Chimney Chase Top Cover Repair & Installation
If you have a manufactured fireplace, it has a cover called a chimney chase top. Oliver Twist Chimney & Fireplace of Huntington Beach, CA, does a lot of work on these components, and we’d like to share some important information you may find helpful.
Purpose of a Chimney Chase Top
Most chimney chase tops are made from multi-part galvanized steel. Their purpose is to protect the chimney system by providing a solid block against water and debris, both of which can harm your chimney.
The Most Common Chase Top Problem: Rust
Galvanized steel is prone to developing rust, especially when the chase top is made up of connected sections of this material.
It’s a good idea for you to safely take a look at your chimney chase top once a year or so.
This way, you’ll be able to see early signs of rust and get the issue taken care of before serious problems occur. Another sign of chase top rusting is rust-colored drainage running down the exterior chase when it rains and leaving stains on it.
What Happens if a Chase Cover Becomes Rusted
The crew at Oliver Twist handles many problems involving chimney chase tops that have become eaten up with rust. If the deterioration is allowed to continue, damage to the chase top itself may end up being the least of the problems.
Here are some of the residual issues that can stem from a badly rusted chase top:
- Water damage and deterioration within the flue liner
- Rotting of the chimney chase structure
- Rusting of the fireplace damper
- Water damage to parts of the firebox
- Mold growth and rot within adjacent building materials of the home
- Offensive odors spilling into the house due to water and debris intrusion
- Dead animals inside the chase structure
The Right Way to Address Chimney Chase Top Issues
As with all chimney damage and malfunction, the first step is a professional chimney inspection.
Oliver Twist provides basic and extensive inspections for chimney chase tops, chase structures and all the other parts and components of your chimney system.
After taking a close look, we’ll know if the damaged chase cover has led to other damage within the structure. We can then get to work resolving the issues and restoring safety and efficient performance to your chimney.
Repair vs. Replacement
In some cases, rusted-out chase tops can be repaired, but usually we’ll suggest replacing them with powerful new covers made of stainless steel, which will not rust.
When we perform chase top replacements – or any other chimney repair or installation project – the work is done by highly trained technicians who are fully covered by the necessary insurance.
The Right Help for Your Chimney Since 1987
We offer chimney services, fireplace and stove sales and complete system inspections in Huntington Beach CA, Long Beach CA, Torrance CA, Anaheim CA, Santa Ana CA, Inglewood CA, Manhattan Beach CA, Redondo Beach CA, Hermosa Beach CA and many more SoCal communities.
In addition, our work is always done in a way that complies with the many California state building and fire safety codes. No matter what’s happening with your chimney, the experts at Oliver Twist Chimney & Fireplace are ready to help.
Reach a chimney professional today at (714) 843-9944 or get in touch with our handy contact form.