Oftentimes, animals enter the chimney to escape rain, cold, and other harsh weather conditions. Unfortunately, this can be dangerous for the animals and for your home since temperatures in a chimney can skyrocket. Here’s what you need to know about chimney animal removal.
What Is This Animal in My Chimney?
All kinds of animals can find their way into your chimney. Some simply enter out of curiosity and are unable to escape, and others will attempt to use your chimney for a new home. For example, birds and raccoons alike look for nesting areas that are high above the ground, and your chimney seems like the ideal location. On the other hand, stray cats and other animals may enter out of curiosity and find themselves stuck. In either case, North American Chimney specializes in chimney animal removal.
Signs of Animals in the Chimney
In some cases, there may be no symptoms of animals in your chimney. Other times, you may start noticing debris or animal droppings falling into your chimney, which are surefire signs an animal has entered. Many homeowners never know there are animals in their chimneys until they have died and started to decompose; the smell alerts them to the animals’ presence, and it can quickly grow overpowering.
Is It Dangerous?
When animals nest in your chimney, it can certainly present a danger. Their nests can block the proper flow of air, which can result in carbon monoxide buildup in your home. The bacteria these animals carry and excrete in their urine and feces can exacerbate allergies or cause illnesses. In some cases, animals may even be able to enter your home through your fireplace. For these reasons, it’s important to hire a professional for animal removal from chimney.
A Humane Approach
Whereas many companies will poison or kill animals to get them out of their clients’ chimneys, North American Chimney takes a humane approach to their removal. When you have raccoons in the chimney, North American will safely trap them and remove them from your roof, then install a chimney guard to prevent their reentry. The animals are not hurt or injured; instead, they’re simply relocated away from your home where they are encouraged to seek refuge elsewhere.
The Family of Rescued Raccoons
Recently, North American rescued a male and female racoon from a client’s chimney, installed a guard, and allowed the raccoons to run off into the yard to find a new place to nest. Shortly thereafter, the same homeowner called back and said they still heard noises coming from the chimney. Upon returning, North American Chimney found two raccoon pups. They placed the raccoons in the yard, and eventually the parents reclaimed them. They’ve since moved on, but it’s a heartwarming story. The best way to keep animals out of your chimney is to install a rain and animal guard that will allow airflow, but keep animals and large debris out. If an animal such as a bird, raccoon, or cat finds its way inside your chimney despite this, North American Chimney can safely remove it without harm.