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The Importance of a Chimney Cap

Your chimney and venting system is made up of different components with varying functions, and a chimney cap ranks high in importance as one of these components. Serving several purposes, a properly-installed chimney cap will prolong the life of your fireplace and chimney system. Not everyone caps his chimney as some people feel it is an unnecessary expense; however, the cost of a chimney cap and its professional installation is much less expensive than the costs of the repairs of the damage that can be caused to an uncapped chimney. As Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweeps, we at Aelite Chimney Specialties are committed to keeping your chimney and venting system working safely and properly. We would like to share with you a few reasons why a chimney cap is such an essential part of your fireplace and chimney system.

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A Chimney Cap Keeps Wild Animals out of Your Chimney.

Every winter when birds, squirrels, and raccoons are looking for a warm, safe place to nest during the cold months, some of these animals can mistake your chimney for a hollow tree and use your chimney as a place to hibernate. Once they move in, it does not take long for a family of animals to make their new home in your flue. For example, squirrels can build a four foot deep nest in less than 24 hours. Animals in your chimney can be the cause of several problems. The nesting materials can be a fire hazard, and a nest can also cause a chimney blockage. If the exit of your chimney is blocked, smoke and toxic gases are trapped inside and are forced back into your home, which causes soot and smoke damage as well as the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning. Birds and animals can become trapped within your chimney and eventually die. This will create a horrible odor within your home, along with a possible bug infestation. There is also the chance the birds and animals will get into your house through the fireplace and cause damage to your home. A chimney cap with mesh siding will keep these animals from intruding into your chimney in the first place.

A Chimney Cap Protects Your Chimney from Water Penetration.

One of the most important jobs of a chimney cap is to divert water away from your chimney. Water is the number one enemy of a masonry chimney because it can cause major deterioration to its structure. The most damage occurs during the freeze-thaw process in the winter. When moisture trapped inside the bricks freezes, it expands as it thaws, which causes cracks and other damage. Known as spalling, this may affect your masonry work, your chimney liner, and your chimney crown. A properly fitted and installed chimney cap is one of your best defenses against damage from water penetration of your masonry chimney.

A Chimney Cap Prevents Sparks from Jumping from the Chimney and Starting a Fire.

Without a chimney cap with mesh sides, sparks can escape from your chimney and land on your roof or be blown away by the wind to land in your yard, trees, or even on your neighborís roof. Even a tiny spark can ignite a fire. Capping your chimney is the best way to keep the sparks in your chimney.

Want to know more about the importance of a chimney cap? Contact Aelite Chimney Specialties to talk to our expert staff about this essential chimney component.

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Help! My Fireplace Stinks!

Don't let your family suffer the unbearable smell that's coming from your fireplace. Do something about it.

Don’t let your family suffer the unbearable smell that’s coming from your fireplace. Do something about it.

Your home is a place of comfort, safety, relaxation and enjoyment. But how can you possibly feel and experience this when there’s an annoying and unpleasant stench lingering in your humble abode? From its smell, you trace its origins back to the fireplace. What can you do about it? How can you get rid of that horrible smell?

We from Aelite Chimney Specialties Incorporated are more than willing to help you solve that problem. We are professionals duly certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America or the CSIA and the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). We will discuss with you what we can do about your stinky fireplace.

What causes a stinky fireplace?

A stinky fireplace is caused mainly by water that leaks inside your chimney during rainy days and after winter when the snow starts to melt. Water can come in from all sorts of places like the brick walls and the chimney opening. According to the CSIA, water is the number one enemy of chimneys. Why? This is because it can create numerous problems that have such a big effect on the structure of your fireplace and chimney as well as the health of everyone in the house. For example, water that is already inside the chimney will create mold that can compromise your health. Aside from mold, when your fireplace becomes stinky, it’s likely that the water and the toxic chemicals from inside have already mixed.

Another cause for a stinky fireplace is a drafty chimney. This occurs due to obstructions (creosote, animals, debris) negative air pressure, and burning unseasoned wood. Instead of letting the smoke out via the chimney flue, the smoke stays inside.

A stinky fireplace can also be caused by obstructions. A common reason for blockages is the presence of animals. They could be leaving their dirt in your chimney, or perhaps an animal could have died in there. Another reason for blockages could be debris, branches, leaves and other objects.

How can I prevent it?

The best way to prevent this is to first have your fireplace and chimney inspected so that necessary repairs and cleaning can be done. Also, it’s good to have your chimney waterproofed. This is done by putting a waterproofing sealant in between the bricks especially those that are starting to have cracks so that water cannot enter in. Lastly, have a chimney cap installed. This is placed in the chimney opening. It will protect the inside thus preventing water to enter your chimney and your fireplace. Having a chimney cap is the ultimate solution to this since that it’s the number one defense system against any kind of intrusion.

We have been working in this industry for over fifteen years now and we would really like you to be part of our big family. We want you to experience the best kind of service that you deserve. Say goodbye to your stinky fireplace and say hello to a toxic-free, good-smelling fireplace!