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As any chimney sweep in CT will attest, your flue can get dirty. Not just with byproducts of the fire, but with actual dirt. Even with regular chimney cleanings by professionals, there are safety measures that every homeowner should take.
Chimney chase covers are an alternative to chimney caps, which you can read about in this blog post by the Creative Masonry and Chimney team. A chimney-rebuilding expert can confirm which one is better for you, but for safety purposes, you should have one of the two.
Chase covers are your flue’s first line of defense against the elements. They’ll keep the rainwater out and your heating in, which is great for your energy bill.
Along with the rain, they also prevent dirt and debris from entering your flue. Besides sparing you the cleanup, this keeps you safe from unexpected fires in your flue. Without a cover, there’s nothing to block dry leaves and twigs from flying into the chimney and catching fire. Don’t forget the animals that might try to make a home in your flue.
This makes covers a great option for ensuring your chimney cleaning lasts longer.
The right type of chase cap for you depends on your flue. A chimney sweep could make a professional recommendation upon inspection, but here’s what you need to know:
This is an excellent option for short-term coverage. If you’re renting a property and looking for an affordable option, then galvanized steel will work great for a limited time. It’s not the most attractive chimney chase cover out there, but it’ll get the job done.
Stainless steel is highly resistant to rust. It can also survive some pretty harsh weather, which is expected in the Nutmeg State. Furthermore, with only one cleaning a year, your chimney sweep will be most grateful for this hardy installation.
It’s slightly pricier than its galvanized counterpart, but it’s also much shinier and will last longer.
Our copper chase covers are custom-made for your flue. If you opt for one of these, you might have to wait a couple of weeks and pay a bit more, but these covers will last. The cleaning is tedious, but our chimney cleaning teams know exactly how to maintain that patent coppery orange. They are also the most salivated-over covers by far, largely due to their classy look and sleek finish.
Unfortunately, chimney cleaning in CT homes will never be negotiable, but the right chase cover should reduce the number of times you book a chimney sweep.
At Creative Masonry and Chimney, we’re all about safety. Our residential masonry workers can go sleek with smooth stone designs, or they can create the distinguished look of a classic mantelpiece. While we work on all kinds of masonry, we know we have to go the extra mile when it comes to fireplaces and chimneys.
Chimney repair in CT is always a huge downer, especially if you need it in the snowy months when to part with the crackling fire is to part with tradition. That’s why we recommend that all homeowners make full use of the summer by ensuring their chimneys meet the requisite safety standards. Simple additions like flashings and chimney liners could delay chimney rebuilding and restoration for years.
If you’d like to get in touch with our chimney sweeps to find out what we can do to help you stay safe, don’t hesitate to call us at 860 225 9178.