Homeowners may want to add rain caps to their list of flue accessories in order to ensure that their heating systems are reliable in wet weather.
Rain caps should be installed on flue tiles as a method of preventing debris or animal intrusion, which can also cause disrepair in a home's chimney setup, according to IfPress.com.
In addition, residents should inspect their chimney caps to ensure that there are no missing mortar pieces, as any gaps can allow water to enter the home.
Commenting on the potential dangers of heating systems, the website stated: "Although newer central heating and decorative appliances are typically vented through a sidewall and not the chimney, the proper clearances and/or terminations should be adhered to in order to ensure appliance longevity."
Dysfunctional flue liners should also be quickly repaired by homeowners, as the Residential Ventilation Association has warned that even minimal exposure to air pollutants can be dangerous