With warmer weather fastly approaching us, we have begun preparing our technicians for animal related problems. When we hear that an animal has entered a chimney, our first thought is to look at the chimney cap. However, this is not always the entry point for the animal, it is our first stop. Other places we look at are the brickwork, the flashing and caulking.
We recently received a call from a customer who had us out for an inspection because she has getting bats in her chimney. After some examination of the chimney, we recommended that she have her standard chimney cap replaced wtih a stainless steel damper cap. A damper cap is a two in one option. It will serve as the chimeny cap as well as the the damper. A damper cap provides an air-tight seal at the the top of the chimney, not allowing anything (animlas, rain, etc) to get in. Once the customer had that damper cap installed she no longer had the issues with bats.
There are a few things to keep in mind when an animal gets into your chimney. First when an animal enters and moves about your chimney there is a possibility that it may have done some damage within your chimney flue. In order to be sure, our technicians will send a camera unit into your fireplace. With this camera unit our technician are able to get an in depth view of the inter of the chimney. If the animal has done any damage our technician will be able to see it and will take some photos so that they can show you as well. Another thing to keep in mind is that many animals nest. If an animal begins to think of your chimney as home, they will bring materials such as sticks, twigs, leaves, etc. in to nest. All of these materials are very flammable and cause a safety hazard to your home if the fireplace is used. Our technicians will provide you with a report with photos as well as recommendation for repair if the animal has caused any damage or left any nesting material in your chimney.