Water penetration in your “prefab” or Factory Built fireplace

Do you have a leaking Prefabricated Chimney Chase?

It’s the “CHASE COVER!”

All around Wilmington, “Prefabricated” or factory built fireplaces owners will encounter having water penetration issues through the “chase cover” or “top” of the chase. (The “chimney” itself is actually the round metal pipe that is attached to the top of the fireplace “box” and goes up through the center of the “chase” to exhaust the smoke and gases from the fireplace up and into the outside atmosphere.) 

A “chase” is anything that encompasses or encloses something else.


It has been our experience over the last 36 years that the #1 reason for chase cover failure is largely due to an “original construction defect” meaning it was never properly installed when the home was built. Newly constructed chase covers rarely include any type of bracing or “support” under it to prevent “sagging”. Water could remain on the cover for days (called “ponding”). Thus, over time, the cover will prematurely deteriorate and rust out!

Here on the North Carolina coast, with the salty sea air, unless your chase cover is constructed of stainless steel, you can expect it to last between 5-15 years (if you’re lucky) before you notice the rusty stains flowing down your house siding or hear the steady “TINK!-TINK!-TINK!” of water dripping down from the top and hitting the top of your fireplace! Your LUCKY if you hear the dripping! Water can infiltrate the top and run down the inside walls of the chase where wood rot, mold and mildew can become issues. You can not see inside your chase so you would not become aware of these problems until way too late! 

Don’t kid yourself, rust is like cancer! It is not just going to “GO AWAY!”

Seaside Sweep, Inc. can replace your rusted chase cover. We custom make ’em “on site”. (Chase covers are not an item that you pick up at Home Depot!) We use marine grade stainless steel and offer a lifetime warranty.

“Your Ash Is Mine!”

Yes, our tagline is hilarious, but we are very serious about what we do!

Seaside Sweep, Inc. is Wilmington’s only CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) Certified Chimney Sweep Company!

Since 1980

Member of the (NCSG) National Chimney Sweep Guild

Call or E-mail Seaside Sweep, Inc. today!  910-805-7481

For all your Fireplace or Chimney related problems