Raccoons and Your Chimney

  • August 7, 2016

We recently encountered a chimney that had been occupied by a raccoon for some time. We were unable to clean this chimney because of the chance that the raccoon had left droppings in this chimney. These droppings can contain a particularly unpleasant parasitic roundworm that can cause life-threatening symptoms if they are ingested.

See this CDC paper for more information
https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/baylisascaris/resources/raccoonlatrines.pdf)

Removing these droppings and sterilizing the infected areas requires specialized equipment and training which we do not have. In order to have them removed, you will likely spend a fair some of time and money, this can be prevented by having some sort of rain cap on your chimney. These can be ordered in a variety of sizes and styles from many websites, purchased from local hardware stores like Lowes or Home Depot, or, we can supply and install them for a fee.

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Leaving this review for my parents, who recently hired Cliff from Rooftop Chimney for a chimney repair, back in June. They were quick with an estimate, at a fair price and the work was scheduled promptly. They did an excellent job and we would definitely hire them again in the future or recommend them to friends!

Glenn Loontjens

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I’m selling my house and needed the wood stove insert removed. With the closing date approaching, Rooftop Chimney was able to work me in their schedule and get the job done quickly and professionally. I got the DEQ certificate much faster than I thought I would. Thanks to Justin and his crew!!! I would highly recommend Rooftop Chimney.

Iain Mackintosh

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Arrived on time – worked very hard to remove our very heavy fireplace insert and took extreme care to do the job well. Completed their work by cleaning our two chimneys and got it all done in good time. We would recommend their services to all.

Cynthia Keene

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After selling our home, the inspection indicated that there was some work that needed to be done on our chimney including repairing some mortar as well as putting a top cap on the chimney. I contacted Rooftop Chimney and Roof Services. They were very knowledgeable answering all of my questions. That along with prompt professional service I would recommend them for any chimney needs you may need!

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