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Reasons to Invest in a Chimney Cap or Chase Cover

The snow is going away but it’s being replaced by rain! There’s something so pleasant about the sound of rain falling on the roof at the end of a long, snowy winter. It washes away all the dirt and grime and leaves things feeling and smelling fresh and clean. Before you know it, there will be a soft green carpet of new grass and little pale green buds on the trees. But sometimes rain doesn’t have such a pleasant effect. Sometimes it brings weathering and wearing down of different structures. It can cause loss of topsoil, flooding of rivers, and wearing away of man-made and natural structures. And it can also cause severe damage to your chimney system. 

What Happens To Your Chimney in the Rain

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), precipitation can damage your chimney in several ways. First, and perhaps most problematic, is that it can cause the mortar to wear away, to weaken and become crumbly. This is a problem because if the mortar wears away, the very structure of the chimney can be weakened. This can also cause cracks to occur, and this means that there can be water leaking down into the chimney and into the firebox. This means that you may have weakened wallboards or ceilings, and, in extreme cases where the damage isn’t detected right away, mold can start to grow. Other problems that a leaky chimney can cause are rusted fireplace accessories and damper system, a deteriorating heating system, and even a collapsed hearth support. 

Causes of Chimney Leaks

There are several causes of chimney leaks, including loose or rusted flashing or a cracked or chipped chimney crown. But when you call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc, one of the first things we’ll check out is your chimney cap or your chase cover, depending on what type of chimney you have. First, what’s the difference? A chimney cap is placed on a brick and mortar chimney, while a chase cover is made for a prefabricated fireplace. A chase cover only goes over the top of the flue opening, but a chimney cap actually sits right on top of the chimney crown and covers the opening of your chimney. It is designed to have a little roof that deflects water away from the opening, and with metal grated sides that let the smoke out while keeping critters out of the chimney. If you don’t have either of these, you should!

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Because precipitation can cause so much damage to your chimney structure, it’s very important that you take the best precautions available to make sure that it doesn’t get in your chimney. What this means is having a chimney cap or a chimney chase cover. Now is the time to give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc a call, before the rainy season hits in full force. We’ll set you up with a chimney cap or chase cover so you don’t have to worry about rain damage this spring.

By Don Rhine on March 27th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , | Comments Off on Reasons to Invest in a Chimney Cap or Chase Cover

Chimney Swifts

Spring is the time of new life. Trees burst into new life with fresh green leaves, soft grass covers your yard, and plants break through the ground. It’s the time baby animals are born and baby birds break out of their shells. One such bird is the chimney swift.

If you see a smudge-gray little bird with a cigar-shaped body, you’re probably seeing a chimney swift. These birds also have curving wings and a very short beak. Chimney swifts are found in the eastern United States. This little bird spends most of its life in flight. When it does take a break, it clings to vertical walls instead of perching in a normal fashion, so you can often find them in caves or in hollow trees. Another place they love to perch is in your chimney. This can be a problem!

More About the Swift

In the early years of our nation’s history, chimney swifts typically nested in hollow trees. When the pioneers spread across the country, they chopped down those trees, and chimney swifts were left without homes. They adapted pretty quickly. However, as homes with chimneys sprang up, these chimneys made ideal places to nest. Unfortunately, over time chimneys fell into disuse and the number of chimney swifts began to decline. Because of this, according to the Humane Society of the United States, the chimney swift is a protected species under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and “anyone who knowingly destroys birds or nests that might contain eggs or young can be fined or penalized.”

Do Chimney Swifts Hurt Your Chimney?

Chimney swifts are a tiny bird, and that means they build tiny nests. That means that their nests, unlike other birds’ nests, won’t be a fire hazard in your chimney. In fact, chimney swifts aren’t really a problem when it comes to building a nest in your chimney. However, they can be an annoyance because they do make quite a bit of noise when the baby birds begin to hatch. These noises will generally only last around two weeks.

Other than that, chimney swifts won’t really harm the inside of your chimney. In fact, if you have a newer chimney made of metal flue pipes rather than clay liners, it may be a dangerous situation for the swifts. This is because they can’t grip the metal as easily. Unfortunately, this could cause them to be trapped or fall into the fireplace, which could cause them to be injured or even die. In this case, you might want to consider installing a chimney cap to keep them out.

How To Remove Them

If you have a chimney swift in your chimney, you should have the nest removed after they leave the nest in the fall. When they return in the spring, they may try to use that same nest and it may not be stable enough to support their eggs. Call in a professional chimney cleaning company – Chim Cheroo Chimney Service. They’ll not only remove the nest, they can also recommend measures to stop chimney swifts from coming back into your chimney. For instance, installing a chimney cap, if that’s what you prefer. While they’re there, ask them to inspect and clean your chimney to get it ready for the next fireplace season!

By Don Rhine on May 19th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Chimney Swifts