Preventing your chimney from exposure to moisture is critical to your chimney’s health. There are a number of issues that can arise when moisture invades your chimney. Whether you have a masonry or prefabricated factory-built chimney, protecting your chimney begins at the top. That’s why at Hale’s Chimney and Fireplace Solutions, we offer chase cover and crown repairs.
Chimney Crown Repair
Your chimney crown is located at the top of your chimney and surrounds the opening. When your chimney was built, a mason constructed the crown out of cement by creating a perimeter that slopes away from your chimney. This slope is important because it directs rainwater from splashing into your chimney opening, and it also protects your masonry as well. This is important because if water rest and seep into your brickwork or mortar, it can settle inside tiny pores and slowly dissolve your masonry. If this moisture freezes, it will expand and crack your masonry or cause it to crumble.
Because of its location, your chimney crown is constantly battling the elements. Over time, this exposure takes its toll, and it may begin to crumble or detach from your chimney. When this happens, your chimney opening and masonry are more likely to be exposed to moisture. This also leads to costly repairs. Because of the important role your chimney crown plays, we always include it in our annual inspection. If we do find an issue during the inspection, our masonry experts have extensive training and years of experience. We know what it takes to make your chimney crown functional again.
A chimney chase is a fabricated chimney which encompasses a metal flue pipe. Unlike traditional chimneys, chases are not constructed with brick and mortar. They are designed to mimic a chimney for homes with fabricated fireplaces. A chase cover is a metal cover that sets atop your chase and prevents water and debris from entering. In many ways, it works similarly to chimney crown in a masonry chimney.
Chase covers also contain a hole, and sometimes a couple holes, where the chimney flue sticks out of the chase. Like the chimney crown, your chase cover is at the top the chimney. Exposure to the elements can cause chase covers to become dented, detached, and it may even rust. If there are holes in your chase cover, or gaps between the chimney flue and the chase cover, rain and debris have access to your chimney. This accumulation in your chase can cause issues with leaks and fire hazards.
Let Us Help!
If you have a chase, there is a chance that it was custom built for your home. However, we can fix and replace your chase cover, no matter how it’s designed. Our ventilation experts can custom make a chase cover that will last for a long time and completely seal it from the outdoors.
If you think that you are in the market for a chimney crown or chase cover, don’t hesitate and call Hale’s Chimney and Fireplace Solutions today at 972-563-6851 or contact us online to talk with one of our ventilation experts.