Keep Your Prefabricated Chimney Dry With A Quality Chase Cover!
Factory-built or prefabricated chimneys have become increasingly popular over the years. But just like masonry chimneys, prefabricated chimneys require certain protective components if they’re to stay in great condition, year after year. One of these important components is the chase cover or chase top.
Leaky or damaged chase tops, and those made of masonry, are potential hazards on prefabricated metal chimneys. We help eliminate problems before they start by replacing masonry and rusty metal chase tops.
What Is A Chase Cover & Why Is It Needed?
The chase of a prefabricated chimney refers to the more decorative wood or metal that surrounds the chimney itself. Just like the stack of a masonry chimney, a prefabricated chimney chase will have an opening at the top. But if a high-quality chase cover doesn’t sit at the top of the chase and close it off (like the crown does on a masonry chimney), your chimney is bound to experience moisture damage and other problems.
Think about it: your prefabricated chimney is predominantly metal, which means water is not something you want it coming in contact with. But if you don’t have a chase cover, your prefabricated chimney battles moisture every time it rains or storms. You may not notice any water damage at first, but over time, your system is bound to rust and deteriorate. That’s why having a quality chase cover is a must!
But water damage prevention isn’t the only reason to install a chase cover. Chase covers also prevent animals, leaves, sticks, and other outsiders from getting down into your chase. Some birds and animals think of the chimney as a nice, warm place to start a family – but allowing animals into your chimney is a hazard for their family and yours.
Is Your Chase Cover Doing Its Job Or Is Time For A Replacement?
Unless you spend a great deal of time on your roof, you may not know what kind of condition your chase top is in. But there are some telltale signs that it’s time for a new one. Look for rust down the sides of your chase and keep your eyes and ears open to signs of water damage (like rust and pooling water) inside of your chimney and fireplace. The chase covers that come standard with many prefabricated systems are low-quality and have short service lives. So even if you know you have a cover on your chase, it may be time for a new one.
If you’re in need of a new chase cover, give West Texas Chimney & Venting Solutions a call at 806-358-0817. We install stainless steel chase covers and can help you find a chase cover that will provide your chimney with a beautiful and attractive look on top of excellent protection. Call or fill out our online appointment request form today!
if it looks like you might need a chimney or fireplace repair or rebuild, don’t despair. Just schedule an appointment with our chimney and masonry repair experts to determine exactly what needs to be done.