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By mainechimne63644266, Mar 13 2020 03:16PM

A chimney cap is like a metal hat, with a solid top and mesh around the sides that is installed over the mouth of the chimney. It protects your home from unwelcome guests, expensive damage and natural elements.

A chimney cap prevents water from entering the chimney. This is important because rain flowing down the chimney can get inside the house or attic and cause damage in your ceiling and walls.

When mesh netting is installed with the cap, animals are prevented from entering the chimney. Birds are drawn to the warmth provided by a chimney and will build nests in uncapped chimneys,

which causes serious clogging. Other animals are also known to access uncovered chimneys, such as raccoons, snakes, and squirrels.

Prevent debris build-up leaves, branches, twigs and other debris can enter a chimney and build up if a chimney cap is not in place.

The wire mesh on the chimney caps prevents sparks from creating a fire on your roof. The cap will deflect sparks keeping your home safe from fires.

Chimney Caps come in many different shapes and sizes to accommodate the diversity of chimneys. It is important to get a chimney cap that is the right size for your chimney and to have it professionally installed.

Installing a chimney cap today could save you thousands of dollars in the future. If your chimney needs a new cap or the chimney cap on it needs to be repaired or replaced, give us a call!

By mainechimne63644266, Mar 5 2020 07:07PM

The notion that chimney sweeps are the agents of good fortune is an old European tradition. In many European countries chimney sweeps wore all-black uniforms with a black or white hat. A chimney sweep’s jacket often had 13 buttons for luck. The superstition holds that it is good luck to touch them, wiping a fingertip across their sooty sleeves, or, when seeing them from a distance, to touch a button and make a wish.

By mainechimne63644266, Feb 27 2020 03:46PM

Fireplace systems are surprisingly complex and have a number of different components; unfortunately, this also means that there can be a number of different causes of chimney odors. While a chimney inspection from a certified chimney sweep is often needed to uncover the source of a chimney odor, the following are some of the most common causes of stinky chimneys.

The most common cause of chimney odor is creosote buildup. If your chimney smells like tar or asphalt, it’s probably coming from a buildup of creosote on your chimney walls. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, or CSIA, creosote is a natural byproduct of wood-burning.

Downdrafts are another big cause of bad smells creeping into your home. How can you prevent these? We suggest investing in a chimney cap. Some homeowners find themselves with a damaged, poorly installed cap, or lacking one in general. By having a quality chimney cap put in by a team of certified professionals, you can work to eliminate those smelly downdrafts.

Sudden and sharp rotting odors are often cause by the presence of an animal in the chimney. While the body of a deceased animal can create an extremely unpleasant odor, the food, nesting materials, and droppings of live animals can also cause quite a stink.

Water intrusion is a common cause of chimney odors, especially if a musty odor is your problem. Moisture intrusion can damage chimney linings, bricks or mortar. As a remedy, you may simply need a chimney cap or top-mounted damper installed to keep rainwater and moisture out.

A chimney odor is never something to be ignored; instead of trying to mask the smell with air fresheners, call a certified chimney sweep to help uncover the underlying cause. If you are dealing with a stinky chimney give Maine Chimney Sweep a call. 618.235.6364

By mainechimne63644266, Feb 20 2020 04:33PM

Many homeowners are unaware that their furnace flue, boiler flue, and water heater flu also require regular cleaning. (Newer, high-efficiency furnaces and water heaters that have PVC "power vents" are an exception.)

These flues should be cleaned regularly in order to remove buildup and to ensure appropriate draft so that dangerous fumes and smoke have an escape and do not build up inside your home. Uncapped flues especially are prone to clogs from debris and nesting animals, creating a fire hazard.

Mostly what dirties furnace flues is rust scale or gas sediment, which is created during the process of combustion. This sediment is the consistency of beach sand, and, left unchecked, it piles up and can clog the flue.

Various critters sometimes find their way into furnace flues as well, plugging it and potentially jamming the motor.

The biggest danger of a clogged furnace flue is carbon monoxide (CO). When the flue is plugged, pollutants generated during the process of combustion are unable to escape completely. These pollutants, including CO, will backdraft into the house, and this is of course very dangerous for you and your family, as the hazards posed to human health from CO are well known.

All of this risk is of course easily minimized with regular maintenance and checks on your heating appliances and their associated flues, including regular furnace flue cleaning. In this case, a little prevention really does go a long way.

Looking for flue cleaning? Give us a call to schedule an appointment. 618.235.6364

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