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We Safely Remove Beehives and Bird Nests from Chimneys

Since so many trees are being cut down for development and construction, birds, bees, and other wild animals often choose chimneys as places to build a new home. Your chimney is isolated above ground, and this makes it a desired location for these critters to protect themselves from predators. Bees typically build hives in high tree branches, but your chimney can be an attractiveWe Safely Remove Nests from Chimneys- San Diego CA- Weststar Chimney Sweeps site for bees to build and maintain hives. Unfortunately, some homeowners mistakenly believe they can smoke birds, bees, bats, squirrels, and other nesting animals out of the chimney by lighting a fire in the fireplace, but this can lead to a hazardous situation. Weststar Chimney Sweeps is proud to offer beehive and bird (or other animals) nests removal services that are safe and humane. We would like to tell you a bit more about how bees and birds get into your chimney and how we can remove them and prevent them from returning in the future.

BEES

Bees typically enter your chimney through cracks, gaps, and weep holes in the masonry work. Another common entry point is the top of your chimney if it is uncapped. If your chimney has been invaded by bees, WikiHow strongly recommends seeking professional assistance to get rid of them as well as their hive. If you try to get them out by lighting a fire in the fireplace, the wax and the honey of the hive will melt and run down the flue. Wax can reach the flash point and ignite a chimney fire that could devastate your home. Honey-coated chimney walls will attract even more bees. Weststar Chimney Sweeps can safely remove the beehive, and we will keep any bees from coming back by either repairing damaged masonry work or installing a chimney cap or top-sealing damper on top of your chimney.

BIRDS

Birds can get inside your chimney if there is no chimney cap on top of your chimney. Not only do birds create fire hazards by building nests with highly flammable materials, but they also bring annoying sounds, unpleasant odors, and insect infestations into the chimney. Unfortunately, some species of birds are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which means it is illegal to remove them from their nesting spots. After the birds have left on their own in the fall, Weststar Chimney Sweeps can remove the nests from your chimney to prevent a flue blockage that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks and chimney fires. We can then install a chimney cap with mesh metal sides or a top-sealing damper on top of the chimney to prevent any more birds from entering your chimney.

If you are hearing the buzzing sounds of bees or the chirping noises of birds inside your chimney, contact us at Weststar Chimney Sweeps. You can trust us to safely remove beehives and bird nests and to keep these creatures from getting back into your chimney.

By Mike O'Mara on May 24th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

The Benefits of Spring Chimney Sweepings and Inspections

Taking care of your chimney’s annual maintenance tasks is essential for the safety and efficiency of your fireplace and chimney system. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and other national fire safety organizations all strongly recommend to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected at least once a year and, preferably, before you light your first fire in the fall. This means that a large majority of homeowners wait until the fall to schedule their appointments with chimney sweeps, and this includes homeowners in the San Diego area. Weststar Chimney Sweeps has a very busy and packed calendar during the months of September through December. For this reason, it can be beneficial to schedule your appointment for these important annual chimney maintenance services with us in the off-season. We would like to tell you more about the advantages of scheduling your professional chimney sweeping and inspection in the spring and summer.The Benefits of Spring Chimney Sweepings and Inspections - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney Sweeps

Easier time getting your appointment on a date that is convenient for you

When our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps visit your home to perform your annual chimney maintenance services, someone needs to be there while we are working. If you have a busy schedule, you will probably need to make your appointment on a specific date that is convenient for you to be at home. Waiting until the fall may just end up frustrating you as our packed calendar makes it challenging to schedule your appointment on the date you need. You may have to wait several weeks to arrange a time that works for us both. Scheduling your chimney sweeping and inspection in the spring is a breeze because you can easily find the appointment time that works for you.

No waiting to light your first fire

When you have your chimney professionally swept and inspected in the spring, your chimney will be ready to use in the fall. Since it can be so challenging to schedule an appointment that is convenient for you in the fall, you may even have to wait until after Thanksgiving to have your chimney serviced, which could put a dent in your holiday traditions. Weststar Chimney Sweeps knows one of the main reasons it is so essential to have your chimney swept before your first fire. According to the CSIA, creosote is the main cause of chimney fires because it is extremely flammable. We will be sure to remove every bit of this natural compound to reduce your risk of a chimney fire.

Take care of repairs in a timely manner.

Dangers could be lurking inside your chimney, and you would never know about these risks without a professional chimney inspection. Weststar Chimney Sweeps carefully examines your chimney to look for any damage that needs to be repaired for your chimney to work safely. If you have your chimney inspected in the spring, you will have plenty of time to have these essential repairs performed before the fall.
Avoid the fall rush! Contact Weststar Chimney Sweeps to schedule a spring chimney sweeping and inspection today.
By Mike O'Mara on May 10th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment