How often should i have my chase cover inspected?
At ECS, we recommend having your chimney cap, crown and chase cover inspected every year by one of our certified chimney sweeps for proper maintenance and functionality. If needed, we can repair or replace any missing or damaged components, so your chimney can continue working properly. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way and saves money. All of our home owner inspections are FREE.
My metal chimney cover is leaking. What do I do?
Over time a chase cover will begin to wear out and break down. Rusting, improper installation, poor materials, or nature can cause a chase cover to fail. We are happy to inspect and detail the condition of your chase cover for you.
A chase cover sometimes referred to as a chase top or flashing, is a metal covering designed to keep things like rain, snow, and animals from entering a home via the chimney chase (or opening). The chase cover is designed to fit around the flue opening in your chimney. The chase cover covers the entire top of your chimney. Used frequently to cover chimney chase surrounds, it fits over the top of the chimney.
A proper chase cover will have the following:
- A cross break for water run off.
- A chase collar to prevent water from entering the flue run.
- A drip edge to keep water off of the chimney structure.
- A skirt to keep water from getting under the chase cover.
- A rain collar to shed water away from the flue onto the chase cover.