Chimney Fire Potential
Having written about Jackdaws throughout April, I suppose I was only marginally surprised to read this article:
What did surprise me is that having lost part of a building to a fire due to a Jackdaw nest, nobody thought to provide a decent bird guard to prevent it happening again. Even on a listed building there are ways to prevent bird ingress. The fitter may not have a complete range to hand but should be able to source something that will suit both pocket and style.
Wilkins Chimney Sweep fit from ladders where possible but I spied the scaffolding at this property – that’s the perfect time to make sure that the chimneys are protected – either capped if not in use or guarded against bird ingress with a cowl some form of wire cage.
The right cowl can also prevent rain ingress – great if you have a woodburner since these rust if rain is allowed to enter the flue.
It would be so great to hear that chimney fires are a thing of the past! Regular cleaning and protection from birds and rain will go a long way to make this happen.