Clogged Chimney Caps

Every chimney that is safe and efficient is also protected against water penetration. In New Hampshire, New England winters make it essential to protect against winter damage caused by the water freezing and thawing. An uncapped flue will be exposed to water year-round, leading to costly damage and unsafe conditions. Cap your chimney, and make sure the cap is maintained properly to avoid other problems, including accidental fire.

Dirty Chimney Caps

Your chimney cap should include a top which works as a roof for the chimney. It should keep water, snow, sleet, and debris out of the flue opening. The cap should also be equipped with a durable screen designed to keep animals and other debris out of the flue opening. This screen allows air to pass through in order to vent the fire properly. However, during times of high wind and storms, the screen can get clogged with unwanted debris from outside the system. If this happens, the cap may become too clogged to allow adequate airflow from the chimney. This obstruction can cause a drop in efficiency making the fireplace unsafe to use, difficult to light, and raise the risk of flue fire. After a major storm or windy season, it’s important to check out the chimney cap to make sure it isn’t clogged and dangerous.

Prevention and Treatment

If you have noticed that your chimney cap is clogged with leaves and other debris, it’s time to call a professional. You may be able to clean it easily, but your safety on a high roof should be a concern. Never attempt household maintenance that may put your health at risk. Make sure to call a licensed professional with liability insurance and proper permits to get the job done safely and within code. Only a professional has the adequate tools to go up onto the roof and maintain the chimney exterior, including the cap.

You can prevent your chimney cap from being clogged by having your property maintained on a regular basis. Scheduling chimney sweeps on a routine basis can keep the chimney cap clear of leaves and debris. Having the system inspected annually will also catch any problems before damage or danger occurs.

Trust Chimney Experts

A chimney expert can also help you choose the best chimney cap for your system. The size of the cap and size of the screen can also help prevent clogs. Don’t purchase a chimney cap online and then DIY your installation. Call the professionals who know chimneys, know caps, and know New England weather.

Call Black Moose Chimney & Stove at 603-525-7905 or request an appointment online. When we service your chimney now, you can rest assured it will be ready for use this fall! When we cap your chimney now, it will be safe from animals, weather, and debris this fall.

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)