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We Also Provide Animal Prevention Services!close up of duck stuck inside chimney

If you hear noises coming from your chimney, it could mean that you have an unwanted visitor. Because they’re high and dry, warm, and tucked away from the elements and predators, many animals prefer to make their homes in our chimneys. Unfortunately, many animals end up trapped in the chimney, causing obstructions in your chimney and unpleasant odors in your home.

What Types Of Animals Prefer Chimneys & Why?

Raccoons are one animal that can and will enter your chimney if possible. They love the warmth that radiates from our homes and prefer the area above the damper, which makes for an especially great nesting place. It provides a dark area where they can sleep and stay warm during the day. To prevent raccoons from coming and going, we recommend installing a stainless steel screen and rain cover. If a raccoon feels safe in your chimney, it will make its home inside and will possibly even raise its babies there. Don’t wait until you have a family of raccoons stuck in your chimney – call us today!

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Other animals, like wood ducks and squirrels, will oftentimes enter a chimney without being able to get out. Making sure your chimney is well protected against animal entry will save you a lot of headaches in the future. Installing chimney caps and screens will help prevent animal entry. If you aren’t sure if your chimney is accessible to these furry critters, don’t wait any longer to find out.

Chimney Swifts are known for (and named for) their love of chimneys. These birds are federally protected, and by law, we are not permitted to remove these birds from your chimney. Once a chimney swift has set up residence, it must be left alone until it has had its babies and has left the nest. Once it leaves your chimney for the season, we can come in and sweep your chimney and install a stainless steel screen and raincover. If we do not install the stainless steel screen and raincover, the chimney swifts will return to that same nest every year.

At Jack Pixley Sweeps, each animal removal can be different depending on the home and the animal to be removed. Because of this, some animal removals may be referred out at the technician’s discretion.

Do you have an animal problem in your chimney? Call Jack Pixley Sweeps, at 763-422-0481 or click here to schedule your appointment online.


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