In the Shenandoah Valley, it is not uncommon to have birds or bats nesting in chimneys. Since it is against federal law to remove some species of birds, such as chimney swifts, from their nesting spots, the fall is the best time to have your chimney professionally swept to have these nests and any other remaining debris removed. These nests are constructed with flammable materials like sticks and straw, which means you have a high risk of a chimney fire when these nests remain inside your chimney. Blue Ridge Chimney Services is here to help you get your fireplace and chimney ready for the winter, and our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweeps will make sure to remove every bit of nesting materials from your chimney. We would like to tell you more about the benefits of having your chimney swept in the fall as well as how to keep birds and bats from returning to your chimney in the spring.
What are the benefits of having my chimney professionally swept in the fall?
The most important benefit of a professional chimney sweeping in the fall has to do with your safety. National fire safety groups like the CSIA and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend having this professional chimney maintenance service done in the fall to reduce your risks of a chimney fire and a carbon monoxide leak. Blue Ridge Chimney Services will not only remove animal nests, but we will also be sure to brush off the flammable creosote deposits from the inner walls of your chimney. After the sweeping, we will inspect your chimney to make sure there are no other blockages or other damage that could cause your chimney to be unsafe. After a professional chimney sweeping and inspection, your chimney and fireplace system will work much more efficiently, which is another great benefit.
How can I keep birds and bats from returning to nest in my chimney in the spring?
The best way to prevent birds, bats, and other wild animals from nesting in your chimney is to have a chimney cap professionally installed on top of the chimney. Blue Ridge Chimney Services can help you find a chimney cap that is equipped with mesh metal sides that will keep these wild creatures from being able to enter your chimney. A chimney cap will also keep water from rain and melted snow from getting into the chimney. Some caps can even improve your chimney draft. If you have had birds or bats in your chimney this past year, you definitely need to contact us about adding this important component to your chimney as soon as possible.
Make sure your chimney is ready for winter. Contact us today at Blue Ridge Chimney Services to schedule an appointment to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected.