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That’s a Funny-looking Bird!

“I don’t need a chimney cap.  Why should I have a cap”.  Well…recently, I got a call about birds in the chimney. The canine friend of the family would not quit barking at the fireplace.  Not birds but a raccoon instead. Oh my.
A chimney cap that is properly-sized and installed can prevent a face like this one sticking out of your chimney.

A chimney cap that is properly-sized and installed can prevent a face like this one sticking out of your chimney.

Chimney Checklist for Spring

Spring: A Fresh Start for Your Chimney

You’ve done an excellent job in taking good care of your chimney during winter, but no matter how cautious you’ve been, there might still be things that happen inside the chimney that are just beyond your control. Winter might have left some damages behind that need to be inspected and fixed and have to be attended to right away. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney sweeps from Weststar Chimney Sweeps would like to put your mind at ease.

Chimney cleanings and inspections are not DIY projects. Let the certified professionals put your fears to rest.

Chimney cleanings and inspections are not DIY projects. Let the certified professionals put your fears to rest.

Parts & Systems

There are certain parts of the chimney which are vital in directing the smoke out the right way; parts like the:

  • Flue
  • Flue liner
  • Damper
  • Smoke Chamber

These parts help create draft inside the chimney. However, these are also the parts that are most prone to creosote buildup or other obstructions making it harder for smoke to go out. This opens doors to a lot of problems that will not only cost thousands in repairs, but may even cost you something more valuable—your health or even your life.

What to do

To prevent objects from entering the chimney, it’s best to have a chimney cap installed so that the inside of your chimney is protected from all the dangers that the outside world can bring. Some examples are animals, debris, spider webs and leaves.

Then there is water. This is one of the things chimneys hate the most because it destroys it—the performance and the structure. It can cause the brick walls to deteriorate. This problem can be prevented by waterproofing the chimney and repairing the flashing. We also make it a point to include the chimney crown in the inspection and repairs because when it is cracked, this can also be another entry point for water. These measures will help prolong the life of your chimney.

Even if you don’t use your chimney during spring, it’s best to keep animals and water out. Remember, it’s not just to prepare for the next winter season, we want to make sure that your chimney continues to be efficient for many years to come. Let us help keep your heating system in tip-top shape.

Chase Covers Offer Protection

Chase Covers Offer Protection

Chase Covers: A Must-Have

Do you see water starting to drip inside your chimney? Are you aware that the damage it brings is can be permanent and could cost you a lot of money? Do you also know that leaks inside your chimney can cause even bigger problems like the growth of molds and deterioration of your chimney walls? The answer may be a chase cover.

This is one of the reasons why our family-owned company, Weststar Chimney Sweeps, is here  – to let you know why you might need to have a chimney chase cover installed in your home. Established in 1999, we pride ourselves with quality chimney services. One thing to feel confident about is that we are licensed by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and have over thirty years of experience in the industry.

Air flow is critical for your chimney to work effectively and safely. A chase cover keeps out things that may cause blockages.

Air flow is critical for your chimney to work effectively and safely. A chase cover keeps out things that may cause blockages.

What are Chase Covers?

Chase covers are a special add-on for additional safety and stability to the overall performance of your chimney. It acts as a barrier and a protector of the delicate parts inside your chimney like that of the chimney flues and flue liner. Basically, they perform the task of preventing anything from going inside the chimney especially water. Blockages or any kind of obstruction from external and environmental causes are also prevented.

Different Metals for Different Tastes

You might be wondering what to get since you’re not quite familiar with the kinds of chase covers out in the market. Actually, there are just two and they are very common for most homes: stainless steel and copper. They can be a bit pricey, but the results are long-term. It can last you many winters. The durability and beauty of these chase covers are definitely worth every penny.

Why Do I Need One at All?

Chase covers are good for three things.  First of all, it saves you a great deal of money. Why? Because it acts as a rooftop to your chimney:

  • Leaks will be prevented. Since water cannot go inside the chimney and form molds and slowly destroy the chimney walls.
  • It can prevent chimney swifts, bird nests and spider webs from entering and blocking your chimney.
  • Lastly, it provides such an aesthetic appeal to the appearance of your home. It gives people the impression of safety as a priority and not something you keep in the sidelines.

If you have a chase cover, the lesser chance you’ll have of unnecessarily damaging your chimney. So what are you waiting for? Chase covers are definitely a must-have for any homeowner out there who wishes for nothing more than an efficient, safe and effective chimney. Pay the price later or upgrade to a chase cover now, let us know if you decide to make this improvement to your home.