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Chimney Caps: 4 Major Functions

totalchimneycare-419131_528453937180655_2045760989_nA chimney cap is the protective cover for the top of your chimney. They are often black or silver in color and have four major functions:

  1. Preventing sparks and embers from your fire from getting out of the chimney and onto your roof or to nearby structures where they could start a fire
  2. Keeping rain out of your chimney. If rain gets into your chimney, it can cause a wide range of problems. When it mixes with creosote, it can cause the mortar of your chimney to erode. It will also eat away at the metal parts inside the chimney, such as the damper or chimney liner, causing them to rust.
  3. Preventing squirrels, birds and rodents from nesting inside your chimney.
  4. Stopping leaves, branches and other debris from getting inside your chimney.

Watch the video below to learn more about chimney caps.

Repair if Damaged

If your chimney cap is damaged or destroyed, you should replace it as soon as possible. As indicated above, chimney caps serve several important functions in order to keep your chimney safe and efficient to use. These are all important when it comes to the longevity of your chimney. Animals can cause severe damage and destruction to the chimney structure, not to mention the fact that animal droppings can be hazardous to your health.

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However, water is without a doubt the biggest threat to your chimney. The more water and moisture you can keep out of your chimney, the less damage it will cause. If you protect your chimney, it will save you money in the long run. Water can quickly cause massive destruction inside your chimney, resulting in damage that can be expensive to repair.

If you don’t have a chimney cap, call Total Chimney Care today. We offer beautiful caps that come in all shapes, sizes and materials. A chimney cap will make a beautiful addition to your home, as well as provide important protection for your chimney structure.

For more peace of mind, have your fireplace firebox inspected and repaired if needed. It’s important for the safety of you and your family.






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I am a first time homeowner and very new to keeping a home. The other day, I received a phone call from a chimney company asking if I needed my chimney cleaned. They gave me a great price of $40, so I figured, why not. My husband and I were looking forward to using our fireplace and at that price how could I go wrong. The company showed up and started to scare me that my chimney could not be cleaned, because if they did, the entire chimney would collapse. They started to scare me, that if I did not do this, my gas furnace would leak carbon monoxide into my home and it would be unsafe for my family. They were really pressuring me into a $2000 repair job. When I said I needed to discuss it with my husband, they got really aggressive and insisted I do it right away. They wanted cash and would do it for half price if I did it now. They finally left after some tense moments. I told a friend about this and she told me to call Total Chimney Care. I did and was greeted by a nice woman on the phone. She seemed to know what I was talking about and understand my fears about having someone else come out. I agreed on an appointment (reluctantly) and waited for them. They arrived, looked at my chimney, and showed me that nothing was wrong. They cleaned my fireplace and even showed me how to use it. They were great, honest, and made me feel comfortable. I would use them again and recommend them to anyone. Thanks for reading. :-)
~ Christine