Chimney Repair for your Chimney Pot

Chimney pots serve a number of purposes and are essential for the functionality of a chimney. Usually made of clay or tin they are located on top of the chimney and help increase the speed that smoke rises by reducing the size of the outlet. This reduction in the size of the opening also reduces the threat of rain and downdrafts of air entering the chimney, which in turn aids the prevention of smoke being blown back into the building. For this reason, it is essential that the chimney pot remains in good working condition. The Stove and Fireplace Builder provide a professional chimney repair service for your chimney pot.

Why You Need Chimney Repair for your Chimney Pot

In order to keep your chimney pot in great working condition you should hire a professional to carry out all your chimney repairs. Maintaining your chimney pot is important for many reasons including:

Prevents Rain

A chimney pot stops rain from flowing down, which can damage your chimney and your home.

Reduces Wind

Wind can create downdrafts if a chimney isn’t capped, this can cause blasts of cold air to enter your home, potentially blowing ash and smoke back into the building.

Benefits of having a functioning chimney cowl;

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Prevents Animals

Making sure there is good quality mesh on your window cowl will stop animals such as squirrels and birds from entering or trying to nest in your chimney. Once in, they find it difficult and sometimes impossible to get back out by themselves. This may mean needing to get a professional into remove it, or sadly on some occasions the animal dying inside of the chimney.

Weather Exposure

When chimney pots are made out of clay they can become vulnerable to cracks over time as changes in temperature cause them to expand and contract. When water enters these cracks – particularly during winter time due to it freezing – this can cause the pots to shatter.

Wrong Size

Installation of the wrong size of chimney pot can lead to it being useless if you’re unsure it’s always best to have it inspected and installed by a professional.

Problems that can occur in chimney cowls include;

Chimney Cowl

A chimney cowl (aka chimney crown or cap) is fitted on top of the chimney pot. Usually made of iron they act as a hood to increase the draft of a chimney and prevent back-flow of smoke and embers. They can also help prevent birds entering and nesting in the chimney.

Benefits of having a functioning chimney pot include;

Prevents Rain

Moisture is a chimneys enemy. A chimney cowl stops rain from flowing down, which can damage your chimney and your home.

Reduces Wind

Wind can create downdrafts, and if a chimney isn’t capped this can cause blasts of cold air to enter your home, potentially blowing ash and smoke back into the building.

Problems that can occur in chimney pots;

Weather Exposure

Chimney cowls are also exposed to the elements and over time can rust and acquire damage.

Clogged Mesh

Airflow in the correct direction – up through the chimney – is important for the operation of your fireplace. Sometimes the mesh that prevents downdraft can get clogged with creosote. This in turn can cut off the oxygen needed for the fire to burn, as well as increasing risk of chimney fire.

Leaves and other debris caused by high winds and wet weather can mean leaves get caught in the cowl mesh.

Burning the Wrong Material

It’s recommended to never burn paper or treated wood in a fireplace. Ash from paper can become trapped in the mesh, and particles in treated wood can get caught on the side of the chimney flue, increasing risk of chimney fire.

Chimney pots and cowls, when fitted correctly, can last for decades without needing repaired or replaced, call The Stove and Fireplace Builder now if you’re chimney pot/cowl needs replaced or repaired, or enquire about a chimney inspection.