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Keep Your Dryer Working at Its Best with a Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning

Did you realize that your dryer vent should be professionally cleaned once a year? Many homeowners do not know the importance of having this maintenance service done annually, but your clothes dryer could be a fire hazard if the vent is clogged with lint and other debris. When you have your dryer vent cleaned, you are not only reducing that risk of a fire, but you are also prolonging the life of your clothes dryer and saving money and energy. Weststar Chimney Sweeps is proud to offer professional dryer vent cleaning services to the residents of the San Diego area, and we would like to tell you the benefits of having your dryer vent system professionally cleaned.Keep Your Dryer Working at Its Best - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney 

A professional dryer vent cleaning keeps your clothes dryer working at its most efficient level.

Every time you use your dryer, it produces lint, which can accumulate inside the vent and even block the opening. When the vent is blocked, your dryer cannot exhaust the hot air, and this causes your dryer to overheat and not work very efficiently. Important parts of your dryer will break down earlier than they should, which causes expensive repairs. Sometimes it could be less costly to buy a new dryer than to have the heating element replaced. A professional dryer vent cleaning will help your dryer to work as efficiently as possible, which will prolong its life.

A professional dryer vent cleaning saves you money and energy.

When the vent is clogged, your dryer will take longer than usual to dry a load of clothes. If you have ever noticed damp clothes at the end of a drying cycle, your vent is probably dirty. When you have to run your clothes dryer for two cycles to completely dry one load of clothes, your utility bills can get expensive. Weststar Chimney Sweeps can save you both money on your utility bills and precious energy by cleaning your dryer vent.

A professional dryer vent cleaning prevents clothes dryer fires.

According to the US Fire Administration (USFA), clothes dryers are responsible for 2,900 fires a year, which result in approximately 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property losses. Why are clothes dryers causing so many fires? The majority of these fires are caused by dirty dryer vents, which means they could have been avoided with a professional dryer vent cleaning. Weststar Chimney Sweeps will be sure to remove every bit of lint from the vent because lint is so flammable that the Boy Scouts of America recommend using it to start campfires. We will ensure that your clothes dryer poses no risks for a fire.

Reduce the risk of a clothes dryer fire in your home. Contact us at Weststar Chimney Sweeps to schedule an appointment for our dryer vent cleaning services today.

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Are Birds Nesting in Your Chimney? We Can Help!

Some people love the sounds of birds chirping in the spring; however, when you hear the sounds of birds coming from your chimney, you may feel the opposite emotion to love! Not many people enjoy listening to bird noises inside their homes, but if a family of birds have nested within your chimney, you will have to get used to it for a few months until they leave on their own to fly to their winter home. Since some birds like chimney swifts are protected by federal law under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it is illegal to remove nesting birds, according to Chimneys.com. When they do leave, they will leave their nests behind, which can be hazardous. Weststar Chimney Sweeps has 17 years of experience with dealing with birds in chimneys across the San Diego area, and we are proud to offer nest removal services. We can also give you some advice on sharing your home with a family of birds if one has nested in your chimney, and we can prevent these birds from coming back next year to move back into your home.

Why do birds nest in chimneys? What kinds of problems do they cause?Are Birds Nesting in Your Chimney We Can Help! - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney Sweeps

Birds like to take up residence in chimneys because so many trees have been cut down for development and construction reasons, and chimneys are the next best thing to trees for the shelter needed to build a nest. Not only can birds make loud and obnoxious noises at times, but they carry diseases, like histoplasmosis, which causes blindness. They also may become trapped and even die inside your chimney, which can be an unfortunate and smelly situation. Learning to live in a home with a family of birds for a few months can be difficult, but once your family is used to the birds, it really is not as bad as it seems at first. One of the biggest problems birds cause inside your chimney actually happens after they leave. When they fly away to their winter home, their nests will be left behind, and the nesting materials can lead to a couple of hazardous situations. The straw, leaves, sticks, and other debris used to build the nests are all very flammable and create the risk of a chimney fire. The nesting materials also block the flue, which forces the toxic gases from combustion, including carbon monoxide, back into your home. Weststar Chimney Sweeps can remove every bit of the nests that remain in your chimney once the birds have left and prevent these hazardous situations from occurring.

How can Weststar Chimney Sweeps prevent birds from getting back into my chimney next year?

Many birds will return to where they last nested, so if you have or have had a family of birds living in your chimney, you will definitely want to take action to keep them from coming back to share your home again. We recommend having a good-quality chimney cap professionally installed at the top of your chimney to prevent their return next year. You will need a cap that is equipped with mesh metal sides to keep them from entering the chimney when they come back to try to nest again. We are proud to offer a wide variety of these types of chimney caps and can help you select one for us to install on your chimney. The chimney cap will also keep water from rain from leaking into your chimney — it is an important part of your chimney!

Protect your chimney from birds getting inside to nest. Contact us at Weststar Chimney Sweeps if you are dealing with birds in your chimney as we can help.