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Fall Means Animals Could Be in Your Chimney

If you have noticed scurrying and scratching sounds coming from your chimney, there’s most likely an animal inside your chimney. Now that cooler weather has arrived in the Lower Hudson Valley area, these sounds are not uncommon. As your chimney is the perfect place for wild animals to nest or hibernate.

Our staff at All Seasons Chimney gets plenty of calls about animals in their chimneys. We specialize in preventing wild animals and birds from entering your chimneys by providing the best selection of chimney caps. We would like to tell you more about these critters and what to do to keep them out of your chimney this fall.

What kind of wild animal is in my chimney?

Fall Means Animals Could Be in Your Chimney - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyYou will easily know if birds are inside your chimney by the chirping sounds. However, if you are hearing scurrying sounds, it could be one of many wild animals that are commonly found in chimneys. These critters include squirrels, raccoons, and opossums.

Although it is common for wild animals like raccoons to mistake chimneys for hollow trees as a nesting spot, according to the Wildlife Hotline. Often, a bird or wild animal could have fallen into your chimney and can’t get out. When this happens, there is a high risk of the critter dying inside your chimney. You may have heard from some to try and smoke a trapped animal out of your chimney, but the Wildlife Hotline and other wildlife and fire safety organizations advise against this tactic. The best solution is to contact a wildlife removal professional for this situation!

How can All Seasons Chimney help me keep them out of my chimney?

The best way to prevent birds, squirrels, bats, raccoons, and other wild animals from entering your chimney is to get a chimney cap professionally installed. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney technicians can help you pick out a cap that is equipped with mesh metal sides to help keep critters from entering your chimney.

All Seasons Chimney is here to help keep wild animals out of your chimney this fall. Contact us today at 845-567-1217 to learn more about our chimney cap sales and installation services.

We Install Prefabricated Chimneys

If you are considering a new fireplace, you might want to think about a prefabricated system, also called factory-built. Since masonry chimneys are built on site brick by brick, they are much more costly to add to your home.

Prefabricated chimneys have several advantages. One advantage is that they are typically less expensive to install than masonry chimneys. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has been installing both masonry and prefabricated chimneys. We would love to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about prefabricated chimneys.

What is a prefabricated chimney?

 We Install Prefabricated Chimneys - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyIn the 1960’s, a prefabricated chimney is manufactured to be sold and installed with a specific fireplace as one piece. Introduced as an affordable alternative to masonry chimneys, and they are typically made of metal, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).

A prefabricated chimney looks very different from a masonry chimney. It is spotted as a metal pipe extending from a roof. If you would like your prefabricated chimney to look more like a masonry chimney, the expert masons at All Seasons Chimney can build a chase or a masonry shell to cover the metal chimney pipe too.

What are the advantages of a prefabricated chimney?

As mentioned above, a pre-fab chimney is considerably less expensive to install than a masonry chimney. You can choose between wood-burning and gas fuel types for a prefabricated fireplace. This is especially great for those who love the convenience and ease of gas. Another advantage of a prefabricated chimney is the height, weight, and depth of the unit. It is all properly proportioned when it arrives at your home.

What are the concerns with a prefabricated chimney and fireplace system?

Over the past couple of decades, you have probably heard horror stories about devastating residential fires that started with a prefabricated system. However, majority of these fires were caused by the incorrect installation of these factory-built system that did not follow the required clearance measurements.

However, you can trust the installation process to our experts at All Seasons Chimney for your new prefabricated system. Our technicians have been trained and certified by the CSIA, and we always make sure everything meets building safety codes and standards when installing fireplaces and chimneys. If you are wanting a new fireplace, consider adding a prefabricated chimney system. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney today to learn more about our professional chimney installation services!