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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!

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.