Spring is finally here, and it’s so nice to have some milder and warmer weathers. However, spring is also a time that birds and animals start to build nests to raise their babies. When it’s time to do so, animals and birds tend to look for a safe place. They want a place where they are free from predators and the elements. A place they can be safe and warm. For some animals, they find your chimney to be the perfect place.

Signs of Birds or Animals in your Chimney

chimney swift in flightIf you haven’t used your chimney in a while, you should be cautious to check for critters inside before lighting a fire. Here are signs that critters have invaded your chimney. One of sign is noise. Have you heard chirping, squealing, or scritching noises in your living room coming from your fireplace? Chances are a nest is present or there are babies already living there. If this is the case, and if you can handle the noise for a little while, your best bet is to just let them go. The noises won’t last for more than two weeks. When the babies have left the nest, it’ll be easier to get the nest out and take preventative measures for the future.

If you can’t handle the noise, then it’s time to call in the professionals at Owens Chimney Systems. One thing to keep in mind, however, is the fact that many states have laws against disturbing birds or animals while they are in the nest. This means you’ll have to wait until the babies have moved out. If we’re able, we’ll either take care of the problem or help you find someone who can help you.

If you wait until the babies are out, it’s important to make sure that the nest is removed because it will dry out and could potentially cause a chimney fire. Other problems of having birds or animals in your chimney is the smell. They can bring in some nasty unwelcoming odors into your home.

Importance of a Chimney Cap

The best way to stop animals from getting into your chimney is to ensure you have a good chimney cap in place. Chimney caps are designed to keep rain out, but they also have grated sides to keep animals and birds out. If you’re looking to add a chimney cap or replace your damaged chimney cap, give Owens Chimney Systems a call today. We’ll help you pick out the perfect cap for your home and install it for you as well!