Our Company Blog

The Importance Of A Chimney Chase Cover

Do you know what’s protecting your prefabricated chimney and fireplace? The answer should be a sturdy chimney chase cover! So, if you’re not familiar with what sits atop your chimney, it’s important you get acquainted with your chimney chase cover. This acts as your chimney’s primary defense against intruders!

The Importance Of A Chimney Chase Cover - Indianapolis IN - Your Chimney Sweep Inc.What exactly is a chimney chase cover?

On a prefabricated chimney, the chase cover sits at the top of the chimney’s flue. It seals off the box that houses the chimney, called the chase, to the chimney’s flue. The opening of the chase cover should be topped with a chimney cap to keep water from running down the chimney flue.

Why does my chimney need a chase cover?

The chase cover is your chimney’s primary defense against the elements. The chase cover keeps water from running into the chimney chase. In addition, it directs water away from the chimney flue. The chase cover also keeps out animal intruders, including squirrels, birds, and raccoons. These critters like to nest inside chimneys, or accidentally find their way into chimneys and become trapped. Also, the chase also keeps out debris, such as falling leaves and twigs.

Why should I worry about my chase cover?

Oftentimes, prefabricated chimneys are installed with cheap, galvanized metal chase covers. However, these chase covers are not durable. Consequently, they corrode and develop cracks and holes that can let water in. Once a chase cover begins to deteriorate, your chimney is no longer protected from water and animal intruders.

How can I tell if my chase cover is in good repair?

If your chimney chase cover is failing, your fireplace could be giving you some signs that it is no longer protected.  So, you may notice rusty streaks down the exterior sides of your chase, or see signs of water or rust within your fireplace. These may include a rusting damper, fireplace grate or doors, or you might see water pooling at the bottom of your fireplace! Of course, the best way to gauge the health of your chase cover is to have your chimney inspected. In addition, during your annual sweeping and inspection, your chimney sweep will inspect your chase cover. If you are unsure of its health, be sure to ask your sweep!

What do I do if my chimney needs a new chase cover?

If your chase cover is failing, Your Chimney Sweep can help! We offer replacement chase covers that we can install securely over your chase to keep it safe for years to come! Our chase covers come in durable materials. We carry copper, which is the more expensive but more durable option, and stainless steel, which provides a sleek look and secure protection for your chase.

If your chimney and chase cover are overdue for an inspection, or if you’ve noticed signs that your chase cover is failing, call Your Chimney Sweep at 317-243-9687 to schedule an appointment today!

By Joe Sauter on October 25th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Schedule Your Chimney Sweeping Appointment Now!

With summer temperatures at their peak, your fireplace and chimney are Schedule Your Chimney Sweeping Appointment Now!- Indianapolis IN- Your Chimney Sweep-w800-h597probably the furthest thing from your mind. But fall will be here before you know it, which is why you should schedule your chimney sweeping now! Thinking ahead and having your chimney swept this summer brings many benefits.

Beat the fall rush.

Chimney sweeping is a fall tradition. Each year, that is when most homeowners call their sweeps and schedule their appointments. When you wait to schedule your chimney sweeping during our busiest time of the year, you risk having a long wait time to see a chimney sweep. When you call to schedule your appointment now, you will be first in line for your annual chimney sweeping and inspection!

Identify repairs early.

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits to having your chimney swept and inspected early is that it allows you to identify any needed repairs or maintenance early. If your summer inspection turns up problems with your chimney, you have plenty of time to have those problems addressed before you are ready to use your fireplace.

Prevent foul odors.

Summer’s heat and humidity can cause unpleasant odors in your chimney. Creosote, the sticky substance that builds up on your chimney walls each time you burn a fire, can cause an acrid, burning smell when it mixes with moisture and heats up. Having creosote cleared away from your chimney can get rid of any unpleasant fireplace smells filling your home this summer.

Stop damage.

The creosote that builds up in your chimney also can damage your fireplace and chimney. It is corrosive in nature and can wear away chimney liners and fireplace components. Sweeping it away instead of letting it sit in the chimney all summer can help to prevent some of that damage. Additionally, if you have minor leaks in your chimney that developed over the past winter, having them identified and repaired now can prevent further water damage. It seems like summer would be easy on a chimney, but heavy rainstorms can wreak havoc on your home and chimney if chimney leaks go unchecked.

Don’t miss out on fall fires!

Most homeowners have busy schedules, and remembering to schedule an appointment, and finding time for that appointment, can be difficult. If you wait too long to schedule your chimney sweeping, fall could be here before you chimney is ready. As you probably know, you should never light a fire before you chimney has been swept, inspected and approved for the coming winter.

If you are ready to beat the fall rush and have your chimney swept, inspected and repaired before fall sets in, call Your Chimney Sweep to schedule your annual chimney sweeping and inspection today!

By Joe Sauter on June 25th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment