If you ever hear scratching, squeaking, or chirping around your fireplace, you may have an animal stuck in your chimney! This is potentially dangerous for you and for the animal if not dealt with quickly. Animals may have nests in your chimney that can quickly alight and cause a fire in your flue. For this reason, and the safety of the animal, they must be removed as quickly and humanely as possible. At Black Goose we use care and precision when we are removing animals from your chimney. However, there are some things you can do to prevent critters from climbing into your chimney.
The best way of keeping pests out of your chimney is as easy as installing a chimney cap. This cover for the top of your chimney is often the first line defense against raccoons, squirrels, and birds. It is also useful in keeping debris out of your flue in fall and spring. We offer copper, stainless steel, and galvanized chimney caps in large variety of standard and custom sizes. Copper and stainless steel chimney caps typically come with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.
You can also perform regular inspections on your chimney during warmer months as well. Knowing the overall state of your chimney, from the structural integrity to the possibility of furry occupants, will give you a better idea of what kind of maintenance your chimney is in need of, and whether or not you can fire up your hearth this winter. Black Goose Chimney lead technicians are Nationally Certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). We perform our sweeps to the standards and guidelines outlined in the Successful Chimney Sweeping Manual published by the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG). We take pride in being conscientious of your home and property by protecting it from soot or any other residue while we are performing a sweep on your fireplace and chimney system. Black Goose Chimney offers two levels of inspection in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards of inspections. A level I inspection is a limited visual inspection using a light. The level II inspection is a more thorough inspection using a closed circuit camera.
If you ever need any assistance in chimney inspection, sweeping, animal removal, repair, or otherwise you know you can call Black Goose Chimney.