Stop Birds Nesting in a Direct Vent Fireplace

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It is important to stop birds nesting in a direct vent fireplace exhaust because what seems like a small (kinda cute) thing, could be a big problem for homeowners. Here’s a recent example:
Birds got into a customer’s vent, nested, and ended up costing them the fireplace! I know what you’re thinking… what do you mean “cost them the fireplace”… that sounds dramatic, but birds nesting in the wrong place can sometimes be a serious situation. Prevention is the best option, so once the birds are gone, we can help set you up for success.
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PLEASE NOTE: Removing many nesting birds is against the law. Do not touch them if they’ve already built the nest. Call animal control in your local area for more information on handling the situation.

Local Kansas City Resource to help with bird removal:  AAAC Wildlife Removal

Worst Case Scenario for Bird Nesting in Vents

bird nesting in chimneys can cause house fires
Birds nesting in chimneys can cause house fires
If the fireplace had been fired up with a birds nest blockage, there could have been devastating consequences. Not just cooked eggs but think about it: A birds nest is made of straw, grass, twigs and is essentially kindling against an extremely hot exhaust. Kindling is a fire starter! The exhaust is connected to your home, and residential houses are not built to withstand that type of heat!

Bird Nests Can Ruin a Direct Vent Fireplace

When animals build a nest in a complex cabinet like a direct vent fireplace, it becomes impossible to take it apart enough to clean out properly.  Debris from the nest are combustible and cannot be removed sufficiently, which would render the fireplace unsafe to use.
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Maybe you never use your fireplace and think what does a nest matter if I never even fire it up?! If you ever try to sell your home, it could become an expensive problem if there is a code violation. Most importantly, it would be a safety concern for the family that moves into the home. BOTTOM LINE: If birds get into a direct vent, it usually ruins the system and will need to be replaced sooner.

How to Prevent Birds Nesting in a Direct Vent Fireplace

If you’ve read this far, then chances are you have a nest and it’s too late for DIY solutions. It’s better to prevent birds nesting in your vents with an annual service to identify and get ahead of potential nesting areas. We inspect most types of fireplace chimneys but we can also look at dryer vents, and gas appliance vents. Having a professional Chimney Sweep perform chimney service every year can help prevent birds from building nests in your direct vent/gas fireplace or other exhaust. A Certified Chimney Technician looks for defects that could allow entry of all animals, not just birds. Chimney Inspections are recommended on a yearly basis anyway, however, this is just one more reason to make it a habit in your home maintenance routine. Call us today at 913-642-6171.