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Don't take on these pests alone - call Weststar Chimney Sweeps!

Don’t take on these pests alone – call Weststar Chimney Sweeps!

One of the most commonly found pests inside a chimney, bees will arrive in a swarm to build their bee hive on the interior walls of your flue. Your chimney actually provides an optimum environment for bees to set up their new home. Although you may think that bees are simply a minor nuisance, this is not the case. Bees can actually cause a great deal of structural damage to your chimney. Removing the bee hive can be quite a challenge, and, according to Buzz About Bees, many experts on these insects recommend you hire a professional to do this tricky job for you. If you ever find yourself sharing your chimneys with a swarm of bees, you can contact Weststar Chimney Sweeps to safely remove the bee hive from your chimney. We would like to tell you more about the damage that can be a result of bees building their hive in your chimney and how we can help you with this problem.

Why would bees choose a chimney as a location for a hive?

The queen and some of the worker bees of an existing colony of bees find a new location for their hive, and once this location has been chosen, the bee swarm arrives to build its hive. Bees look for any kind of warmer cavity or sheltered area above ground, and this makes your chimney a perfect candidate.

What kind of structural damage can bees do to a chimney?

A bee hive grows quickly and expands in size, and if this hive is not removed, it can come into contact with moisture barriers and building felt, which could cause irreparable damage. Also, if the bee hive is abandoned, the wax and honey left behind melts into the surfaces beneath it. This can cause dry rot and mold growth if the bee hive is not removed.

Why do I need to hire a professional to remove a bee hive?

Removing a large bee hive can be a very elaborate process. Weststar Chimney Sweeps will use special equipment and protective gear that was specifically designed for this job. We also use our years of experience along with special skills and knowledge needed to correctly remove the bee hive from your chimney. We will take notes about the advancement of the hive, how long the bees populated the hive, and the amount of honey and beeswax that was left inside the hive.

Can I not just light a fire to smoke the bees out?

Lighting a fire can cause more harm than good. If the bees have been living in the hive, a fire will not be enough to drive them away for good. What typically happens is the heat melts the honey down the walls of your chimney, and this smell can attract even more bees to your home.

Need a bee hive removed from your chimney? Contact Weststar Chimney Sweeps to schedule a visit from one of our bee hive removal experts.

By Mike O'Mara on May 27th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , | Leave a Comment

Did You Know We Serve Chula Vista?

While Weststar Chimney Sweeps is well known for doing chimney business throughout San Diego since 1999, we also serve other areas, including Chula Vista, the second largest city in San Diego County. We are proud to offer a number of our fireplace and chimney services to the residents of Chula Vista, and we would like to tell you a bit more about which services we do provide to this area.

We Serve Chula Vista CA - Weststar Chimney Sweeps

Visual Chimney Inspections

Recommended annually by the National Fire Protection Association and other national fire safety organization, a chimney inspection is one of the best ways you can prevent a devastating chimney fire. Our certified inspectors will look for flue blockages, large deposits of creosote, and any other damage that could make your chimney unsafe to use.

Professional Chimney Sweeping

Also recommended to do once a year by national fire safety organizations, a professional chimney sweeping by our certified sweeps ensures your chimney is properly cleaned to keep your system in its best working order.

Chimney Repairs

Our certified masons can help you with repairing chimney crowns, resurfacing and repairing damaged flue liners, taking care of chimney leaks, repairing damaged flashing, and waterproofing your chimney to prevent water penetration.

Bird and Beehive Removal

Our professionals can safely remove both beehives and bird nests to keep your chimney free from hazardous blockages. We can also prevent the birds and the bees from returning to live in your chimney in the future.

Chimney Installations

Weststar Chimney Sweeps provides installation services for a wide variety of chimney products, including gas log sets, chimney caps, chase covers, crown coats, cap dampers and damper locks, prefab panel replacement, hearth screen replacement, and heat reflectors.

Smoke Stain Removal

Using detergents and solvents designed to remove and dissolve stubborn smoke stains without abrading or discoloring the masonry work, our technicians can safely remove any unsightly smoke stains for you. We also use the Paint N Peel Masonry Stain Remover to clean your fireplace.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

The best way to prevent a clothes dryer fire, a professional dryer vent cleaning by our certified technicians will also save you money on your utility bills.

If you live in Chula Vista, contact Weststar Chimney Sweeps to schedule an appointment with us for any of these services you may need.

By Mike O'Mara on May 13th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment