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Keep Your Chimney Safe From Animals & Intruders!

Did you know theft increases throughout the winter months? Burglars know that homes are filled with new and expensive items from Christmas, and the shorter, darker days offer more opportunities to break in under the protective cover of darkness. Not to mention, many families leave town for days on end mouseto visit family members who live far away. All of these factors make it a lot easier for criminals to take what they want and get away with it.

Now, if you think you covered it all when it comes to keeping your home locked up and better protected, we urge you to reconsider. One spot many tend to forget about is the chimney, and this can easily offer a simple way for burglars to enter a home. A homeowner in Arizona almost faced an incident just like this but lucked out when the thief got stuck and needed assistance. But not every break-in has an ending like that!

Most of the time, someone looking to slide their way into your home through the chimney will have little issue doing so, which is why you need to ensure it is adequately covered. That’s where a chimney cap comes in.

What Is A Chimney Cap?

A chimney cap is a device that covers the opening of your flue or chimney. Its main purpose is to prevent rain and excess water from entering your structure, but it serves multiple other purposes, as well. Chimney caps should be sturdy and built from materials that will stand the test of time. All in all, there isn’t a single person in the chimney industry who would recommend operating a chimney without a cap, as they are an affordable way to avoid all kinds of expensive damage.

If you have a chimney cap in place, the ability for a burglar to enter your home through your chimney will diminish significantly. They would have to spend a lot of time trying to remove it, which draws attention from neighbors or anyone passing by the house, and anyone who sees a capped chimney will likely cancel out that option pretty quickly.

Caps Keep Out Other Unwanted Guests, Too!

Now, as we said, caps serve multiple purposes, and you can bet that criminals won’t be the only guests they keep out of your home. They also keep out birds, squirrels, and other woodland critters that might want to set up camp in your flue! When animals are ready to nest and have babies, they look for spots that are strong and sturdy, and that will offer good protection from any bad weather or predators.

Unfortunately, your chimney is an ideal spot for this, which is why you need to have a barrier in place to keep these animals out. If they are given the chance to build a home, you won’t be able to light any fires until they and their nesting materials are removed. By doing so, you would put both your home and the creatures at great risk, and you’ll greatly increase your chance of experiencing smoke back-up and chimney fires.

Along with this, some creatures that are prone to enter chimneys, like the chimney swift, are protected by law and removing them is illegal. This means, you’ll be stuck with the critters until they leave on their own, after which you can finally remove the nesting materials and move forward. But it may be quite a long wait!

All in all, a cap is an affordable and effective way to keep animals out for good. If you are missing a cap or if your current model is damaged and needs replacing, then don’t wait any longer to reach out to our team. We’d be happy to set you up right!

Other Functions Of A Chimney Cap

Believe it or not, your chimney cap can serve even more purposes than the ones we’ve already talked about! We mentioned their excellent ability at keeping out thieves, animals, and excess water, but did you know they can prevent things from getting out of your home, too? You see, many times when fires are lit, stray sparks and embers will go flying up the chimney and land of your flammable roofing materials. If these were to ignite, you’d be facing a disastrous situation in no time!

Chimney caps can stop these stray sparks dead in their tracks, putting them out before they are given the chance to land on your home.

Worried about outside debris working its way in and clogging things up? You can bet that your cap will prevent leaves, twigs, and the like from working their way in, and they even are known to stop downdrafts, which are notorious for affecting the draft and airflow of your system significantly.

When it comes right down to it, there is simply no reason not to have a cap installed right away, and our team has the training to get the job done right. Don’t trust in someone inexperienced and lacking the appropriate credentials. Call on the experienced, CSIA certified sweeps at Weststar Chimney today!

Give Your Home An Upgrade For Christmas!

Not sure what to add to your holiday wish list? Why not treat yourself to an upgrade! If your fireplace and chimney are looking a bit worse for the wear, there are a lot of measures we can take to improve efficiency and give you the high-quality protection you deserve. This is one gift that will keep on giving year after year. Learn more below, then reach out to our team today to further discuss your options. We can’t wait to get this process started for you!

Gas Log Sets

fireplaceMany fireplace owners are switching to gas due to its countless benefits. Gas options are easy to use, low maintenance, and they don’t require you to haul and store wood, which always leads to a big mess. Oftentimes homeowners simply do not have the time or energy to build and maintain fires, and the clean-up involved can take a toll on your schedule, too. If you simply want to sit back, relax, and enjoy your evening without having to put a lot of effort into the process, then it’s time to invest in a gas log set.

These systems will turn on with the push of a button, and they offer a steady stream of heat for your family to enjoy. They are very efficient, require minimal maintenance, and won’t produce any unpleasant smokey odors, either. All in all, they make a great addition to any living space, and their realistic appearance ensures you still get that timeless aesthetic you hope to achieve. There’s no reason not to make the switch! Set up an appointment with our team today.

Crown Coat

Is your crown cracked or crumbling? If your last inspection revealed some issues that need addressing, then the time to invest in repair work is now. Without a properly functioning crown in place, your chimney is a lot more likely to experience water damage, which will quickly cause your brickwork and mortar to break down. This will make you prone to experience gas leaks, house fires, smoke exposure, or even a chimney collapse.

It’s not worth taking any chances, so invest in a fix that will last – CrownCoat! When applied by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, this product guarantees high-quality results that last, so that you can get back to using your fireplace with the ease and peace of mind you’re desiring.

Prefab Panel Replacement

If you have owned a prefabricated fireplace for years now, then the refractory panels may be suffering. These pieces take on a lot of wear and tear, and anything exposed to the stress and strain they face is bound to need some attention from time to time. Replacing your panels will ensure you can use your fireplace with ease, without putting your family at any potential risk. Ask our experts about what we can do for you. The sooner we get things started, the better off you will be.

Fireplace Screens & Doors

Whether you need your current screen or door replaced or simply do not have one at all, our team can set you up with a design that is perfect for your unique needs and setup. These parts offer added protection for your home, ensuring stray sparks and embers have no chance of landing on your floor or furniture. They also help to keep curious pets and young children away from any flames, and they help to keep your home at a reasonable temperature when your system is not in use, too.

Our screens come in a wide range of styles, and our doors can be custom made to fit your every desire. Enhance the look, function, and feel of your fireplace by turning to us now.

Heat Reflectors

Are you not experiencing that strong outpouring of heat you expect from your fireplace? If your unit is simply not delivering, then heat reflectors may be a good investment for you. They are installed in the back of your firebox, and they help to push the heat back into your living space, so everyone in the area can stay warm, cozy, and comfortable.

An added benefit of these devices is their ability to offer extra protection to your firebox walls. As you can imagine, this area of your fireplace takes on a significant amount of stress, and all that direct exposure to heat and flames can cause it to break down a lot over time. With heat reflectors in place, you add an extra layer of protection, so that your firebox lasts longer – it’s a win all around.

Always Trust A Pro

Considering some do-it-yourself options? This is not recommended. Many times, these routes can offer homeowners an easy fix at a much more affordable rate, but when it comes to your fireplace and chimney, attempting a repair without an in-depth understanding of your system can lead to disaster.

In a situation where you could potentially experience carbon monoxide exposure, fires, smoke inhalation, and more, there really isn’t room to mess around. Our sweeps have undergone extensive training, and we take advantage of countless educational opportunities to ensure you get everything you deserve. Talk with us today about your installation needs. We’re always happy to serve!