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Chimney Caps

You wouldn’t just leave a hole in your roof because you know that precipitation, cold air, animals, or leaves and twigs would get in through the hole. But doesn’t it seem like that’s exactly what your chimney is? A hole that lets stuff in. That’s why a chimney cap is so important. Your chimney is designed to be topped by the chimney crown. This is the solid piece of concrete material at the very Chimney Cap or Chase Cover - Mansfield OH - Chim Cheroo Chimneytop of your brick chimney. It actually has a great design which directs rain off its sloped sides and away from the point where the roof meets the roof because that spot would be particularly susceptible to leaks. But it does nothing to keep precipitation out of the opening itself. That’s the job of the chimney cap.

Structure of a Chimney Cap

Not every chimney has a chimney cap. This is something that the homeowner can purchase and add to the chimney structure. It sits on top of the chimney crown. It is designed like a little one-room shed, with a solid roof with sloped sides to direct precipitation towards the chimney crown. Because the purpose of the chimney is to allow smoke to leave, the chimney cap is designed with metal grated sides so that the smoke is released but outdoor things are kept out. This is a great way to ensure that stray debris, leaves, twigs, and animals are kept out of your home.

Now is a great time to be thinking about chimney caps because it’s chimney swift season. Chimney swifts are a unique little bird, shaped like a cigar, and resembling a smoky smudge. They aren’t much bigger than a sparrow or a robin, but they do have long, narrow wings. A swift spends most of its life in flight, in part because it can’t perch, but instead clings to walls when it lands to roost. In fact, a chimney swift even eats, drinks, and cleans itself in flight. These little travelers migrate to Peru every winter, then head back up north to build their nests and raise their young. Because they can’t perch, they need to look for hollow logs or caves to build their nests, but these sites are in short supply in modern-day America. That’s why the innovative swift began to use chimneys to build their nests instead. Chimney swifts also tend to go back to the same nest again and again if it’s available, so if they start out in your chimney, they’ll come back year after year unless you stop that from happening.

Prevention

Chimney sweeps are noisy nest makers and their babies are noisy, also. Other animals can make lots of noise while they’re raising little ones as well. There is also some smell associated with having animals in your chimney. If all of this is more than you want to deal with year after year, give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc a call and we will make sure you have a chimney cap that keeps critters, leaves and twigs, and other debris out of your chimney.

By Don Rhine on July 31st, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on Chimney Caps

All About Chimney Swifts

It’s that time of year when the snow is melted, the grass is green, and the trees explode with the vibrant green of new leaves. The air smells fresh and the flowers start to bloom, bringing the birds from the North. Bird watching is a great activity, especially if it involves sitting on the front porch and relaxing with a glass of lemonade while you watch. The next time you’re out looking for different kinds of birds, take special notice of any gray, cigar-shaped, smoky looking smudge with wings. If you see this, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen a chimney swift. This is a special little bird, spending most of its life in flight. It can’t perch, so when it does land, it has to cling to the inside of a hollow tree or a chimney.

Life of a Chimney Swiftsmall smoky bird on brick

If you live in the west, you probably won’t see a chimney swift because chimney swifts mainly live in the eastern part of the United States. They migrate south to South America during the winter, then head back up for the warm days of the northeastern United States. Because swifts need to cling, rather than perch, the interior of hollow trees is the perfect spot, and that’s where they landed. However, as the region became more populated, hollow trees began to become more scarce and swifts had to find a new place to land. Chimneys were a natural choice, being hollow, warm, dark, and out of the path of the wind or harsh weather. The thing is, however, that chimney swifts can cause some small problems.

Chimney swifts in your chimney can’t really cause any physical damage, but they are noisy little birds, especially when raising a family. Because they are a small bird, their nests aren’t really big enough to catch a spark and start a fire. They are loud, especially when little ones are born. A good thing to remember is that when the little ones are at the point of making noise, they’re pretty close to the point of moving out of your chimney.

Call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc

If the noise is too bothersome for you, the best idea is to get rid of those swifts after the family has moved out and then prevent them from moving back in. Give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc a call and we’ll make sure that your chimney cap is in great shape, and that’ll keep the swifts out of your chimney in the future.

By Don Rhine on May 29th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on All About Chimney Swifts