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Dallas TX Chimney Caps

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Do you know the importance of having Dallas TX chimney caps installed? Call Chimney Wildlife Tech (214) 295-9318 for help getting yours inspected and installed.

Did you know that about 25% of homes with chimneys do not have the Dallas TX chimney caps installed or have the wrong type of chimney cap installed on their homes? A chimney cap plays quite an important role in the performance of your chimney, along with a very key role in preventing chimney and roof fires. Do you know if your chimney has a correctly installed chimney cap on it that is performing perfectly? The best way to find out is to have a Certified Chimney Professional do an inspection on your chimney cap.

Dallas TX chimney caps help to keep the fireplace drafting correctly. They also prevent any burning particles from rising out of your chimney and landing on your roof. When this happens it is quite possible that a chimney or roof fire will follow shortly. Having a correctly installed chimney cap on your fireplace ensures that your home is protected from the possibility of these lit particles creating fires.

Another key role that Dallas TX chimney caps play is the prevention of birds and other wildlife animals getting into your chimney and nesting there. Right now is most animals breeding season, this means most will be looking for homes to nest in and often the homes they find are chimneys with no caps installed or with caps that do not have animal guards in place. This can cause quite an annoyance to you as the homeowner and opens your home to animals getting in through the fireplace. When the nesting materials are left in your chimney it can cause blockages that prevent the correct drafting from occurring allowing smoke to blow back into your home and can also get hot enough to lite the nesting materials on fire and cause chimney fires.

Dallas TX chimney caps also prevent water leaks in your chimney and protect your mortar crown and chase from break down due to the weather and the elements. When you have a correctly sized and installed chimney cap in place the cap helps to seal your chimney from water and protect the mortar crown. When the mortar crown begins to break down it can cause any bricks and mortar on your chase to being to have spalding issues, if left unhandled for too long this can lead to the entire break down and need for replacement of your chase. If you have a wooden chase the water getting in can cause your chase to rot and need full replacement.

If you are unsure if you need Dallas TX chimney caps call the Certified Chimney Professionals at Chimney Wildlife Tech, (214) 295-9318, for an inspection and evaluation on your caps performance.

Why do I need a chimney cap

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If you are wondering “why do I need a chimney cap?” call Chimney Wildlife Tech (214) 295-9318 or (832) 413-6431.

Well there are several reasons that a chimney cap is needed on your chimney. Everyone has a fireplace because the warmth and atmosphere that it brings your home during the cold weather. However, this delight can easily cause so many problems if preventative measures are not taken to prevent dangerous fires from causing irreversible damage to occur. Placing a chimney cap on top of the hole that allows for the smoke and heat to rise out of your home is a good thing. This same hole also allows birds, squirrels and other rodents to get in. Putting a cap on it with screening will keep these animals from making a home inside your chimney yet still allowing the heat and smoke to get out.This is one answer to the why do I need a chimney cap.

Another reason why do I need a chimney cap is due to the weather, the chimney cap will prevent the rain, snow and sleet from coming into your chimney. If the water gets into your chimney it can cause the firebox to rust or even the damper. This could cost you several hundred dollars to fix. Also, the mortar in your chimney can be damaged as well. The sulfur soot that is in your chimney when mixed with moisture causes it to become sulfuric acid and attacks the inner walls and can be very expensive to repair. Where certain wind conditions are high the chimney cap helps prevent downdrafts as well. This is when smoke enters your home instead of going out the flue. The chimney cap will help protect the flue as well. It doesn’t matter whether you have one flue or several you can have a chimney cap put on all of them.

So when asking why do I need a chimney cap you should know that the cap will also help prevent fires from forming on your roof or even your neighbors. The sparks can travel through your chimney and cause this to happen. So in order to prevent this from happening you put a chimney cap on and save yourself possibly a life or even thousands of dollars in repairs. There is a spark arrestor this prevents these sparks from leaving your chimney when you have a chimney cap installed. Chimneys without chimney caps are a fire hazard. Also, if the leaves from the trees get lodged into your chimney this can also be a fire hazard. If they are not cleaned out they build up and also fall into your fireplace. To stop the leaves from coming in every year get a chimney cap installed.

If a chimney goes without service for years this can cause the mortar crown to be deteriorated this causes the rain to stand on the chimney and go down into it instead of being forced off the chimney as it should. The weather can cause a lot of unnecessary repairs to be needed that a chimney cap could prevent. Why do I need a chimney cap should not be question anymore call your professional today.

Install Chimney Cap Dallas Houston

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Have a chimney cap installed in Dallas and Houston before a bird or animal enters the chimney. Full coverage chimney caps are better than a cap just mounted on the chimney flue.

CWT installs only good quality full coverage chimney caps. Our chimney cap will cover the entire top of the chimney. This protects the bed of mortar at the top keeping the bricks stable and  and not allowing any water into the chimney chase. All the caps keep out water and critters from nesting down the chimney flue.

Chimney caps come in 24 gauge metal. Choices of the type of metals are copper, galvanized, paint grip, stainless steel, and colored metal. The colored metal comes in black, brown, almond, sierra tan, red, slate gray, dark gray, medium bronze, dark bronze, sandstone, 3 shades of white, forest green, and almost any color to match your trim or gutters.

Chimneys come in two different flue styles, masonry flue or prefabricated flue (metal pipe). Masonry flue cap options include the #1plus, flat lid, hip lid, and the king top. Prefabricated flue caps start with a chimney chase cover. To enhance the prefabricated flue caps add a tutrle shroud or install a hip lid or king cap over the chimney chase cover. You cannot install a flat lid or a #1plus on a prefabricated flue because they are not designed to have a spark arrestor inside and under the lid. A spark arrestor is a pipe cap for a metal flue and by code you must have one installed on a prefab flued fireplace.

To install a chimney cap in Dallas and Houston may be different than the rest of the country. The Texas weather is very windy, with Dallas having straight line winds and tornadoes and Houston having hurricanes CWT has come up with a wired installation method. We take a heavy gauge wire and attach it through the chimney cap skirt. Then we go down 3 or 4 rows of brick or stone and drill a hole for a concrete anchor. Attach the wire to the anchor and nail it in the hole. The chimney caps vibrate ever so slightly but do not vibrate the anchors out. The wire takes the vibration not the anchors.

When we measure for a chimney cap we have to make the cap slightly larger to fit over the chimney top. Typically we make it 3/8″ – 1/2″ larger for a snug good custom fit.

Options on some caps are how tall the legs need to be extended. Hasrdware cloth screen or expanded metal for screen. On hip lids you can have a high or low pitch. Staning seams can be added or taken off. Finials can be designed to enhance the chimney caps. Weathervanes can be added on top of the lids for a complete custom look to your exterior of your home. All options add value and do cost more in addition to the base price. All options are available for a chimney cap Dallas or Houston chimney cap installation.

Install a chimney cap in Dallas and Houston before any further damage occurs to your flue causing a fire hazard or an animal from taking up residence inside the fireplace.

Chimney Cap Advantages in Houston Dallas

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Chimney-Wildlife-Tech’s (214) 295-9318 or (832) 413-6431 chimney caps have superior advantages over most of its competitors.

Why? Our chimney caps are made to custom fit the top of the chimney. This guarantees no moisture damage to occur and keeps out birds and animals from nesting. Protecting the chimney is key to keeping it from water damage. Chimney Wildlife Tech’s chimney caps keep raccoons from giving birth in it, dying above the damper and having to remove a maggot ridin’ rotten carcass, or removing raccoon pups from growing up in the chimney only to return in adulthood to repeat all of the above.

Many other competitor chimney sweeps only sell little flue caps like the one pictured below. We do not! We only sell quality chimney caps that solve all the chimney cap solutions.

Paying for a better chimney cap has its advantages to purchasing a cheap flue cap. Flue caps blow off and do not keep out enough moisture. Mortar crowns fall in and animals can nest in the chimney chase. Look at this before and after job we did in Dallas last week…

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My husband, Brian and I have raised a baby raccoon into adulthood. He took it out of a chimney that the mother had abandoned. It was a odd situation because there was no other siblings in the chimney with him. Here is a pic of him crawling up the side of our house…

Chimney caps keep out birds and critters