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How Did The Chimney Swift Get Its Name?

If you have seen a smaller, cigar-shaped bird flying through the sky recently, there is a good chance it is a chimney swift looking for a place to nest. Chimney swifts are known for their darker color scheme, their fast wingbeats, and their appetite for mosquitoes. They play a big role in keeping our bug populations down, and there is no doubt they make a significant contribution to the world.

So, what do chimney swifts have to do with chimneys? Let’s find out.

How Did The Chimney Swift Get Its Name?

Swifts & Your Chimney

Chimney swifts were given their name based on the fact that they are notorious for building nests in people’s chimneys. Why is this their ideal set-up? Chimney swifts cannot perch like most birds, so instead they cling to the sides of vertical surfaces. Because of this, they cannot build nests like other birds who set them up in the branches of trees.

Rather, chimney swifts use their glue-like saliva to attach their nesting materials to the sides of a vertical surface, such as the inside of a hollow tree, the wall of a cave, or – you guessed – the interior walls of your chimney.

What To Do About Swifts In Your Chimney

Unfortunately, these birds are currently struggling to keep their population up, which is why they are now protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This means that removing them, their nesting materials or any potential young could land you in some legal trouble, and you will likely face some pretty hefty fines, as well.

Because of this, any swift in your chimney must simply be left alone until they leave on their own accord. When temperatures drop, they will migrate to a warmer climate, after which you can have their nesting materials removed, so you can safely use your fireplace again. While this may be inconvenient, it is the only option you face.

Avoiding Problems Down The Line

If you have struggled with the presence of chimney swifts in the past, then you are likely eager to find ways to prevent them from entering your system again. We get it! That’s why the crew here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service recommends having a well-fitted chimney cap installed. This is an affordable investment that will prevent chimney swifts from entering your flue again down the line, and they keep out other animals, as well. Along with all that, a chimney cap will work to keep water out of your chimney, as well as prevent downdrafts and debris accumulation.

Our team is ready to set you up right, and we can answer any questions you have along the way, as well. Reach out today, and we will get this process started!

Chimney Crown Failure & How We Can Help

When it comes to keeping your chimney in good health, minimizing water damage and investing in preventative maintenance is key. For this reason, it’s important to have your chimney crown inspected and repaired regularly as the years go by. If you’re concerned about the state of your chimney crown, give our CSIA certified team a call today. We’re ready to help you out, and with winter fast approaching now is the time to get our team on the job!

What Is The Chimney Crown?Chimney Crown Failure - Lake Norman NC - Sirevent Chimney & Venting

For those not quite as familiar with chimney terms and anatomy, the chimney crown is what sits on the top of your chimney. It starts at your liner and extends past the edge of your chimney at a downward slope. This unique design allows water to flow out and away from the sides of your chimney, which helps keep the brickwork better protected in times of bad weather.

In order to function well, the crown needs to be made from strong materials that can withstand years of abuse. It also needs to hold the appropriate shape, size, and design in order to work effectively. This is why hiring trained experts, like our team here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, is always the way to go! We’re here to help you every step of the way.

Addressing Your Issues

There are a couple of different ways to approach a faulty crown. If yours has small cracks or other issues, then there’s no need to do anything too extensive. There are simple repair techniques we can apply that will get the job done right, allowing you to enjoy your system with peace of mind and relaxation month after month.

In other cases, the crown may be beyond basic repair work, and in these situations the entire thing may need to be rebuilt. This is obviously a more extensive job, but you don’t need to worry about a thing when we’re getting it done. We’ve been rebuilding crowns and working on chimneys for years, so you can rest easy when you hire us.

Benefits Of A Well-Working Crown

Once your crown is patched up and in good shape, you’ll notice countless immediate benefits. You’ll be less prone to chimney leaks, your brickwork will stay in better shape, and you’ll notice less overall deterioration throughout your system. Crowns are very important and they do a big job for the health and functionality of your system.

If you want to guarantee yourself a better working and safer to operate chimney and fireplace this fall, then the time to call us in for an inspection is now. Not only will we inspect your crown, but we will check your entire chimney over as well. We’ll be happy to note and address any issues that may be present, and we’ll let you know if ant repairs may be necessary too.

You deserve a safer, more comfortable holiday season. Get that by scheduling an appointment with us today!