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Springtime thoughts turn to chimneys?

Nochimney swift nestw that spring weather has arrived we are all taking advantage of the lovely weather, opening our windows and enjoying the sounds of springtime. It’s great to see signs of life returning to our surroundings. However, one place where we don’t particularly want to hear those sounds is from inside the chimney!

While you are outside surveying your home, lawn and garden, it would be wise to take a look up at your chimney, to ensure all is in good order there as well. If a chimney cap is missing, or improperly secured, it presents an attractive destination for neighborhood wildlife to seek refuge from the elements.

In addition to four-footed lodgers such as squirrels and raccoons, chimneys can also attract chimney swifts. These birds are unusual, in that they are incapable of perching, but rather cling to vertical surfaces, and build their nests on these surfaces. With the advent of civilization in their native habitats, and the loss of the hollow trees that used to be their nesting locations, they are now mostly found in chimneys.

The key is to address this BEFORE they gain entry. While raccoons and squirrels may be removed by wildlife professionals, you would actually have to wait until the chimney swifts are ready to leave on their own, as they are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, and neither birds nor nests may be removed without a federal permit.

Just give us a call, and one of our Blackburns chimney technicians would be happy to come out for an assessment of your chimney. If the need for a cap is determined, we can typically install a stainless steel cap the same day. We also have a range of specialty caps that may be ordered for your chimney.