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Winter Animal Removal From Chimneys

Winter Animal Removal - Memphis TN - Coopertown ServicesDuring the cold months of winter, most people forgo spending time in the frigid outdoors, instead seeking shelter in their warm homes. Unfortunately, animals are the same way. As the temperatures drop, birds and small mammals are more prone to seek out chimneys as sources of warmth and shelter.

Unfortunately, many of these animals are unable to find their way out after they’ve found their way in. Likewise, some animals may carry disease, meaning they should be safely and humanely removed as soon as possible. Because of this, it is best to work with a licensed company who can not only remove the animals, but can also repair any damage they’ve caused and prevent them from coming back.

How do animals get in?

There are dozens of different ways that animals are able to get into chimneys, attics, crawlspaces, and homes. The most common way wildlife gets in is through uncapped chimneys. Homes with existing yet damaged chimney caps may even have small birds or mammals squeeze in through any cracks or gaps. Most animals find themselves trapped once they’ve gotten into the chimney structure – only raccoons are able to climb the slick walls of a chimney, allowing them to come and go with ease.

How can I get animals out?

If animals have found their way into an attic, chimney, or other area of a home, it is recommended to work with a certified wildlife rescue company to safely remove the animals. Coopertown Services is licensed by both the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the National Wildlife Control Operators Association and are trained to deal with a wide variety of wildlife nuisance situations.

Homeowners should never attempt to “smoke out” any animals that are trapped in their chimneys. Rather than pushing animals out, the fumes and smoke from a fire are disorienting and deadly. Errant sparks can ignite any nesting materials present in the chimney, leading to chimney fire. Likewise, as many wild animals carry disease, homeowners should never attempt to trap, transport, or remove trapped animals themselves.

The Coopertown Services difference

At Coopertown Services, we have over 35 years of experience when it comes to removing nuisance wildlife from chimneys, attics, and other spaces. We are highly qualified to not just safely and humanely remove any animals that have taken up residency in your chimney, but we are also able to keep them from coming back.

On average, our technicians take 10-12 hours to search and secure a home against wildlife. We use humane methods to remove the animals, and work with local wildlife authorities to keep mothers and babies together whenever possible. Once the animals have been removed, we seal gaps and holes with stainless steel mesh and screws – materials that cannot be gnawed through by returning wildlife. Finally, we are so confident in our ability to remove animals and prevent them from returning that we offer a one year money back warranty that can be renewed year after year.

If you think animals may have taken up residence in your chimney or have an ongoing animal problem, contact Coopertown Services today to safely, humanely, and permanently keep wildlife out of your chimney.

By Christina Robinson on December 17th, 2014 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

How to Deal with Animals in Fireplaces and Chimneys

Call Coopertown Services for safe and humane animal removal from your chimney or fireplace

Call Coopertown Services for safe and humane animal removal from your chimney or fireplace

It’s a sound no homeowner wants to hear – the tell-tale scratching or rustling that indicates an animal has gotten into a chimney. Living in an area surrounded by wildlife, raccoons, squirrels, birds, rats, and other animals can sometimes find their way into chimneys or attics when looking for a warm, protected place to hide or nest.

Unfortunately, animals that find their way in are often unable to get back out of the chimney again. Because of this, it is extremely important to call a licensed company who can not only safely and humanely remove the animals, but also repair damage and prevent them from getting into the chimney again.

How do animals get in?

The most common way for animals to get into a fireplace is through an uncapped chimney. Even caps that are damaged or broken can provide adequate space for small birds, rodents, or squirrels to squeeze through. Animals often mistake chimneys for hollow trees, causing them to attempt to nest inside.

Raccoons are often the only animals able to climb the slick walls of a chimney, and are therefore able to enter and exit at their own leisure. Other animals are not so lucky, and may become stuck inside the chimney structure. Trapped animals will sound more frantic [], scratching at the damper or flapping their wings repeatedly in an effort to get out. Denning or nesting animals may be heard only occasionally; however, homeowners may be able to hear the babies crying within the chimney. Likewise, if the damper is open, small animals or birds might fall into and become trapped in the fireplace itself.

How can I get animals out?

As many small mammals and birds can carry diseases, it is recommended not to attempt to remove them by hand. If animals have gotten into the fireplace, chimney, attic, or other areas of the home, the best course of action is to contact a certified wildlife rescue company to safely remove the animals. Coopertown Services is licensed by both the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the National Wildlife Control Operators Association to handle nuisance wildlife situations such as these.

Under no circumstances should a homeowner attempt to “smoke out” a trapped animal. The fumes, gasses, and smoke from a fire are toxic to most animals. In addition, a sparks could inadvertently ignite any nesting materials present in the chimney. Instead, homeowners should look for a company such as Coopertown Services that are able to safely remove animals without harming or killing them.

How can I prevent this from happening again?

While a properly maintained chimney cap can prevent animals from falling into or nesting in a chimney structure, there are dozens of other ways raccoons, squirrels, birds, or other wildlife can enter a home. Because of this, it is important to have the entire home evaluated if animals are found in the attic, basement, crawlspace, or other areas of the home.

Once the animals have been removed, technicians from Coopertown Services take an average of 10-12 hours to both search and secure a home against future wildlife. Rather than using materials that animals can chew or gnaw through, all gaps are sealed with stainless steel mesh and screws. In addition, Coopertown Services offers a one year warranty on all seals, as well as an option to extend the life of the existing warranty year after year.

With over 35 years of experience removing nuisance wildlife and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, Coopertown Services is highly qualified to not only humanely remove animals, but also ensure they are not able to return.

By Christina Robinson on September 17th, 2014 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

My Fireplace Stinks!

What IS that smell?

You’ve built your fire, but notice a really nasty smell coming from your fireplace. Is it normal? Is it something to be concerned about? Give us a call because more than likely – it’s your chimney and you need a cleaning and an inspection.

An animal could be stuck in your chimney, You could have an outbreak of mold. Call Coopertown today to schedule a visit by a certified chimney sweep.

An animal could be stuck in your chimney, You could have an outbreak of mold. Call Coopertown today to schedule a visit by a certified chimney sweep.

The development of odor signifies that something is accumulating in your chimney. There are different types of smells that are generated by the different causes. If your chimney gives of a musty odor, then the cause is most likely the water that’s sitting in your smoke chamber. If you smell a bad barbeque or asphalt scent coming from your chimney then that can be coming from some creosote build-up. But if you smell a rotting odor, then the culprit is none other than the gnarly mixture of leaves, damp soot and a rotting chimney, or even a decaying animal or animal waste.

Water, animals, birds and debris often find a way into your chimney, settling in your flue. Not only can this cause a terrible smell, it can also compromise the draft in your chimney. Why does this matter? If your draft is impeded, you will not get optimal heating from your fireplace. You may also risk a carbon monoxide leak inside your home — dangerous gases must be free to exit the home. Moisture can always cause mold to grow, which can exacerbate respiratory problems and allergies.
Remedies

If you smell something, you need to schedule your annual cleaning and inspection. The inspection can help determine what is causing the odor and remove it from your system. A cleaning can restore proper draft.

To prevent water, animals, debris and birds from getting into your chimney, you want to have a properly-sized chimney cap installed. We’d be happy to answer questions you may have about this simple and effective addition. There are also other steps we can take to waterproof your chimney.

Bottom line – if something makes your nose wrinkle, you should call a CSIA certified sweep before using your fireplace again. Ensuring your safety and upping the performance of your heating system are why we are here.