Wild animals invading chimneys is becoming more and more common because of the amount of trees being cut down for construction and development purposes. Birds, squirrels, and raccoons often mistake chimneys for hollow trees, especially when these critters have a hard time finding a nesting spot in a tree. Our staff at Ashbusters get frequent calls from our customers asking for help in removing wild animals from their chimneys, and while we can offer assistance with this issue, we also recommend our professional chimney cap installation services to prevent these animals from invading chimneys in the future. We would like to tell you more about the best way of keeping animals and birds out of your chimney.
How does a chimney cap keep animals out of my chimney?
To best protect your chimney from wild animal intrusions, you need a good quality chimney cap that is equipped with mesh metal sides. These sides are essential to keep animals out of your chimney. If your chimney is uncapped or if your existing cap is damaged or does not have mesh metal sides, Ashbusters can help you find the best cap for your chimney. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney technicians can professionally install your chimney cap to ensure it fits properly to provide the ultimate protection against birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals entering your chimney.
Not only do chimney caps prevent animals and birds from invading your chimney, but they also keep water from rain and melted snow from getting into your chimney. The CSIA even recommends chimney caps as the least expensive preventive measure against water penetration of chimneys. Without a chimney cap professionally installed on top of your chimney, you have an open hole on your roof that easily allows water, birds, and animals to get into your home.
Chimney caps provide other benefits as well. The mesh metal sides that keep animals out also prevent hot sparks and embers from jumping out of your chimney. This reduces your risk of a hot spark or ember igniting a fire on your roof or in your yard. If you are experiencing chimney draft problems, you can correct these issues with a chimney cap that is equipped with vents to direct the wind flow into your chimney. Ashbusters offers a wide variety of chimney caps with these features, and we can help you find the perfect cap to keep your chimney operating safely and efficiently.
Keep animals and birds out of your chimney with a new chimney cap. Contact us at Ashbusters to learn more about the chimney cap options we can provide to you.