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. While 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.

raccoon
Raccoons can get stuck in chimneys
Bat Hanging on Side of Brick Chimney

Bat Hanging on Side of Brick Chimney

We recently received a call from a customer who had us out for an inspection because she was getting bats in her chimney. After some examination of the chimney, we recommended that she have her standard chimney cap replaced with a stainless steel damper cap.

A damper cap is a two-in-one option. It will serve as the chimney cap as well as the damper. A damper cap provides an air-tight seal at the top of the chimney, not allowing anything (animals, rain, etc) to get in.

Once the customer had that damper cap installed she no longer had the issues with bats.

This is the style of damper cap that we install. In this picture the damper is about half way open.

This is the style of damper cap that we install. In this picture, the damper is about halfway open.

Things to keep in mind when animals get in your chimney

Raccoons Stuck in Chimney

Raccoons Stuck in 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 is able to get an in-depth view of the inside 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.

A bird nest inside a chimney is flammable and can start a house fire!

A bird nest inside a chimney is flammable and can start a house fire!