If you have a prefabricated (prefab) or factory-built chimney, you most likely have a chase surrounding the chimney. Since prefab chimneys are made from stainless steel, a chase makes the chimney look more like a traditional chimney. To keep water and animals from getting into your chimney, the chase should have a metal cover, which is similar to a chimney crown on a masonry chimney. Here in the San Diego area, the salt in the air from the Pacific Ocean causes erosion damage to chase covers more quickly than in other parts of the country. For this reason, Weststar Chimney Sweeps provides custom chase cover services to the residents of the San Diego area. We would like to tell you more about chimney chases, their covers, and the types of damage that can occur from the salt in the air.
What exactly is a chimney chase?
As we mentioned above, a chimney chase surrounds a stainless steel prefab chimney to provide protection and to add curb appeal to your home. Chimney chases can look like a masonry chimney or to match the rest of your home. Weststar Chimney Sweeps can construct and install a cover over the chase to keep water from rain as well as birds and animals from getting into your chimney. Our chimney technicians will take precise measurements of the opening of your chase so that the cover will fit exactly. During the installation process, we will ensure your cover is fitted perfectly.
How does the salt air cause erosion damage?
According to Networx, salt can be extremely corrosive to the materials that are used in home construction. Salt also speeds up the corrosion process. You may not be able to see it, but when you live near the coast, salt coats the outside of your home and forms crystals which build during each weather cycle. These salt crystals can eat through metal substances, including chase covers. Chase covers are also very susceptible to corrosion from rust, which can also cause the cover to crack and break apart.
How can Weststar Chimney Sweeps protect my chase cover from corrosion?
When we create custom chase covers, we use stainless steel to construct them so that they will be durable and strong. To keep your chase cover from premature corrosion and erosion damage, we apply a protective formula that shields the metal from salt and rust. Weststar Chimney Sweeps wants to keep your chimney protected from water leaks and animal invasions, so we work hard to provide you with the best chase cover you can buy.
Have you noticed rusting or erosion damage to your chimney chase cover? Contact us at Weststar Chimney Sweeps to find out how our custom chase covers can protect your chimney.