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Keeping Animals Out of Your Chimney

Have you noticed scurrying and chirping sounds coming from your chimney? This could mean that a family of birds, squirrels, raccoons, or wild animals has mistaken your chimney as a nesting spot. The first thing that you should do is to give the team at All Seasons Chimney a call.

For over 25 years, we have been taking care of the chimneys in the lower Hudson Valley and surrounding areas. We know exactly what to do to safely remove animals from chimneys and homes as well as how to keep them from coming back. We would like to tell you more about keeping birds and wild animals out of your chimney and home for good.

Why do wild animals nest inside chimneys?

squirrel eating Due to real estate development and growing populations, more trees are being cut down. Therefore, it is very common for wild animals to mistake a chimney for its favorite nesting spot, a hollow tree. When birds, squirrels, raccoons, or other animals move into your chimney, it can increase the risk of a chimney fire. Even if the animals leave your chimney, they generally leave nesting materials behind in your flue.

You are also at a higher risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, as the nests may block the flue and force smoke and toxic gases back into your home. One of the worst situations that could happen is that an animal could get stuck and die inside your chimney. The smell of a decomposing animal is foul, which is why it is so important to keep animals out of your chimney.

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

For the best protection against bird and wild animal chimney invasions, we recommend professional installation of an animal guard on top of your chimney. They are also known as spark arrestors. Animal guards can also prevent hot sparks from jumping out of the chimney to start an accidental fire while keeping leaves, sticks, and debris from getting inside the chimney. We carry a wide range of animal guards from Olympia Chimney Supply. We also have a wide variety of chimney caps that have animal guards built into the sides.

The best way to keep birds and animals out of your chimney is have a professional install an animal guard. Contact All Seasons Chimney today to schedule an appointment, we can protect your chimney with our superior animal guard installation services!

Keeping Animals Out Of Your Chimney

The last thing you want to hear coming from your chimney? The scurrying sounds of wild animals or the chirping sounds of birds! Unfortunately, birds, bats, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals often see a chimney as a safe place to build nests. This is because of trees being cut down for construction and development purposes. Keeping birds and wild animals out of your chimney is important. Why? It keep your fireplace and chimney system working safely. A wild animal inside your chimney is not just annoying, but it can also be dangerous! In fact, animals in your chimney cause safety hazards in your home.

Keeping Animals Out Of Your Chimney Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyYou can always call to have most wild animals removed from your chimney. However, many species of birds, including chimney swifts, are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This is a federal law that makes it illegal to remove them and their nests! The best way to avoid this problem is to keep these critters from ever getting into your chimney in the first place. All Seasons Chimney knows exactly how to accomplish this. Now, we would like to tell you more about how we can protect your chimney from bird and animal invasions.

You need a good-quality chimney cap that is equipped with animal guards.

What happens if a chimney cap isn’t professionally installed on the top of your chimney? You have an open door for birds, squirrels, bats, raccoons, and any other wild animal looking for a place to build their nest! To be sure that they can’t get into the chimney, your cap should be equipped with animal guards. These are mesh metal sides that prevent critters from entering your chimney. All Seasons Chimney can help you select the best cap for your chimney. Plus, we provide professional installation services that guarantee your protection.

A chimney cap serves other important functions, too!

A chimney cap keeps birds and wild animals out of the chimney. It also prevents water from rain and melted ice and snow from leaking into the chimney opening. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) says that a chimney cap is the least expensive preventive measure you can take against water penetration! Another function of a chimney cap is to prevent accidental fires. The animal guards can keep hot sparks and embers from jumping out of the top of the chimney and igniting a fire where they land. Having chimney draft issues? You should consider a chimney cap that is equipped with special side vents that direct the wind to help pull out the exhaust gases.

All Seasons Chimney has a wide variety of different types of chimney caps, and we provide professional installation services of these caps. Contact us to learn more about how a chimney cap can protect you from animal invasions, water penetration damage, accidental fires, and draft problems!