|A professional can also recommend and install a chimney cap, which is not only effective in directing rain, snow, and ice away from the flue, but also protects the roof from burning embers and prevents animals from nesting inside and creating additional problems.
Blocking their entrance saves you from the irritating sounds and smells of sharing your home with outdoor critters, but is more important in preventing the dangers they may bring with them. During colder months, raccoons, squirrels and birds will be attracted to the warmth radiating from around the chimney as they move from roof to roof, and be more likely to make themselves at home. When animals nest and collect inside the flue, they block the exit for smoke and harmful gases, which then backup and are forced into your home, creating smoke and soot damage, in addition to the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.
You’ll have a whole new set of problems on your hands, should an animal become trapped in the chimney. Even less pleasant, a decomposing animal will almost certainly attract flies and maggots, in addition to filling your home with a rancid odor, which may in fact be what clues you in to the problem! Don’t chance removing an animal yourself, alive or otherwise. Allow Clean Sweep to take care of the situation for you and save you from a major headache.
Avoid these types of problems ahead of time by calling us to install a cap onto your chimney. This will protect from unwanted visitors and from the elements. Give Clean Sweep a call for more professional advice for chimney upkeep.