Chimney Chase Tops Houston
A chase top or chase cover is a metal cover that acts much like a crown for pre-fabricated or manufactured fireplaces & chimney systems. Prefab fireplaces have been on the market for about 25 years and have been a huge hit with homeowners who like how affordable they can be and how easy they are to have installed. The majority of these factory-built fireplaces are made of metal, and all of them need to be outfitted with a metal chase top. They should never be outfitted with concrete crowns, as this leads the prefab pipe to rust and erode.
What A Chase Top Does
Chase tops serve to keep water out of the chimney, but they also keep birds, and other critters out. Most birds prefer to nest in prefab chimneys relative to the masonry chimneys? The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) finds that chimney sweep Birds prefer nesting material inside a prefab chimney. This is undoubtedly a Fire hazard! The birds nests can impede the flow of air and cause the chimney to overheat..
Problems with Rusty Chase Tops
If you have a prefab fireplace with a rusty chase top, it needs to be replaced before it begins to leak. Chimney leaks can be extremely detrimental to your property—costing you thousands in repairs to drywall, floors, ceilings, attics, and wall coverings. This leaking normally originates where nail holes have begun to rust and erode. The longer you wait to have your rusty chase top repaired or replaced, the worse the problem could become and the bigger headache you could end up with.
The chase tops ASAP Chimney Services installs today are made of galvanized metal and come with 10 year warranties when properly maintained. Many are shaped so that they create a roof effect that prevents water from pooling on top and becoming a breeding ground for rust. Our technicians also double caulk around our chase tops, taking care to prevent leaking for the life of your chase top and chimney.
Also, if you have a prefab chimney, realize please that the annual inspection recommendation still applies just like with masonry chimneys. Prefab chimneys need inspections to determine fire hazards, efficiency issues, draft problems, and other safety concerns.