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Chimney Cap Installation For Wildlife Prevention

Installing chimney caps is a crucial step in wildlife prevention for homeowners. Chimney caps act as barriers, effectively blocking entry points for various animals such as birds, squirrels, raccoons, and even bats. These caps are specifically designed to cover the opening of the chimney, preventing animals from accessing the interior of the home. Without a chimney cap, animals may enter the chimney and potentially find their way into the home, leading to costly damage and potential health hazards. By installing chimney caps, homeowners can proactively safeguard their homes against wildlife intrusions, ensuring peace of mind and protecting their property from unwanted visitors.

While the chimney cap featured in the picture may differ from most, it serves a specific purpose for gas furnaces with chimney linings running through the chimney stack. Without the proper chimney cap, the areas around the lining remain vulnerable to intrusion by bats and other critters. Simply capping the chimney without installing a one-way door could potentially trap bats inside. Removing bats once they're trapped is necessary, but proper chimney capping prevents them from entering in the first place. However, chimney caps alone may not suffice to keep bats out, as most standard cap sizes are not small enough to deter them. While effective against raccoons, birds, and squirrels, additional measures are required to prevent bat entry. Installing 1/2" hardware cloth underneath the cap can help keep bats out, but it's crucial not to install hardware cloth without a cap, as it may obstruct ventilation or accumulate debris like leaves or snow.

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Bats in the Chimney

If you have bats in the chimney chances are you have some chimney damage or you are missing a chimney cap. Bats typically enter your chimney through loose mortar joints or tuck points. A common point of entry for getting a bat in the house is through the fireplace. If you have bats in the fireplace or chimney check out our how to get rid of bats website.

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Birds in the Chimney

If you have birds in the chimney this means you are missing a chimney cap. The most common type of bird in the chimney is a chimney swift. This is a protected bird, living in your chimney. Although we have found several types of birds in the chimney. We have removed starlings, ducks, and owls from chimneys in the past.

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Raccoon in the Chimney

Raccoons in the chimney are a common problem during birthing season. Raccoons will create a nursery right about the damper in the fireplace. You will often hear baby raccoons which may even sound like birds chirping. We use a simple tool to remove the raccoons from your chimney. This process usually takes about 45 minutes. Once the mother raccoon and babies are out we will install a chimney cap for you.

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Squirrels in the Chimney

A lot of times squirrels end up in your chimney by accident. They find an opening atop your chimney and become curious or simply fall in. Once squirrels have fallen in your chimney they get stuck. On rare occasions, we do find a nest of squirrels in the chimney. Once in Birmingham, MI we removed a large nest of baby squirrels.

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Chimney caps for wildlife prevention

Chimney Capping Will Save More Than The Life of Your Chimney

Animals often get trapped inside your chimney or fireplace. Ducks, owls, squirrels, hawks, and baby raccoons often fall through the top of your chimney because there is no cap. This animal can not get out like bats, chimney swifts, and adult raccoons. A dead animal is a very hard animal to get rid of. Some dead animals fall to your fireplace or into your clean-out, but sometimes they get caught on a ledge inside of your chimney. Sometimes chimney sweeping the flue can get rid of the dead critter, but this isn't always the case. Most times the animal will just decay in your chimney causing an awful odor. So don't wait until there is a dead animal, get the chimney capped to prevent the wildlife from entering.

What if My Chimney is Already Capped?

If your chimney already has a cap on it then you are on the right start. If you're having a problem with nuisance wildlife, then it's still a good idea to have it inspected during your initial home inspection. We can check to make sure the cap is properly installed, is not broken, and there are no potential entry points around it. Sometimes homeowners with bat problems will get bats in the chimney or fireplace even when the chimney is capped. Proper sealing or screening can prevent the bats from entering the chimney. The image to the right shows how we had to screen around one of the openings on the chimney cap to keep the bats out. The top of the chimney cap is fine, but around the middle of the chimney cap, there was an opening where the bats were slipping through. We took some 1/2" hardware cloth and sealed it with some windows and siding silicone.

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Chimney Swifts Are a Real Nuisance

So we've talked about squirrels, raccoons, and bats living in the chimney and fireplace now we have to talk about chimney swifts. Loud screeching noises come bellowing through your home from the fireplace. This is most likely chimney swifts. Chimney swifts are a type of black bird that lives in Michigan. There really isn't a lot you can do right away to get rid of a nest of chimney swifts. Most chimney swifts make their nest somewhere in the middle of the chimney making it impossible to get to without damaging the nest and killing the birds. We typically wait for the young to be raised and then return to the home to clean out the chimney and cap it. If the birds are adults and still live in your chimney we can install a one-way door on your Chimney stack to get rid of them. Then once the birds are out we can install the proper cap to keep them from returning.

Momma Raccoon and Baby Raccon Season

Discovering raccoons with babies in your fireplace can be concerning and requires careful handling to ensure the safety of both the animals and your property. Raccoons often seek out sheltered areas like chimneys or fireplaces to nest and raise their young, especially during the spring and summer months. Attempting to remove raccoons and their babies on your own can be risky and may result in injury to both humans and animals. It's essential to contact wildlife removal professionals who have the experience and knowledge to safely and humanely remove raccoons and their babies from your fireplace. They can also provide guidance on preventing future intrusions by installing appropriate barriers or deterrents. Taking swift action with the help of experts is crucial to ensure the well-being of everyone involved.

Chimney Sweeping and Cleaning

If you have a problem with wildlife in your chimney or fireplace you will probably want your chimney flue cleaned and sanitized. We carry chimney sweeping rods on all of our trucks to help get rid of wildlife and clean them out. We can run a sweeping rod up and down the flue of your chimney to clean out all the unwanted waste and materials. After all of the urine and feces are out of the chimney we will vacuum them up with a hepa filtered shop vacuum. We can spray a disinfectant in the chimney to kill off any odors or foreign bacteria and fungi.

Proper Installation of Chimney Caps

Choosing the right size is the first thing to do. Standard flu sizes come in 9x9, 13x9, and 13x13. Most chimney caps will come in galvanized metal and stainless steel metal. We recommend installing a stainless steel cap to prevent rusting. Galvanized caps will work fine though. With birds, raccoons, and squirrels just installing the cap will work fine. With bats it is recommended to install a 1/2" hardware cloth underneath the cap to keep the bats out. Do not use anything smaller than a 1/2" hardware cloth, because it can get filled with soot and build up ice during the winter. This will cause house fires and gases back up into the home. Double-flue chimneys may require a special type of chimney cap. These are not always carried on our trucks and may need to be specially ordered.

How Much Do Chimney Caps Cost?

Well, this really depends on the type of chimney cap and how high we go up to install it. Most chimney caps can range anywhere from $125-$250 to install. If there are other services such as animal removal or chimney sweeping then additional estimates will be given. For more information on chimney cap pricing and other chimney services click on the free online quote button.

We service over 14 counties in Michigan for chimney cap jobs. See our service area to see if we are in your area. Looking for a professional wildlife control expert specializing in the chimney cap process, but not sure who to hire? Click here for information on hiring a wildlife control expert.

If you have bats in the chimney, raccoons in the fireplace, or birds in the chimney and you live in Michigan we service you. Common areas we serve throughout our service area are: Bay City, Dewitt, Eagle, Elsie, Fowler, Maple Rapids, Ovid, St. Johns, Westphalia, Bellevue, Charlotte, Dimondale, Eaton Rapids, Grand Ledge, Mulliken, Olivet, Potterville, Sunfield, Vermontville, Waverly, Burton, Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Goodrich, Grand Blanc, Linden, Montrose, Mount Morris, Otisville, Swartz Creek, Dansville, East Lansing, Lansing, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Stockbridge, Webberville, Williamston, Jackson, Grass Lake, Almont, Attica, Clifford,Columbiaville, Dryden, Imlay City, Lapeer, Metamora, North Branch, Otter Lake, Argentine, Brighton, Fowlerville, Hartland, Howell, Pinckney, Whitmore Lake, Armada, Center Line, Chesterfield, Clinton, Eastpointe, Memphis, Mount Clemons, New Baltimore, New Haven, Romeo, Saint Claire Shores, Shelby, Sterling Heights, Utica, Warren, Midland, Carleton, Dundee, Estral Beach, Luna Pier, Maybee, Monroe, Petersburg, South Rockwood, Auburn Hills, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Clawson, Commerce Twp., Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Franklin, Holly, Lake Orion, Madison Heights, Milford, Novi, Oak Park, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, South Lyon, Southfield, Troy, Walled lake, Wixom, West Bloomfield, Wolverine Lake, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Merrill, Oakley, Saginaw, St. Charles, Zilwaukee, Bancroft, Byron, Corunna, Durand, Lainsburg, Lennon, Morrice, New Lothrop, Owosso, Perry, Vernon, Akron, Caro, Cass City, Fairgrove, Gagetown, Kingston, Millingston, Reese, Unionville, Vassar, Ann Arbor, Barton Hills, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti, Canton, Livonia, Northville, Plymouth, Wayne, Westland. For more areas we service visit our locations page.

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