Caps And Screens
It’s important to prevent as well as remove animals. You can prevent birds and animals from entering your chimney with chimney caps or covers and steel screening. Chimney screens help to keep animals out when the chimney is not in use. However, screens do not prevent raccoons from tearing them off and still going inside and screens do not prevent moisture from getting inside the chimney. This is a major concern for the care of your chimney. Water entering your chimney erodes masonry and mortar joints and will cause your damper or firebox to rust out. This can lead to expensive repairs. Chimney caps also reduce the risk of fires caused by embers and sparks exiting from your chimney flue. Finally, leaves and debris entering your chimney can cause flue blockage and lead to fire, smoke damage, or even carbon monoxide poisoning.
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