Here’s a recent example:
Prevention is the best option, so once the birds are gone, we can help set you up for success.
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 Resources to help with bird removal:
Worst Case Scenario for Bird Nesting in Vents
Birds nesting in chimneys can cause house fires
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.
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.
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.