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Do You Need a Chase Cover?

When it comes to chimney care, it is not always easy to tell what should be given the highest priority. Most people know the importance of annual inspections and regular cleanings, but many other things often get overlooked. One of these is the chimney chase cover.

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A chimney chase cover is an essential part of your chimney. If neglected, many problems can arise. Here are just some of the many issues that could occur, should you leave your chimney without a chase cover.

  • Animals Taking Residence: Birds, squirrels, and other nest-building creatures find chimneys an ideal place to build a home. Unfortunately, the accumulation of these can quickly block up a chimney, causing smoke to back up into the house. Hazardous fumes in the house is not only unsanitary, but can introduce health issues for those living there.
  • Leaking: Leaking can occur when the chimney is not properly sealed. Leaking leads to water damage, which is detrimental to a chimney’s health and could be a cause for costly future repairs. Mold, rot, and damage to the brick are just a few of things caused by excess water in the chimney. Preventing this is sure to lengthen the life of your fireplace.
  • Rust: Excess water also causes the metal parts of your chimney to rust, which leads to holes and other damage. This will cause your chimney to run inefficiently and lead to expensive repairs if gone unfixed for a long period of time.

Other Thoughts to Consider

After installing the chimney chase cover, remember these extra precautions in order to ensure that it lasts through all types of weather.

  • Consider installing a stainless steel cover. This type of material will withstand a lot more and will not rust. Initial costs will be higher, but it will save a lot of time and money throughout the long as a lot of wear and tear will be avoided.
  • Make sure that the chase and chase cover are securely attached to your home. This is essential in withstanding storms and other outdoor hazards. In this case, it is worth investing in a professional to install the necessary parts to ensure that everything is properly in place and working efficiently.
  • Seal the chimney chase and cover. Putting in extra sealing will ensure that no leaking will occur and that nothing out of the ordinary enters your chimney. This is also a good opportunity to call a professional to ensure that everything is installed properly.

A chimney chase cover is just one of many parts of your chimney that need regular inspections and maintenance. Olde Town Chimney Sweeps has all of the tools you need to keep your chimney safe and in top shape for regular use. Give us a call today and let us know how we can fulfill your needs!

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