Pooling water on the top of the chase will cause inferior steel to rust more quickly. The cover should always shed water off the chimney. Water can sit on top of the chimney cover for days if the temperature is low and with no wind which expedites the corrosion process.
Often times, a water leak will occur before the cover has rusted through. This is caused by a faulty installation. Making sure all of the proper parts are installed is very important. One part missing and this can cause the setup to leak. The storm collar is the most forgotten part of a chase cover installation.
Usually improper installation of the cover is a key factor as to why the chimney is leaking. These next two photo examples are of chimney chase covers that were originally installed correctly, but when other home improvements, such as new siding was installed, makes it look like the chimney cover is the problem. Installing a new chimney chase cover can solve the leaks shown in these examples.
The majority of the time when a chimney is leaking, it is caused by the chimney chase cover. Improper installation is often the biggest reason why the chimney cover is leaking. Here are some examples of improper installation of chimney chase covers. None of these examples were due to deterioration of the chimney. They were all leaking as a result of bad workmanship.
Replacing a chimney cover can be an easy home repair for a chimney chase or brick masonry chimney. The chimney cover installation requires very basic tools found in the tool box of most DIY homeowners.
The time has come to replace the siding on your home and get rid of the unsightly rust stains on the side of the chimney caused by the chimney chase cover. Be sure to replace your chimney chase cover at the same time as the siding.
Taking the correct measurements for the cover is the most important part before ordering your new chase cover. However, taking the correct measurements does not have to be the most difficult part. Measuring for a custom chimney chase cover can be easy by using the tricks of the trade!
Accurate measurements are important when ordering your chimney chase cover. Here you will get step by step instructions on how to measure for a successful outcome.
Why invest in a Stainless Steel Chimney Cap? There are several dangers in not investing in a Stainless Steel Chimney Cap. They are as follows: excessive moisture from rain and snow, debris from leaves and sticks, birds bats and other animals, sparks can fly from top of chimney in a chimney fire, and water in your furnace.
How to install a chimney chase cover. Watch this short chimney chase cover installation video to fully understand how to properly put your chimney cover on the chase.