If you suspect an animal is living in your chimney, you should know it is not uncommon. Birds, bats, and other animals often seek shelter in chimneys during the summer months. A chimney in the summer is an ideal shelter for birds and animals especially because it is not being used.
It is recommended that you clean and inspect your chimney and fireplace at least once a year, but have you ever wondered why?
When is the best time of year to clean your chimney?
Do you ever see smoke in your room within approximately 5 minutes of lighting a fire? If so, there is only one reason that this would occur: your fire was not completely ignited.
Next time your nose tingles at the sense of smoke in the same room as your fireplace, recognize that perhaps you should consider investing in a new damper.