Protect Your Chimney from Chimney Swifts This Spring

The days are getting warmer, and migratory birds are making their path back across North America. You have likely noticed large flocks of birds flying across the sky or settling in fields and in power lines and trees. These birds are traveling now, but will soon begin nesting. There is one bird that instinctively nests in chimneys—and when they do, they can be a bit of a headache.

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Chimney Swifts are federally protected as endangered. These birds used to be prolific across North America, but since they nest in hollow trees, their habitats have been largely destroyed. Forests have been replaced by business and residential areas, and hollow trees have been replaced by chimneys—perfect for the chimney swift. If allowed inside, a chimney swift will nest inside your chimney as if it’s always been its home. These birds move into the chimney flue, sometimes by the hundreds, and nest for approximately 90 days before leaving. Unlike other critters who may get into the chimney flue, chimney swifts cannot be removed, even in the most humane way, due to a federal mandate. In fact, if you have chimney swifts in your chimney, they cannot be removed, and you cannot light a fire until they leave. If this doesn’t sound fair to you, the best thing you can do is prevent the occurrence completely. Protect your chimney from swifts this spring
by putting a bird-proof cap on the top of your flue.

Chimney Caps

Chimney caps not only prevent animals and tiny birds from entering your chimney system, but they also serve other purposes. For instance, your chimney cap will prevent precipitation from entering the chimney and causing water damage to the masonry and the home. In addition to protecting your chimney from animals and weather, the chimney cap also keeps the fire in its place. If sparks float up the chimney, the spark guard on the cap will prevent them from escaping and igniting nearby debris on the roof or dry grasses and shrubs on the ground.

Swift Towers

You’ve heard of birdhouses. Some homeowners and environmentalists make it a priority to build similar structures for chimney swifts to nest. These keep the swifts from attempting to nest in the chimney, and allows a home for the birds to return to it year after year. We do not recommend that homeowners allow chimney swifts into their chimney system. They are not only very loud, but they will inhabit your chimney system for up to 90 days, and leave behind flammable bedding, stinky droppings, and more. It’s best to prevent the occurrence completely.

If you don’t think your chimney flue is animal proof, contact Black Moose Chimney & Stove as soon as possible. If your cap is missing, chimney swifts getting in and nesting will be the least of your worries. You may already have damage and hazards caused by exposure. Now is the time to schedule a chimney sweep and inspection so that a professional can assess the chimney system and correct issues (such as a missing cap).

Call 603-525-7905 today and discuss your chimney system with an expert.

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)