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Put a Cap on Your Animal Problems!

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.

Give the pros at Above & Beyond Chimney Service a call at 781-383-0415 if you have an animal intrusion problem.

Give the pros at Above & Beyond Chimney Service a call at 781-383-0415 if you have an animal intrusion problem.

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 short list 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 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 it’s 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.

Time for a Chimney Cap

Do you like saving money?  Do you like making the things in your home more efficient?  Do you like doing whatever possible to make sure your fireplace and chimney are safe for your home?  If you said yes to any of these questions then you need to ask your chimney technician about installing a chimney cap during your next inspection.  To contact a professional call Above and Beyond Chimney Service today!

We would be happy to discuss all the advantages of adding a properly-sized chimney cap.

We would be happy to discuss all the advantages of adding a properly-sized chimney cap.

How do you know what type of chimney cap you will need?

Since there are different types of fireplace, there are multiple models of chimney caps.  First there are metal chimneys, which are connected to most of your wood stoves and fireplaces.  Caps are especially important to these types of chimneys because water can ruin the inside of the structure.  Also, animals will feel the warmth from the chimney and try to nest inside of the unit.

Since masonry fireplace work in a different way, they need a different type of cap.  It is still important to protect these units from rain and wildlife, but it can also help to have a chimney cap because it will prevent windy weather form messing up the draft.  However, if the cap is not installed correctly it can worsen your draft rather than improve it.

 What do chimney caps do?

The Chimney Safety institute of America (CSIA) explains that chimney caps are one of the most inexpensive and best ways to prevent chimney damage.  Besides destroying the liner of the chimney, water can allow mold to grow.  The mold can then spread to the air and foundation of your home.  This is why it is especially important to keep water out of the chimney.

When nature is allowed in the chimney blockages can form, which can cause draft blockages and increased hazard for a chimney fire.  Animals are usually the main problem, along with tree twigs and leaves.  Since animals often carry diseases, there is more than one reason to keep them away.  Hopefully a chimney fire is not ignited inside of your chimney, but if so having a chimney cap is an added source of protection.  Since chimney fires are so hot and build so quickly, the sparks tend to shoot out everywhere.  The cap will work to block and keep the flames from spreading.

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