Raccoons and your chimney.

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 dropping 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 raincap 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.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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A 24-year veteran of the chimney repair trade, Cliff has experience in most phases of chimney construction and repair. He began as a chimney sweep apprentice in 1991. Two years later he began to educate himself in bricklaying and chimney construction. He claims that "it has been an interesting trade to say the least.