What Are Chimney Caps and Why Do I Need One?

BY Jan, 23 2019
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With the temperature dropping and the days getting shorter, January can be a difficult month for many. This time is made bearable by cozy nights with family bundled up next to a roaring fireplace. Homeowners new to fireplaces may not understand the sizable investment of time for its upkeep throughout its lifespan.

You may have taken great care of the fireplace itself, but that is only a small percentage of it. Proper fireplace maintenance is also proper chimney maintenance. After some time, a fireplace can begin to feel more like a hassle than a luxury. Ned Stevens is here to help with a tiny chimney accessory that can save you a lot of headaches — a chimney cap!

What is a Chimney Cap?

A chimney cap is, most often, a small stainless steel chimney accessory with screens around the side that sits atop your chimney and prevents debris from getting in and allows smoke to get out. One of the chimney cap’s biggest jobs is keeping water from entering your chimney. Rain and snow create moisture inside your chimney. When it mixes with the creosote, it begins to erode the integrity of the chimney itself. Unfortunately, for many homeowners, this home disaster is often not caught until it is too late. A chimney cap can expand your chimney’s lifespan, so you can enjoy it for years to come.

Other Chimney Cap Positives

The chimney cap is a sturdy little chimney accessory that does more than just keep moisture from eroding your chimney. It also protects your neighborhood. If you live in an area that suffers from wildfires, a chimney cap can help lower risks. This accessory arrests any sparks or ashes that may come from your fireplace, so you don’t have to worry about any unwanted embers drifting away from your home and potentially igniting nearby foliage.

If you’ve ever lit a fire and found smoke billowing into your home, then most likely your chimney is clogged with debris. In most instances, the only way to clear it out is with the help of a professional. A chimney cap only covers your chimney opening and protects from blockages caused by debris.

Other Fireplace Maintenance

A chimney cap is an incredibly useful tool in making fireplace maintenance more manageable, but it’s not a miracle cure-all. You still need to take the proper steps to ensure your fireplace and chimney work correctly. Below is a checklist of a few required tasks to keep you and your family safe.

  • Clean hearth and firebox
  • Get chimney swept regularly
  • Open/close damper seasonally
  • Check nearby carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • Check fireplace brickwork for damage
  • Inspect chimney exterior

Ned Stevens Chimney Cap Service

We love gutters at Ned Stevens, but it isn’t all we do. Our professionals can also install a high-quality stainless steel chimney cap for your home.

Our Ned Stevens chimney cap service comes with a lifetime guarantee, so you can rest easy knowing your home will be protected for many winters to come.

Interested? Call today for a quote and receive $10 off chimney cap installation!

Get $10 Off Your Chimney Cap Installation!


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