Chimney cowls for additional home protection

Chimney Cowls
Chimney Cowls

If you're looking for a way to keep rodents from nesting in your chimney, then you may want to consider the installation of a chimney cap, or a chimney cowl as a means of protecting your chimney from unwanted guests.

There are other benefits from adding this type of fixture to your chimneys, but the most immediate benefit to capping is that those pesky little animals, like squirrels and raccoons, will no longer be able to take up residence in your chimney.

Chimney cowls

The immediate benefit to adding a chimney cowl to your smokestack is that the rodents will no longer be able to build nests in the cracks and crevices, which will only help to keep the passageway clear for the smoke to rise up and out of the chimney stack.

By keeping the airway cleared, you will then be preventing potential fires, as the debris left behind by those rodents will no longer be a conflagration hazard (conflagration is fancy-speak for 'big fire').

Chimney cowls come in all shapes and sizes, colors and designs, as can be seen in the picture near the top of the Hub. Choosing the right model for your home will largely be a personal process, but rest assured that the perfect model awaits your purchase.

Chimney liners

Simply adding a chimney cowl or chimney cap to your stack may not be enough to protect your abode from the annual wear and tear that is inherent in owning, operating and maintaining a fireplace or wood-burning stove.

You may want to also consider the addition of a chimney liner to help protect the inner sanctum of your chimney from the soot buildup and other debris that inevitably finds its way in. Chimney liners are a great way to add longevity and protection to one of the most vulnerable areas of your home.

Chimney cowls are also a great way to keep the debris that Mother Nature always seems to throw our way from entering your chimney opening, becoming lodged in the passageway, and becoming a fire hazard.

We as home owners have a tendency to dismiss the fire hazard aspects of owning and operating a fireplace until the unthinkable happens, and we're left to pick up the pieces of a charred domicile and wonder just where things went wrong. I'd advise you, don't be that person or persons...

If you can't find what you're looking for here in the purchase of a chimney cowl, flexible flue liner or other chimney accessory, then a quick search engine query for 'chimney cowls' will undoubtedly yield more results than you could possible cull through in an afternoon.

Whichever direction you decide to go, it is vitally important that you take the measures necessary to protect your chimney opening from the elements that Mother Nature will throw at you on a year-round basis. good luck...

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