As the winter season approaches and temperatures start dropping, critters (such as rodents) start seeking warmth from your home, including inside of your chimney.
When it’s cold outside, we turn up the heat. We light the fireplace to enjoy the comfort of our warm houses. We aren’t the only ones who want to enjoy our houses in this cold weather. Many animals want to snuggle up with us, too.
Raccoons store up fat for the winter, but remain active the whole season and don’t actually hibernate. Mice also remain active, foraging for food during the cold temperatures. They typically den in enclosed areas – experts at making homes in unlikely spots in our warm homes. Squirrels also don’t hibernate (but do sleep a lot) and are a lot less active. Squirrels love to spend the winter in the warm insulated walls or attic of a home, creating huge messes and expensive damage.
Most Ohio birds are not migratory and they also stick it out through the ice and snow. Many find shelter by entering houses in the city and the country through unprotected vents, gaps in the structure, improperly sealed roofs and windows. Some critters may seek refuge in an open chimney that’s damaged or missing a proper cap.
Does your chimney have some sort of cover or screening?
Do you find birds, squirrels or raccoons get on your roof often?
If you answer yes to these questions, then your chimney may need repair. If your chimney has a cover or screening, it has to follow certain regulations.
Contact Solid Rock Roofing to fix your chimney problem and keep critters out of your home.
Removing animals (with the help of experts like Barnes Wildlife Control) and fixing the problem can also save you more by reducing heating and cooling bills. If you’ve been ignoring the occasional mouse in your house. Or if you’ve been leaving the squirrel in the attic alone. Now is the time to permanently remove them. Gaps large enough to let a mouse in or even the smallest holes chewed by a squirrel let in cold air from the outside. Sealing off a house for rodents or fixing a hole made by a bird, not only excludes any further animals from entering, but also makes your house tight and more energy efficient. Sealing up your house will keep the warmth in and the cold and animals out. Furthermore, if an animal is allowed to escape the cold by spending the holidays in your attic, they can and will damage your insulation. Keep warm this winter and keep animals out!