Should I replace My Cracked Chimney Cap?

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Replacing the Chimney Cap Adds Years of Life to Chimney

Have you ever noticed a chimney in total shambles? Someone is left with the financial burden of shelling out thousands of dollars to rebuild their entire chimney. Do you think those people have asked themselves if all this expense could have been avoided? The answer is quite often yes. A little preventative maintenance can go a long way.

Simple actions like maintaining your chimneys crown/cap can add years of life to your chimney. Most brick damage occurs from moisture. Water saturated brick becomes weak and begins to crumble. Most of this water damage can be completely avoided by properly maintaining your chimney cap.

When you begin to notice any cracks forming in the cement cap it is a good time to have it repaired or replaced. Chimney cap replacement is far less expensive then allowing water to seep into your chimney and deteriorate your brick. When having your chimney cap replaced, I recommend using a product rich in Portland cement. This makes for a much stronger cap than regular mortar.

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Mark Maupin Jr.