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Spark Arrestors for Fall Fire Safety

As we head into fall here in the Hudson Valley region, it is important to make sure that your chimney system is ready to work safely and efficiently throughout the colder months of the year. For man working on chimney topover 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has been providing superior professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services, and you can count on us to inspect your chimney to see if you have the best components in place to prevent damage and other issues. We would like to tell you more about spark arrestors, which is one of the most essential chimney parts you need to reduce your risk of accidental fires, especially during the fall season.

What exactly is a spark arrestor?

Consisting of mesh metal wiring, a spark arrestor keeps hot embers and sparks from jumping out of the top of your chimney. The mesh allows smoke, gases, and vapors to freely pass out of your home, but it stops sparks and embers from escaping. Without a spark arrestor installed on the top of your chimney, you have a greater risk of nearby dry leaves accidentally catching on fire from the errant sparks. Most chimney caps and top-sealing dampers are equipped with spark arrestors, but if your chimney cap or damper does not have this feature, All Seasons Chimney may be able to install a spark arrestor to your existing cap or damper. We also carry a wide variety of chimney caps and top-mounted dampers from Olympia Chimney Supply. After you have selected your new component, our experienced technicians can professionally install it for you.

What are the other advantages of a spark arrestor?

Another common problem that you could have if your chimney is not equipped with this component is a bird, squirrel, raccoon, or other wild animal getting inside the flue for shelter. The mesh that stops hot embers and sparks from jumping out of the chimney also plays a role in preventing wild animals from invading your chimney. Over our years of working on chimneys, All Seasons Chimney helped our customers remove birds, opossums, mice, bats, squirrels, and raccoons from the flue, but if a chimney swift is present, you will have to wait until it leaves on its own. This species of bird is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the best way to keep it from returning in the spring is to make sure that you have a chimney cap with mesh metal siding installed at the top of your chimney.

Make sure that your chimney is protected from fire hazards this fall. Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment with our experienced professional chimney technicians. We are here for any of your professional chimney needs.

5 Reasons to Cap Your Chimney

You count on the different systems in your home to function properly. However, in order for each system to work as efficiently and as safely as possible, you should make sure all of the components are in place and good condition. When it comes to your chimney and fireplace system, one of the most important parts is the chimney cap.

For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney have been providing superior professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to the residents of the Lower Hudson Valley region. We have seen what can go wrong when a chimney does not have a cap. We would like to share with you five reasons why you need to cap your chimney.

1. Prevent Water Damage

lovely chimney on red roofAccording to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), a chimney cap is the most economical method of preventing water penetration damage to masonry chimneys. Without a good chimney cap professionally installed on the top of your chimney, you are at a higher risk of water leak damage. This deterioration can be accelerated during the winter, and you may need expensive repairs to restore the stability of your chimney.

2. Avoid Bird and Wild Animal Invasions

If you have ever had to deal with a bird, squirrel, or raccoon inside of your chimney, you know the importance of capping your chimney. All Seasons Chimney can show you chimney caps with mesh metal siding that will keep critters from entering your home through the chimney.

3. Reduce Accidental Fire Risk

The mesh metal siding that prevents wild animals from invading your chimney serves another important function of stopping hot sparks and embers from jumping out of your chimney. These hot sparks can land on your roof, yard, or trees and ignite an accidental fire, and capping your chimney greatly reduces this risk.

4. Improve Draft

When your chimney has draft issues, it can be challenging to get a good fire going in your fireplace. All Seasons Chimney can show you chimney caps that are equipped with vents that can help to direct the wind into your chimney to draft properly. You will not have trouble with lighting a fire this winter with a draft-improving chimney cap professionally installed on the top of your chimney.

5. Increase Curb Appeal

At All Seasons Chimney, you will find a variety of stainless steel and copper chimney caps to help your chimney to function effectivel. These caps can also add beauty to the exterior of your home. We are happy to show you chimney caps that will add to your curb appeal and the value of your house.

With so many good reasons to professionally install a cap on the top of your chimney, it is easy to see why it is such an important component of your system. If your chimney is uncapped, contact us today to schedule an appointment!