The Importance of Chimney Caps

Are you a new homeowner with an old chimney? If so, you may not even notice that it’s missing a chimney cap. Some homeowners in the past didn’t recognize their importance, and oftentimes they weren’t installed. Chimney caps are also commonly neglected because they are low maintenance and “out of sight out of mind”. If there is a problem with a chimney cap it’ll most often be detected by a professional during a routine service appointment. By the time you notice that the chimney cap is missing or damaged, there may already be costly damage.

Chimney Cap repair in Concord NHThe Chimney Cap Keeps Weather Out

The chimney cap literally serves as a cap, or lid, for your chimney flue. It’s metal cover keeps precipitation out, directing it off and away from the chimney. Water penetration is one of the most damaging things that can happen to your masonry chimney. Water damages masonry from the inside out, so the chimney cap is a worthy investment. Additionally, it’s design keeps strong winds and drafts from affecting your fire. This brings in unwanted air, and causes smoke and foul smells to push into your home.

The Chimney Cap Keeps Wildlife Out

During the typical New Hampshire winter, there are numerous small animals that might seek shelter in a warm and dry environment like a chimney flue. Chipmunks, squirrels, and even raccoons. In the spring, you’re more likely to find birds nesting in your chimney. These animals can leave flammable debris, create blockages, and even suffocate and die. Thus leaving a foul stench behind. It can be difficult to remove animals from the chimney humanely. Therefore it’s easier and often cheaper to prevent this occurrence by installing a chimney cap!

The Chimney Cap Keeps Sparks In

During a particularly hot fire, sparks and embers can rise quickly up the flue along with vapors and a strong updraft. The standard chimney cap design features both a top and a mesh screen that catches these stray fire hazards. Without the cap, these sparks can escape the chimney’s opening and ignite leaves and debris on the roof. This can cause both loss of property and life.

Hire a Professional

Having a chimney cap designed and installed is possibly the best thing you can do for your chimney. It’s one preventive step that makes a big difference, and should be combined with professional installation as well as routine maintenance like chimney inspections and sweeps. When you hire a professional like Black Moose, you not only get a professional guarantee, but we also fit you with the best cap for your specific chimney. We offer copper, stainless steel, or a specially designed cap to best suit your needs.

To find out more about how Black Moose Chimney & Stove can get you set up with your new chimney cap, or your routine service appointments, call 603-525-7905 or request an appointment online.

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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)