Protecting Your Home From Animals Coming Down The Chimney
Animals are cute and cuddly, and we love watching funny videos of them on YouTube. But they stop being cute and fun when they start invading our personal space, namely our chimneys.
Since the beginning of the chimney industry, animals have been one of the top concerns of homeowners and chimney professionals alike. Our team here at Above and Beyond Chimney Service has had our fair share of animal complaints from homeowners from all over. And we’ve dealt with each case effectively.
What can animals do to our chimneys?
There are a lot of things that could go wrong when animals such as raccoons and squirrels get inside your chimney. But to help you better picture it out, here is a shortlist that might be helpful.
- Animals are furry or hairy, and they live outdoors. When animals get inside your chimney the chance of them bringing in foreign dirt and such is rather high.
- Animals are a known and common host for smaller pests such as fleas, mites, and ticks. Once they find their way inside your chimney, so do their parasitic friends.
- Unlike the raccoons, bats, and chimney swifts, some animals have no means of getting themselves out of the chimney once they find themselves inside. So what happens to the majority of the animals is they get stuck inside, then they starve and eventually they die.
Basically, all these scenarios lead to the same thing, and that is chimney blockage. And we all know a blocked chimney can pave the way to a lot of dangerous and more difficult situations.
How can one prevent animals from entering their chimney?
If you decide to do a little research on your own, you will find several ways of keeping animals out. These suggestions have been posted by various people all around the world. You could try that out if you find it more convenient. Some methods may work for you and some may not, it all actually depends on the method and its compatibility with your chimney and your situation.
But then there is one method that we recommend and that is approved by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and that is capping. It’s easy, safe and it’s guaranteed to keep pests, animals, and any kind of external force out of your chimney.