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Spring has finally sprung here in the Chicagoland and with it we will start to see green grass, tiny leaves poking out past winter-hardened branches and soon there will be lots of baby animals. Sounds like a dream after the particularly harsh winter we had this year. But it may not be all that dream-like if those baby animals end up in your chimney.
Racoons, birds, squirrels and other animals are known to nest in chimneys. It offers a quiet, somewhat warm, solid shelter for animals to have their young in. A nesting animal can use your chimney for up to a few months. That still may not seem too bad until someone opens the fireplace damper and a sooty squirrel and her babies take off to different parts of your home leaving behind smudges of sooty squirrel prints everywhere they go.
Or perhaps it’s the birds that chirp, chirp, chirp away in your chimney at all hours of the day and night. Or the mother racoon that scratches around on the bricks as she makes her way in and out of the chimney. If you wait until this happens, you will have to hire an animal removal team to relocate the animals or put up with it until the animals leave on their own.
The best way to prevent animals from nesting in your chimney is to have a chimney cover installed. We would be happy to provide you with an estimate on a chimney cover. We can get covers to match any decor or style. They are available in an assortment of styles and finishes; black, stainless steel or copper. If you have a fireplace, the best solution would be an Energy Top Plus. This is a tight-sealing top damper that holds in heating and air conditioning. It is topped off with a stainless steel chimney cover with screen. All of these chimney covers will prevent animal entry as well as protect your chimney from the entry of rain, snow, debris and leaves while also acting as a spark arrestor. In the long run, a chimney cover will prove to be one of the best investments you have made in your home.
Posted by Karen Stickels Lamansky, author of Design Ideas for Fireplaces, published by Creative Homeowner Press.
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