I replace or add new chimney caps to any type of flue or hot water vent stacks. Adding a chimney cap correctly insures raccoon, squirrels, and chimney swifts will not find their way into the fire place. A chimney flue is really no different than a hollow log only its heated by escaping heat witch is just perfect for the cold nights. When a chimney cap is installed a inspection of the air box and flue will be made to ensure all nest or nesting material are removed. Raccoon and Squirrel will drag in nesting material such as leaves, grasses, and sometimes plastic bags. Chimney swift nest are small but will be removed with any dead birds that are left from the birthing season.
Chimney crowns, the mortar that caps the brick work and seals the flue pipe can be redone or sealed by myself is needed. Cracked or missing mortar can allow water to seep in and damage the crown or brick work if it freezes. Missing mortar can also allow bats and bees to nest or roost inside the chimney.
These exterior dampers are a excellent system for not only keeping pest out but will keep heat in. These are opened from the inside of the firebox with a attached cable, and will close the same way. There is a big difference in using a exterior damper compared to a standard chimney cap, because it will stop any cold air from coming down the flue in the winter. These dampers will stop hornets, birds, and wildlife from nesting in your fire place. This one in the picture is open and ready to use, but once closed a tight seal is formed between the top and the flue.
I do repair or seal chimney crowns on chimneys. Holes between brick will allow pest to nest between brick and fluepipe. Bad crowns will allow moisture to seep down the side of the flue or brick and crack motor or separate bricks when freezing. Crowns are what seal the top of the chimney from weather and keeping this maintained can save on brick repair later. .
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