Saturday, July 28, 2012
Chimney Swifts Do Not Harm Your Chimney!
5:15 am edt
Over the past few weeks we have received dozens of calls from homeowners concerned that loud birds have taken up residency
in their chimneys. What they don't realize is the Chimney Swifts (Chaetura Pelagica) have actually been nesting in the
flue since late March. They just hear the birds now because the nestlings (babys) have become old enough to make
an audible 'buzzing' noise during feeding that is amplified by the configuration of the chimney flue. While the Swifts can
be a little disruptive, they do the chimney no harm. These birds are protected by law under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and
as such should be left alone for the duration of the nesting season. Please be sure that your damper is closed to keep them
from unintentionally getting into the house. Usually in mid to late August they abandon the nest (and your chimney) to embark
on their amazing annual migration down to the Amazon Basin - mostly in and around Eastern Peru. Once they have vacated the
chimney on their own, we'll be happy to come install a cap or screening to keep them out next spring. You may choose to continue
to host these little birds if you don't mind the noise though, as one family (two adults & 4-6 fledglings) consume
thousands of flying insects each day, and don't harm your chimney in any way! To read more about these busy little birds,
go to ChimneySwifts.org
August West Chimney, LLC
Family owned and operated since 1973!
If your chimney is in:
Westport, Weston, Fairfield, Redding, or Easton CT,
Please call us in Weston at
(Please note, these are the only 5 towns we serve)
If your house is in Wilton, Ridgefield, Norwalk, Darien, Stamford, or New Canaan, please
call James Flint at
Our Services Include:
- Fireplace Flue Cleanings
and Furnace Flue Cleanings
- Woodstove Flue Cleanings
(only certain types of installations)
- Damper and Cap Repairs / Replacements
- Diagnosis and Repair of Smokey/Smelly Chimneys
- Flue Liners Restored/Replaced
of Exterior Bricks and Chimney Crowns
- Good, Sound
Advice based on common sense and extensive experience
If you would like an estimate, please give us a call or fill out the form on the
Request an Estimate page.
|As bricks age, they become more porous...
|We can protect these aging bricks from the ravages of moisture!