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Our Hat’s Off To The Chimney Cap For All It’s Hard Work!

The technicians at Fireplace Safety Services have been sweeping, inspecting, constructing and repairing chimney systems throughout the greater San Francisco area for decades. In that time, we’ve seen first-hand just how vital a quality, properly installed chimney cap is to the durability and condition of the chimney system and home.

We’ve seen capless chimneys and chimneys with damaged caps suffer extensive water damage and the repairs can be quite involved and rather costly. Unfortunately, many homeowners aren’t even aware there’s a problem until a lot of the damage has been done. That’s just one of the many reasons why we suggest annual chimney inspections.

During an annual inspection, we’ll use a video camera to get a close look at your entire chimney system from top to bottom. After an inspection, we’ll be able to tell you exactly where your system’s weaknesses are, where repairs need to be made, and where your system could benefit from an added component or layer of protection. Of course, we’ll also be able to tell you whether your chimney cap is missing or damaged! We may even find that your cap just wasn’t properly installed – don’t worry, we can fix it!

What Is A Chimney Cap Exactly & What Does It Do?

The chimney cap refers to the metal (or clay) cover that is designed to keep rainwater, branches, leaves, animals, birds and insects out of your chimney’s flue.

Without a chimney cap or chimney pot, all of these intruders can move into your chimney system, causing blockages, water/moisture damage (like rust and masonry decay), fire hazards and even carbon monoxide problems.

Not only do chimney caps protect against the furry, winged and wet aspects of nature, but they can also help reduce downdrafts resulting from gusts of wind. In fact, if you frequently experience downdrafts in your chimney system, we can recommend and install a chimney cap designed just for that problem.

Cap Your Chimney In Style

If your favorite thing about your chimney is its clean, streamlined exterior, don’t think that a chimney cap will detract from that. There are a variety of cap and chimney pot styles on the market today, from colonial styles to Italian-inspired models; simple and understated to ornate and castle-worthy.

Whether you want your chimney cap to draw the eye or blend in with your chimney system, we can help you find the perfect cap to top off your home’s style!

Keep Your Chimney System In Good Condition With Fireplace Safety Services!

Chimney caps aren’t the only ones working to keep your chimney working well for the long haul – ask us about the importance of your chimney’s crown, damper, liner, and smoke chamber!

To schedule an appointment or learn more, give Fireplace Safety Services a call at 415-252-0676. You can also request an appointment online – click here!


We install, repair and replace chimney dampers to keep your chimney operating at its most efficient, so ask us for more information about this simple masonry repair.

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I am thoroughly happy with the job you did on my new fireplace. Hugh was great to work with and I would recommend him to anyone who is considering a new fireplace. He and his crew were polite, on time, clean, knowledgeable and a pleasure to have in my home.
~ M. C., Petaluma