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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Chimney Swifts Do Not Harm Your Chimney!
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  Happy reading!
5:15 am edt 


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August West Chimney, LLC 
 Family owned and operated since 1973!
If your chimney is in:
 Westport, Weston, Fairfield, Redding, Easton or Greenwich CT,
Please call us in Weston at
(203) 226-0416
(Please note, these are the only 6 towns we serve)

If your house is in Wilton, Ridgefield, Norwalk, Darien, Stamford, or New Canaan, please call our Wilton affiliate at
(203) 762-7374

        Our Services Include: 

  • Fireplace Flue Cleanings 
  • Boiler and Furnace Flue Cleanings 
  • Woodstove Flue Cleanings (only certain types of installations) 
  • Chimney Safety Evaluations 
  • Damper and Cap Repairs / Replacements 
  • Diagnosis and Repair of Smokey/Smelly Chimneys
  • Flue Liners Restored/Replaced
  • Waterproofing of Exterior Bricks and Chimney Crowns 
  • Good, Sound Advice based on common sense and extensive experience 
We provide FREE ESTIMATES...give us a call or fill out the form on the Request an Estimate page.

As bricks age, they become more porous...
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We can protect these aging bricks from the ravages of moisture!



Antique Dodge Power Wagon
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This was originally a US Millitary ambulance in Vietnam
Fireplace at Wier Farm National Park
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(Click to enlarge.)

Hellen Keller's Chimney in Easton
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Apparently, Ms. Keller loved to enjoy her fireplace!

Peg Board Counter (Hand carved)
Helen Keller Log Counter
To help Ms. Keller keep track of logs fed into fire??
We care for many historically significant chimneys in our area.
You can trust us with yours too!