Summer is a time to relax after a long winter and rainy spring. Many homeowners are able to forget about the chimney system altogether through the summer as long as they’ve had it swept, inspected, and closed out for the off-season. You may find yourself noticing your chimney system this summer if it has a problem.
Summer Chimney Problems
Common summer chimney problems we see at Black Moose Chimney & Stove include water damage, animal intrusion, and chimney odors. Fortunately for our customers residing in New Hampshire, we have a solution for these summer problems!
All About Chimney Caps
Chimney caps have many important jobs during the burn season and the off-season. While a fire is burning in the fireplace, the chimney cap prevents hot embers from escaping the flue and igniting debris on the roof or in the yard. The cap may also deflect wind from affecting your fire.
Your chimney cap works year-round to do even more. The worst thing that can happen to a chimney is a leak. Water can destroy a masonry chimney from the inside out, and without a cap, the water falls right into it. Additionally, Black Moose gets multiple calls through the summer for animal intrusion, a problem that is completely prevented with an appropriate chimney cap. Preventing animal intrusion can keep debris, carcasses, droppings, and more out of the chimney. These things can produce nasty odors as they decompose just like water can create a mildew odor. While you’re enjoying your summer, the last thing you want is to smell the pungent odor of your chimney.
Your Chimney Cap
You can see your chimney cap from your yard. It’s a good idea for homeowners to visually inspect it as often as carbon monoxide and smoke alarms are checked. If it appears crooked, damaged, rusted, or missing, it needs some attention. When you call Black Moose Chimney & Stove, a CSIA-certified chimney sweep will check out your cap and discuss with you the best products to consider.
We only carry the best brands in the industry, and they offer complete protection throughout the year. Luckily, our technicians are trained and experienced installing both. If you’re interested in saving money, the top-mount damper pays for itself. Talk to your Black Moose chimney sweep today about replacing your chimney cap with a top-mount damper and start saving money today. Often called an energy saving damper, these dampers have a rubber gasket that protects the flue with an airtight seal. It keeps animals, moisture, and air out. They are tamper-proof and double as a chimney cap when disengaged. These products are the first of their kind that close the chimney off from the top, protecting the entire system for the off-season.