life and effectiveness of your chimney liner.
THC REMOVES AND/OR FINDS A DIFFERENT TYPE OF VISITOR UNIQUE TO THE SITUATION DEPENDING ON LOCATION OHF HOUSE AND THE TIME OF YEAR IT IS.
If you’ve ever filled your house with smoke just after starting a roaring fire then you’ve definitely wondered how a fireplace damper works. Unfortunately, a house full of smoke is a common signal that the damper has not been properly adjusted for fireplace use.
Like the fireplace itself, the damper is an exceptionally simple concept. It's just a small flap inside the flue or mounted at the top and controlled with a cable which can be adjusted manually to allow smoke to escape or air to enter.
Fireplace dampers are typically made of metal or ceramic so they can tolerate the heat of the fire without suffering damage. The damper can be opened and closed through a few different mechanisms, including a latch, a pull chain, or a handle. Here are several types of dampers that mount at Top of chimney and handles to control them. THC finds that customer are able to control these dampers more easily and they will seal better than the old style that mount above fireplace