02 Jan Santa’s Not the Only One to Come Down Your Chimney!
During the cold months of winter, your fireplace becomes a warm and cozy haven for your family. Many frosty nights are sure to be spent warming up by the fire in the comfort of your home. But did you know that a warm chimney attracts more than the people in the house below?
In the bitter cold winter months, warm chimneys can attract small animals like birds, squirrels and raccoons. These animals may be looking for a warm and snug place to wait out the cold and stormy weather of winter.
Unfortunately, this can mean trouble (and even danger) for a homeowner. If the flue is open, animals may venture down the chimney into your home or an animal’s nest may block toxic fumes from exiting the chimney and end up in the house. Creosite and soot may build up leaving a messy, black residue on walls and furniture and this lack of ventilation can actually be dangerous. Carbon monoxide, a product of combustion, can cause death when inhaled in high enough concentrations.
So how do you ensure that animals will not enter your chimney or your home? The easiest way to prevent animals from entering your home through the chimney is to keep the flue to the fireplace closed any time that you are not lighting a fire. The other smart move is installing a chimney cap. A simple metal chimney cap with mesh siding can prevent animals from entering your chimney. In addition to preventing animals from entering the chimney, a chimney cap can also keep the moisture out, and protect the roof from burning embers which can start a house fire.
If you do not have chimney cap and an animal has made it into your chimney but hopefully not into your home – what can you do? You should not attempt to remove the animal yourself. The ASPCA recommends that you hire an experienced professional to have the animal humanely removed from your chimney. The experienced staff at Pro-Tech Chimney Sweeps can safely remove any unwanted animals or critters from your chimney. They can also remove any nest or animal debris and install a chimney cap to prevent any animals from entering your chimney in the future.
You should also have your chimney inspected and properly serviced at least once a year.
During the inspection, any unwanted animals or nests that are found can be safely removed and your chimney can be properly cleaned to ensure that it functions safely and effectively. Pro-Tech Chimney Sweeps offer complete chimney cleaning services that include high powered vacuuming of your entire system, removing hazardous or combustible creosote, eliminating any accumulation of soot from coal and oil systems and thorough fire prevention inspections and maintenance services.
This winter install a chimney cap and have your chimney inspected, so the only thing coming down your chimney will be Santa Claus! If you have an animal stuck in your chimney, you need a chimney cap installed or you want to schedule an annual chimney inspection, call the chimney experts at Pro-Tech Chimney Sweeps at 631-806-8550 or 516-284-1295.