After a long summer, you don’t know what might be in your chimney–especially if you didn’t take measures to close it to wildlife! You may not be certain if you have an animal intruder or not, but there are a few ways to tell. Some signs that you might have an animal in your flue are:
- Chirping, scratching, or barking noises
- Droppings in the bottom of the chimney or fireplace
- Debris such as feathers and fur
- Foul odors of decomposition
Catching the Culprit
If you find evidence that an animal has been in your chimney system, it may not be there presently. Even if the animal escaped, however, you still need to call your chimney sweep. Animals leave behind nesting materials, fur, and feathers that are flammable and may obstruct airflow. As these organic materials begin to decompose, they can also become stinky. A chimney sweep can clean all of this debris away in a simple chimney sweep. If the animal is still in the flue, however, whether alive or dead, Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service can remove it.
Wildlife Removal Services
Because we have such a wide variety of wild animals here is North Carolina, our technicians are trained in humane animal removal. At Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service, we know chimneys. We know where animals can best hide, where they might have died if they become stuck or suffocated, and how best to gain access. Our wildlife removal services start with a free consultation to offer expert advice, and then a removal plan.
If you need wild animals removed from your home, Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service is here to help, as well as plan for next year. If you are diligent to prevent animal intrusion, you can likely avoid the nuisance and damages they can cause. There is a certain breed of bird, the chimney swift, that nests inside chimneys across North America every spring. This bird is federally protected, so it cannot be removed or killed. That means, you cannot light a fire while it nests in your flue, and even a professional cannot remove it. This can be quite a nuisance. It can mean waiting longer than you’d like to sweep and inspect your chimney, and these birds can be loud. Other animals, small critters that might come into the chimney, and then leave on their own accord–these guys use claws to climb out of the flue, leaving scratches in the flue liner. Scratches become weak spots, which deteriorates faster, collects more creosote and soot, and can result in a hole in the liner.
A simple cap installation can keep animals out of your chimney, and Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service has the best caps for you. If you’re concerned that an animal has been bunking in your chimney, call us today or request an appointment online now.