Posted in the Athens Forum
#1 May 14, 2013
Problems associated with Chimney Swifts:
Odor from droppings inside the fireplace that are heated by the temperature and humidity of summer
Bird mites & other organisms
The best way to keep these pests out of your chimney is to install a chimney cap.
3 reasons why all chimneys need a cap:
Chimney caps keep water from damaging the interior and exterior of the chimney
Chimney caps keep birds, animals and other debris out of the chimney
Chimney caps arrest sparks as they exit the chimney
Pre-fabricated chimneys on most newer homes come with a standard flue cap. There is also a piece of metal called a rain pan or chase cover that cannot be seen from the ground. It is important to have this cover inspected and replaced if it becomes rusted or starts to leak.
The rain pan keeps water from entering a wood- framed chimney chase. Unlike a leaky roof, a leaky rain pan can cause thousands of dollars in damage before it is ever noticed. It can also be a major fire hazard since it rusts out the top of the manufactured metal fireplace.
Signs that it is time to replace your rain pan:
Rust stains at top of chimney
Hearing the tink of dripping water during heavy rains on top of your pre-fab fireplace
Rotten siding near top of chimney
Please check out the chimney caps page of my website www.southernchimneysweep.com and give me a call if you have any questions.
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