Are you hearing the scuttle of tiny feet in your chimney? Don’t wait until unpleasant odors begin to appear from your chimney is the animal is stuck. If you suspect that birds, squirrels, raccoons, or other wild animals are in your chimney, call Ashbusters. We have provided superior professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to the Nashville area for over 30 years. We know exactly what to do when an animal is stuck inside your chimney. Learn more about what to avoid in these situations below.
Attempt to Remove the Animal Yourself
Some people believe that they can take care of removing a wild animal that is stuck inside their chimney on their own. This is a highly risky and very dangerous task for amateurs. Not only do you have the chance of falling off of your roof, but there is also a risk of becoming injured by the animal. Animal bites can expose you to rabies or other transmittable diseases. A trained professional knows how to quickly locate and trap the animal. If you contact a professional, you will not have to worry about these dangers.
Light a Fire in the Fireplace
A common misperception is that you can light a fire in your fireplace to smoke out the animal. However, according to the Wildlife Hotline, this will only result in burning or killing the animal. You could also risk being fined for killing a protected species, such as chimney swifts. It is also possible the animal will move into your home instead of out the open flue.
Leave your Chimney Uncapped
The best way to prevent another wild animal invasion of your chimney is to have a new chimney cap installed. Without a cap, your roof has an open hole that allows wild animals to easily enter your home. Ashbusters carries a wide variety of chimney caps that are made from different materials, including copper and stainless steel, and our experienced and trained professional chimney technicians will take precise measurements of your chimney opening to make sure you have selected a cap that will properly protect your home. We can customize your cap as well. After we have carefully installed your chimney cap, your home will be safe from wild animal invasions as well as water penetration.
If you have heard the sounds of a wild animal inside your chimney, it is important to ask for professional help. We can help with the removal for your safety and health. Contact us today at Ashbusters to schedule an appointment with our certified and trained professional chimney technicians.