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We Remove Animals From Your Chimney

close up of duck stuck inside chimneyIf you hear noises coming from your chimney, it could mean that you have an unwanted visitor. Because they’re high, dry, warm, and tucked away from the elements and predators, many animals prefer to make their homes in our chimneys. Unfortunately, many of these critters then end up trapped in there, causing obstructions in your flue 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. To prevent raccoons from coming and going, we recommend installing a stainless steel screen and rain cover or chimney cap. Remember… 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 – reach out to us today.

close up of raccoon down in chimneyAnything else? You bet. Other animals, like wood ducks, birds, squirrels, opossums, and even bats will also oftentimes enter a chimney. Making sure your chimney is well protected against animal entry will save you a lot of headaches in the future. But no worries – installing chimney caps and screens will help with these guys too.

Note About Chimney Swifts

Chimney swifts are known for (and named for) their love of chimneys. These birds are federally protected, so 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, then we can come in and sweep your chimney and install a stainless steel screen and rain cover. If we do not install the stainless steel screen and cover, the chimney swifts will return to that same nest every year.

Ready to Work With Us?

At Jack Pixley Sweeps, each animal removal can be different depending on the home and the animal(s) to be removed. Because of this, some animal removals may be referred out at the technician’s discretion (after which, we’d be happy to install a reliable cap). All that said, we’ll always do everything we can to ensure your chimney is protected and safe for use before the start of your burning season.

Do you have an animal problem in your chimney? Call Jack Pixley Sweeps, at 763-422-0481 or schedule your appointment online now before things escalate. We’re here for you.


Once you’ve had your chimney cleaned, take the next step and arrange for us to do a smoke test to identify dangerous leaks in your system.