Spring may be the season that identifies a problem with your chimney, and you don’t want to be the last to know! A leak means there’s a problem with the masonry, flashing, crown, or cap. An odor problem also means there’s a leak or it needs to be cleaned. An animal in the chimney means there’s a problem with your cap. Animals in the chimney can be a pain, can cost you money, and if a certain bird gets into your chimney, you may not be able to remove it.
The Chimney Swift
Long ago there was a little species of swift that migrated through North America, nesting in hollow trees. As the land was settled and developed across the continental U.S., these hollow trees were cut down, and chimneys were put in their place. These little birds just see a hollow tower that looks like a great nesting place, thus they’re named the chimney swift.
Why it’s Important
As federally protected migratory birds, their removal with professional and humane services is illegal. In addition, you cannot schedule chimney services or light a fire. They must be left alone until their nesting season is over and they leave on their own. This may take up to 90 days, and during that time, they’ll bring their chatty friends and make quite a ruckus!
When the chimney swift does finally leave, you can bet it will be after bringing in nesting materials, leaving droppings and debris in your chimney, and making quite a mess. It’s important to schedule a chimney sweep after any kind of animal has gained access to your chimney system. When an animal comes into the chimney they scratch the flue liner, leave flammable materials, and often suffocate and die.
The best way to keep chimney swifts from damaging your chimney and hampering your time is to prevent them from access completely. Your chimney cap is the first and best defense against critters of all kinds, and even small birds like the swift cannot infiltrate it. Many homeowners have a damaged or missing cap and never realize it because it’s out of sight-out of mind. That’s why it’s important to hire a professional for all of your chimney care. We take care of the details so you don’t have to. Through routine chimney sweeps and inspections your Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service professional will identify weaknesses in your system. We can cap your chimney before a chimney swift makes it their home!