Squirrel removal in Denver, PA
Sunday evening, we received a call from customer with a squirrel trapped in their fireplace. The home was located in Denver, PA. The owners recently opened the damper to build a fire, but the damper cap remained open.
Upon our inspection, we found the damper cap was not functioning correctly. The squirrel had climbed down the chimney flue and was unable to climb back up.
While squirrels are excellent climbers, newer chimneys are lined with clay tile. Builders started using these around the 1940’s. Older chimneys constructed of brick or stone provided ideal traction for squirrels to come and go as they pleased. However, the clay tile flues are too smooth for climbing. When squirrels are unable to climb up, they venture down into the fireplace.
The Removal Process
We removed the squirrel from the fireplace, and successfully closed the faulty cap. On the contrary, we recommended the cap be replaced.
A week later, the customer encountered another squirrel in their fireplace! In attempt to use the fireplace, the faulty damper remained open. We removed the squirrel, and closed the damper.
This particular cap and damper system is a Lyemance damper. The cable inside the fireplace opens and closes the damper. Generally, builders use these on a chimney if a damper was never installed. Additionally, they are used if the damper above the fireplace is broken. After each use, Lyemance caps must be closed once the fire has been completely extinguished. When open, animals have access to enter the chimney and fireplace.
At Backyard Wildlife Solutions, we install all stainless steel standard and custom chimney caps to prevent any critters from entering. We also inspect and seal chimney crowns to protect your chimney against water damage.
Backyard Wildlife Solutions provides squirrel removal in Denver Pa, and surrounding Lancaster County. We provide all animal removal and exclusion services in Lancaster, Lebanon, Reading, York, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, and Harrisburg, Pa.