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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.

How Cold Weather Affects Your Chimney

As the brutally cold winter weather begins settling into the Hudson Valley, it is time to keep an eye on the exterior of your masonry chimney. According to the Chimney Institute of America (CSIA), the majority of masonry damage occurs during periods of freezing temperatures. This damage can become even worse as the cold accelerates the deterioration of the bricks and mortar joints. This is why All Seasons Chimney would like to tell you more about our professional chimney masonry repair services. We can even help you prevent this type of cold weather chimney damage from occurring.

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Because masonry materials are porous, the bricks and mortar joints of your chimney absorb a lot of water. As the temperatures start to drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, any moisture that is absorbed in those masonry materials will freeze and expand within the bricks and mortar joints. The real damage occurs when the weather warms up. The force of the water thawing out can cause the masonry materials to crack, break apart, and even become loose from the chimney structure. After a long, cold winter with multiple freeze/thaw cycles, there can be quite a bit of masonry damage.

How can All Seasons Chimney help me with cold weather chimney damage?

You can trust our CSIA-certified chimney technicians, who are trained and experienced in repairing chimney masonry. They can take care of any professional repair needs you may have. We use masonry techniques like tuckpointing to remove the damaged bricks and mortar joints and replace them with matching masonry materials. Our chimney professionals can also help you avoid these chimney problems by making sure your chimney is protected from water penetration. We provide professional chimney cap sales and installation services, and we can construct and repair a flashing system that keeps water from leaking where the chimney meets the roof. We recommend our professional chimney waterproofing services to give your chimney the ultimate protection against water penetration damage.

Keep your chimney safe this winter from cold weather damage that could jeopardize the soundness of its structure. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney today to schedule an appointment for our professional chimney waterproofing services.