If you don’t protect your chimney, you allow animals and other pests to find their way inside your flue and your home.
If you want to avoid the hassle of trying to remove animals from your chimney, you need to take precautions in advance to prevent pests from entering the flue in the first place. Keep your home safe with the following suggestions.
Annual chimney sweeping
No matter how clean your fireplace, you should have your chimney inspected and swept every year. Ignoring this responsibility can lead to avoidable damage. Also, if you see a constant problem with animals entering your chimney, a technician could easily spot anything that might attract them inside.
Placing a cap or screen
The easiest and fastest way to protect your chimney from animals and pests is to place a cap or screen at the mouth of the structure. These fixtures are usually made from steel or mesh wiring which effectively keeps unwanted neighbors away. However, the hat or screen you place must allow the fireplace to function fully by releasing smoke through the opening. Placing a ceiling incorrectly could cause an even bigger problem for your home.
Install a damper
Another option to consider is to install a damper inside the fireplace. Although this will not prevent pests from entering through the chimney opening, it will prevent them from entering the fireplace. These bumpers do more than just keep animals out; they also ensure that no cold drafts enter the house, which could increase your heating costs.
If you don’t have a chimney cap or damper, consider purchasing one soon, otherwise you risk animals and other elements entering the chimney flue and potentially destroying the structure. Take extra precautions to avoid repair costs and protect your home.