Animal Removal from a chimney is an important, and not-so-fun task to do on your own – here’s whet you need to know about animal removal and how Midtown Chimney Sweeps can prevent further chimney intrusion from raccoons, birds and even coyotes!
How animals get in your chimney -and how Midtown gets them out
One of the most common reasons animals get into your chimney (and sometimes your living room) is due to not having a chimney cap or being unaware that your chimney cap is damaged or improperly installed. The best way to make sure those cute, but oh-so-pesky critters, don’t take up residence in your chimney is by having a properly-fitted chimney cap. Midtown Chimney Sweeps performs this service in addition to sweeping your chimney after the animal has been removed. Animals tend to leave behind nesting debris as well as biological waste that can be harmful to you and your family, as well as a fire-hazard if not removed efficiently.
Removing dead animals is usually a straight forward process. For live animals, (depending on the the type of animal and the situation) we use a potent, non-toxic humane solution to ward off the animal when they won’t budge on their own – even after being startled by the technician. (Sometimes this method requires a return visit) We also employ a method to get smaller animals, like chipmunks, to leave on their own if they are unable to climb the walls of the chimney by themselves
Midtown Chimney Sweeps offers animal removal as a stand-alone service or as an add-on to getting your chimney swept – make sure to listen carefully and take a peek up your chimney to see if it’s been hosting any un-invited guests.!
Chimney Inspected for Animals
At Midtown Chimney Sweeps we wish to help your home be safe from invaders and pests. Keep a chimney cap with an appropriately sized spark arrestor installed on it. The size of the spark arrestor openings depends on the state you are in and the fire risk zone within that state. All mammals will be prevented from entering your chimney if you use any appropriately sized spark arrestor. However, wasps and bees may still enter through a standard spark arrestor. Therefore Midtown Chimney Sweeps provides top seal dampers for protecting your chimney from small insect invaders.
After Removing a live Animal from the Chimney
The most common animals removed from chimneys are squirrels and raccoons, both of which like heights and climbing. After removing the animal from your chimney, your Midtown Chimney Sweeps Certified Chimney Professional will recommend an appropriately sized chimney cap to prevent the scenario from recurring. Please ask your local technician about pricing for chimney caps installed, and also about the top seal damper option!
Midtown Chimney Sweeps Technicians do not remove live animals with traps or gloves, etc for safety reasons. If you have an emergency need to remove a live animal from your chimney, please contact a live animal removal specialist, or visit here for more information.