Stop Animal Intrusion in Your Chimney!
What would you do if you found a squirrel in your kitchen? How would you react to a family of sleeping raccoons on your bed? Do plump rats tumbling down your chimney have your attention yet? Good. It’s time to put a barrier between you and the Animal Kingdom!
Chimneys provide warmth when weather brings in the cold, but when not in use they are vulnerable to pests that are searching for a warm home. Think of your chimney as a pathway. As you let fire out to warm up your home, animals may seek a cozy space to crawl into because they are drawn to the heat coming out from it. You not only have to worry about the disgusting and harmful diseases that these vermin can carry, but how they can cause big trouble for your chimney system.
Imagine a swallow attracted by and settling into your chimney. Throughout the time that it has taken residence in your chimney system it builds a nest filled with food, feces, and feathers. If you’re not careful, when you light up your fireplace you may well be in for a nasty surprise. All the debris that has built up in your chimney is flammable.
How do you get out of that no-win situation? It’s tough to say, but it’ll probably cost you a lot of headache and expenses. You’re a savvy chimney owner though, you’d avert that disaster by preparing. Preparation is one of the key values that can never be over-stressed. A failure to plan is a plan to fail.
Chimney Cap Installation
How do you plan a successful defense against the outdoors? Have you heard of a chimney cap? It’s exactly what it sounds like: it’s a cap for your chimney. It keeps out the debris, animals, and natural elements such as rain. You don’t have to let your home be the prime destination for creepy creatures, just cap them out!
On another note: have you heard noises coming from your chimney lately? Maybe you’ve been without a chimney cap for a couple of years. It can be the wind. Or it can be a pack of opossums getting cozy. You’re welcome to investigate on your own, but do you really want to run the risk of getting attacked by an animal or contracting rabies? Some things are better left to the experts.
If you suspect that you have an animal infestation in your chimney, take a page out of “The Homeowner’s Guide to Chimneys, Fireplaces and Stoves” and hire an experienced chimney sweep to “remove any blockages or obstructions in your chimney and make recommendations for repair.” Plan ahead and keep those pesky critters out! Contact Black Moose Chimney today to schedule an appointment!