Our Team Can Help You Find the Perfect Cap!

Does your chimney have a cap? If you’re not sure, go look! Your chimney should have a cap mounted on top of the flue opening, and it has an important job to do. The cap keeps water and other precipitation from falling into the flue. It keeps animals from gaining access to the chimney (and your house). The cap even keeps sparks from escaping the chimney and causing dangerous fires to the roof or environment. The cap is essential, preventing water damage that can devastate your system.

Signs Your Cap is a Problem

When your cap is working properly, you shouldn’t notice it at all. When it has a problem, the problem can be noticeable right away (such as when an animal crawls or flies out of your fireplace), or it can take months to notice hidden damage. The most common signs your cap is a problem may be clearly visible to you if you pay attention:

  • Rust stains run down from the top of your chimney exterior
  • Cap is missing or crooked
  • Gusts of wind affect your fire
  • Cracks, gaps, and missing joints in masonry
  • Debris in the firebox such as seed pods, leaves, sticks, and animal nesting materials

Why Replace the Cap

There may be a reason to replace your cap even if it isn’t damaged. At Black Moose Chimney & Stove we have requests periodically for new caps when drafts become a problem and homeowners notice they’re spending more and more money for heating and cooling. The reason is due to heated air being lost up the flue during winter and conditioned air being lost during summer, costing you dearly in utilities each year. The most common cause for drafts and wind gusts is due to a missing cap or a damaged or stuck damper. Instead of installing a new damper, you can kill two birds with one stone by choosing a top mount damper. A top mount damper works as a throat damper, but is installed at the top of the chimney, doubling as a cap. When opened, the top mount damper works as a cap, keeping animals and precipitation out, but when closed it has an airtight seal which prevents even a drop of water from entering, and no air gets out. No more will your flue be affected by summer humidity, wind, or rain. The top mount damper protects it completely from the top, down.

Top mount dampers save you so much money that they’re often called energy saving or energy top dampers. That’s because traditional open fireplaces can lose up to 75 percent of the heat up the flue if dampers or caps are not of the best quality and installation.

Schedule your chimney cap repair or new installation today with Black Moose Chimney & Stove. We are trained and experienced in diagnostics and installations, and can repair or replace your traditional cap, your top mount damper, or even your throat damper.

Call 603-525-7905 or request an appointment online today.

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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)