What’s Stuck in the Chimney?
It’s been almost a year since you last used your chimney. But that doesn’t mean someone else hasn’t been making “good” use of it. Uh-oh…What’s stuck in the chimney?! There are a number of different wildlife species that consider a dormant chimney – maybe your dormant chimney – a very attractive new home. Raccoons, opossum, squirrels, bats, snakes, and birds such as the aptly named Chimney Swift (pictured above) are some of the most commonly found culprits to commandeer your chimney. But what’s the best way to reclaim your chimney?
Dangers of wildlife in your chimney
Well, if “uh-oh…” was your first response, you’re on the right track. It’s not hard to imagine the dangers to your family’s health and home that are associated with wildlife nesting in your chimney. The first and most obvious fact is that a blocked chimney is a non-functioning chimney. Next, as unsavory as the thought of your chimney interior being turned into a creature crib may be, it’s nothing compared to the possibility of them finding their way into the interior of your home. Trust us, it happens! After that, it’s important to consider the various types of illness and disease that are carried by different species of birds, animals, and reptiles, as well as that generated by the presence of their waste. Additionally, those using their chimney lair as a nursery may attract larger, more dangerous predators to steal eggs or newborn offspring.
Probably the largest danger involved with wildlife nesting in your chimney is the risk involved with d-i-y extraction. An experienced chimney sweep professional knows the right techniques to safely remove each species from your chimney, and ensure that they do not come back. They also know how to do all remediation necessary to remove the risk of contamination, as well as any necessary repairs.
Contact Chimney Quest
Contact Chimney Quest today to have our skilled chimney technicians provide Nashville chimney cleaning and inspection. If you need chimney repair or upgrades, we can help with that also. To schedule your appointment, call Chimney Quest at 615-292-7411. Here’s to another safe and fulfilling fireplace season!
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