As more and more trees are getting cut down for construction and development purposes, birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals are having to nest inside chimneys or other manmade structures. Not only do these creatures bring loud noises and possible diseases into your home, but they can also lead to hazardous situations, even after they leave your chimney. While you can have a wildlife removal service safely take most wild animals out of your chimney, there are some species of birds, including chimney swifts, who have to stay in your chimney once they have nested because they are protected by federal law under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. If the thought of birds and other wild animals living inside your chimney makes you uncomfortable, Owens Chimney Systems can help you keep them from ever getting into the chimney. We would like to tell you more about the dangers of birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other critters nesting inside your chimney and how we can protect your home by keeping them out.
What sort of hazards do these creatures cause by nesting in my chimney?
According to the Home Guides at SF Gate, wild animals can become trapped inside your chimney, which can lead to their droppings falling into your fireplace and, in a worst-case scenario, die. If a bird, squirrel, or raccoon dies inside your chimney, you could have both a parasite and an odor problem. Another issue these critters can cause has to do with the nesting materials they leave behind once they depart your chimney. The straw, leaves, sticks, and other debris they use to make nests can be a fire hazard because these materials are very flammable. Your chimney can also become blocked by their nests, and this can cause toxic gases like carbon monoxide to be forced back into your home. If you do hear a bird or an animal inside your chimney, contact us at Owens Chimney System to get our help on reducing your risk for these hazards.
How can Owens Chimney Systems help me keep birds and animals out of my chimney?
We are proud to sell and install a wide variety of good-quality chimney caps with mesh metal sides that will prevent any bird, squirrel, raccoon, or other wild animal from being able to get into your chimney to nest. Whether you want a chimney cap made from stainless steel, copper, or clay, we can help you find the perfect cap for your chimney and then professionally install it at the chimney’s top to be sure it properly protects your chimney. One of our chimney caps will also keep water from rain and melted snow out of the chimney as well as stopping hot sparks and embers from jumping out of the top of the chimney to possibly ignite a fire on your roof or in your yard.
Keep your chimney safe from birds, squirrels, and raccoons. Contact us at Owens Chimney Systems to talk to us about your chimney cap options today.