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Weststar Chimneys Team attends the National Chimney Sweep Guild Annual Convention

NCSGConvention1-SanDiegoCA-WeststarChimneySweeps“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.” Wise words by author Peter Drucker. Everyone here at Weststar Chimney Sweeps knows that it’s important to increase our knowledge and skills. But, just how important is it? Like life depended on it. And it actually does! That is why we put our continuing education on a high priority.

NCSGConference2-SanDiegoCA-WeststarChimneySweepsOn April 2013 the entire Weststar Chimney Sweeps team traveled to Branson, Missouri to attend the National Chimney Sweep Annual Convention where we received continuing education on how to keep your home safe. We were updated on chimney industry standards, codes and updates, and we also got information about new products, and received training about customer service.

Everything was geared toward acquiring knowledge that would allow us to provide you with better services, and also to increase our skills to keep your home and your family safe.

We are proud to say that we are the most educated and knowledgeable Chimney Sweep Company in San Diego County.

By Mike O'Mara on July 18th, 2013 | Tagged with: | Leave a Comment

Spring, Birds and Chimneys

Bird-SanDiegoCA-WeststarChimneySweepsSpring is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. It’s the season when nature comes back to life after a long and cold winter. It’s the season when trees grow and begin to sprout leaves, flowers bloom all around, and birds migrate and fill our neighborhoods with beautiful sights and sounds.

Birds migrate because they are looking for warm weather where they can breed, nest and help their hatchlings grow, learn to fly and be ready for the next cold season. They tend to build their nests in closed, hidden spaces, so they can keep their chicks warm and protected from animal preys.

Nest-SanDiegoCA-WeststarChimneySweepsIf you were a bird, where would you build your nest? Maybe your first choice wouldn’t be a chimney, but guess what? Birds love them. For starters, the material used to build chimneys absorbs the warmth of the sun during the day and maintains it during the night. Chimneys are high up, out of the reach of many predators, thus keeping their hatchlings protected.

Now the bad part about that is that nests damage chimneys and are very serious fire hazard. So what can you do?

First of all, you need to have your chimney inspected by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Professional. If during the inspection we find an abandoned birds nest in your chimney, we’ll remove it. On the other hand, if birds are still nesting there, then we will take special care of them. We’ll carefully, and without harming the birds, remove the nest and relocate it.

Once the nest has been removed, or if none was found in the first place, we can install a Chimney Cap used to prevent birds from entering your chimney ever again.

Just in case you feel bad about this, keep in mind that nature never intended for birds to nests in chimneys. There are many other places in nature better suited for that. So act now, and call Weststar Chimney Sweeps today. We can help you keep nature and fire in their proper places.

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By Mike O'Mara on July 18th, 2013 | Tagged with: | Leave a Comment