Squirrels, along with any critter that can get inside your smokestack can cause real damage and potentially drop combustible material straight down the chamber.
If you discover squirrels in your chimney, you should try to remove that squirrel as soon as possible!
Keep reading to learn how:
Make Some Noise
First, if you have a chimney screen, make sure that it covers the entrance. In case you don’t, drape a sheet over the mouth of the fireplace or cover it with a sheet of heavy cardboard.
Remain close to the chimney and bang on pots and pans or generally make a commotion to urge the squirrel to leave through the top.
In case your squirrel is in the chimney pipe, keep your damper shut! This will keep your squirrel in the smoke chamber or flue and force them upward.
Have One Escape Route
Ensure that your squirrel can escape the smokestack. There’s a chance the way might be blocked, so you or a wildlife removal professional may need to go up and make sure that a rooftop exit for your chimney is still available to the squirrel.
If you are willing to go up there, try dangling a rope down the chimney so that your squirrel has a way to climb out.
Trap your squirrel
We can set live traps and help safely evict the squirrel from your chimney without a headache.
Cap The Chimney
When your squirrel friend has finally been removed, you may want to make sure that something like this won’t happen again. It is a good idea to install a chimney cap or cover.
These will help keep rain out of your chimney, but also stop a Squirrel or any other kind of critter from taking up residence in your fireplace again.
You’ll want to make sure that the chimney cap you chose properly fits your house. AAAC Wildlife Removal has a lot of experience placing and fitting chimney caps for this exact purpose. Give us a call!