I have chimney birds! Help!!!

A normal sign of warm weather is hearing birds chirping and singing; however, if you are hearing these sounds coming from your fireplace, it may not seem exactly normal. You most likely have a family of chimney birds nesting in your home. However, several species of birds in our area are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes it illegal to remove them from your chimney. They will leave on their own in the fall, but these chimney birds will return again the following spring to your chimney. American Chimney & Masonry has found that the best way to protect your chimney from migratory birds residing within the flue is to have a chimney cap professionally installed on top of your chimney. We would like to tell you a bit more about these birds and how a chimney cap can keep them out of your chimney.

What exactly are migratory birds?

According to the United States Department of Defense Partners in Flight, migratory birds are species of birds that travel through parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Russia, or Japan during their course of migration. These birds are protected by federal law because they are at risk because they are not adequately protected during the nesting season or while on their way to and from their breeding grounds. Some of the most commonly found migratory birds in Oregon include ospreys, Rufous hummingbirds, and black-chinned hummingbirds. The problem with these birds living within your chimney is that their nests can become dangerous fire hazards within your chimney. These nests also harbor parasites that could invade your home. Our certified chimney sweeps at American Chimney & Masonry can remove any nesting materials from your chimney after the birds have left in the fall.

How does a chimney cap protect my chimney from these birds returning?

Chimney caps are equipped with meshing on the sides that will keep chimney birds and other wild animals like squirrels and raccoons from being able to get into the top of the chimney.

What are the other advantages of a chimney cap?

The least expensive prevention device against water penetration of your chimney, a chimney cap keeps water from rain and melted snow out of the interior of your chimney. The mesh siding of chimney caps also serve as spark arrestors, which prevents a hot spark from jumping out of your chimney to possibly ignite a fire on your roof, your neighbor’s roof, and your yard. Chimney caps can also help you deal with draft issues if you live in a windy area.

What types of chimney caps does American Chimney & Masonry sell and install?

Our experts can recommend the perfect chimney cap for your situation. We offer special caps for large chimneys, copper caps that will last a lifetime, and wind-directional and draft-inducing chimney caps. Our certified technicians will professionally install the cap to ensure you are best protected from migratory birds, other animals, and water penetration.

If you need help dealing with migratory birds, contact American Chimney & Masonry. We can find the perfect chimney cap to solve this problem for you.

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Located right here in Oregon, our Portland chimney sweep technicians provide the best in chimney repair, fireplace installation and dryer vent care in the Greater Portland-Metro area. From NE Portland down to SE Portland, Tualatin and Oregon City in the south, from Pleasant Valley in the east to Beaverton and Sherwood in the west – when it comes to your chimney, fireplace and vents, we hope you’ll call American Chimney & Masonry! We are the most trusted Portland Chimney Repair company!

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