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How To Bird-Proof Your Chimney

Post by : Admin

23-Jun-2021

Many households with chimneys face bird infestation problems. Birds can get stuck within chimneys or create nests, blocking the flue and becoming potential fire hazards. Chimney swifts, in particular, are known for roosting inside chimneys. They typically nest between June and August, making them a significant problem during the summer season. Chimney swifts are commonly found in the Eastern part of the United States, in places such as Connecticut. Experts state that the population of Chimney Swifts is decreasing by 4% annually. However, we still recommend homeowners get their chimneys inspected after these months.

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Why Birds in the Chimney Can Be Dangerous

Birds in your chimney pose a threat to both your health and your house. Birds nesting in the chimney can block the flue completely which is dangerous and a possible fire risk. Nest materials also become brittle over time and dry out, making them risks for fireplace sparks. Birds are also often disease carriers, and their droppings contain bacteria, leading to the development of health conditions such as Histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is an infection that is contracted from breathing in spores found in bird droppings.

Birds also often carry secondary pests, such as ticks and mites, which can adversely impact your home.

How to Keep Birds out of your Chimney

Keeping birds out of your chimney is critical to ensuring safety.  Fortunately, there are multiple ways of bird-proofing your chimney:

Chimney Caps

Chimney caps are an efficient and cost-effective solution to keeping birds out of your chimney. Chimney caps are protective coverings that prevent rain and snow from seeping in, forestalling significant damage which could require chimney repairs. Chimney caps also restrict space for birds to nest.

Chimney Cowl

A chimney cowl is a device that discourages birds from nesting in the chimney. Chimney cowls are placed atop chimneys, and the spin of the cowl dissuades the birds from entering the chimney area.

Chimney Sweeps and Cleaning

The most effective way to bird-proof your chimney is by ensuring it’s cleaned regularly. Pre-emptive action can prevent nests from fully forming in your chimney. Chimney Sweeps also ascertains that all bird droppings are cleared along with soot and any residue from the fireplace. We offer professional Chimney Cleaning in CT.

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 Bird-Proof your Chimney in Connecticut

We recommend you bird-proof your house today to ensure the health of both your house and your family. Creative Masonry and Chimney LLC is a licensed contractor and we offer premium quality Chimney Sweeps, Chimney inspection, masonry repairs and many other services in the CT region.  Contact us for all your masonry and chimney needs.