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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.

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.


Spring Cleaning Time!

SpringCleaning-SanDiegoCA-WeststarChimneySweepsThe spring season is just around the corner, and that means one thing… spring cleaning! Time to get your home cleaned, clear out the garage and make your backyard look nice. But, don’t forget one very important thing… your chimney!

Yes, this is the perfect time to have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a CSIA Certified Professional. Remember that an unserviced chimney can be a big fire hazard, so make sure that your home is not only clean, but also safe.

Even though winter is almost gone, the nights are still cold here in San Diego, so make sure your fireplace is in good condition and ready for your family to use it. Give us a call today to setup an appointment.

Weststar Chimney Sweeps Featured on NBC 7 San Diego

We are proud to share the following video that was featured on NBC 7 San Diego about Weststar Chimney Sweeps!

“It’s dangerous, dirty, and requires a lot of strength and balance. We’re talking about chimney sweeping. Even in sunny San Diego we need to think about sweeping our chimneys. Megan Tevrizian reports.”

Happy & Cold New Year!

NewYears-SanDiegoCA-WeststarChimneySweepsOh the holidays! Christmas trees, lights, songs, gifts, dinners, mistletoes, reindeers and santas. Definitely one of the best times of the year! Unfortunately the holiday season, like most everything in life, had to came to an end. But don’t worry, not everything is lost. The cold winter season is still here, and it will still be with us for a little bit longer.

Ok, that may not be the greatest thing, especially now that we are hitting record breaking low temperatures all over San Diego County. But, if you’re reading this, there is a good chance you have a chimney at your home, and we’re pretty sure you used it during the holidays. Well, this is the perfect time to have it inspected and swept by a CSIA Certified Professional. At Weststar Chimney Sweeps we can make sure that your chimney is in good condition so you can keep using it during this cold new year.

The gift giving season may be over, but you can still give your family the gift of a warm home. And the best part, no wrapping required!

From all of us at Weststar Chimney Sweeps, we hope you had a great holiday season, and we wish you the very best for this new year. May you you reach all your goals and dreams!

Santa Claus is Coming Down your Chimney Tonight!

Santa-SanDiegoCA-WeststarChimneySweepsChristmas is almost here, and you know what that means… Santa Claus!! He’s coming down your chimney with a bag full of toys! Ok, he’s not, but you should still have your chimney ready anyway for all those guests that will be coming to your home, hopefully thru the front door.

There’s nothing better for a christmas family reunion than the warmth and crackling sound of a fireplace. Your chimney is ready for Christmas, right? Don’t take chances on the safety of your home, your family and your guests. Have your chimney inspected by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Professional. Call Weststar Chimney Sweeps today. Santa may not be coming, but we will. We’ll go to your home and do a thorough inspection of every single part of your chimney, and will clean and fix anything that is needed to insure your chimney is ready and safe for the holidays.

By the way, better keep this blog post away from the little ones. We don’t want them to know that Santa Claus is not really coming down the chimney. Merry Christmas!