Who doesn’t love animals? Whether it’s monkeys, bears, or tigers or watching squirrels and bunnies in your yard, animals bring joy to our lives. Pet owners, especially know that coming home to a pet is exciting and brings you a feeling that just can’t be beat. However, your home is not the place for every type of animal. Unfortunately, sometimes birds, squirrels, or even raccoons can make their way into your chimney. This can cause all kinds of problems in your home. At Black Velvet Chimney, we are here to help you keep animals out of your chimney for good.

Raising a Family

raccoonOne reason that critters are drawn to your chimney is because they are looking for a safe place to raise their family. Your chimney is warm and dry, out of the way from wind and rain. It is also safe and far away from predators. However, baby birds make lots of noise. This can be annoying, especially when you’re trying to relax in your home. Another problem with animals in your chimney is the odor they cause. Animals tend to leave droppings or debris behind, which can cause a nasty smell in your chimney.

How to Keep Animals Out

There are a couple of ways to keep animals from getting inside your chimney. One way is to remember to use your dampers correctly. Remember to keep your dampers closed when your fireplace is not in use. Dampers keep animals and birds out of the fireplace. Another great way to keep animals out of your chimney is by making sure you have a chimney cap in place. A chimney cap sits at the very top of the chimney, above the chimney crown. The chimney crown is the cement piece that is built onto the chimney, with the purpose of directing precipitation away from the chimney.

The chimney cap sits on top of the chimney crown. It has a solid “roof” which is slanted, which directs precipitation towards the slanted sides of the chimney crown. The walls of the chimney cap are grated, which allows smoke to leave your home while keeping debris out. It also keeps birds, squirrels, and raccoons out as well! Give Black Velvet Chimney a call now, before birds or animals get inside your chimney!