What is the noise coming from the chimney?
One of the first signs that you have a small animal infestation in your chimney is the noise from the animals activity. While chimney owners aren’t strangers to noises every now and then, if the noise is happening frequently, sounds like constant scratching against the inside surface of your chimney, or even squeaks at some point, chances are you have something in there you don’t want to be there.
The noises that are being made will also let you know if the animal is stuck or if they chose to make your chimney their home on purpose. The scratches and other noises will be more frantic if they are stuck, and you will need to be quick to call animal control to help you get the animal out. Cats, raccoons, possums, or any other animal that might find its way onto your roof may mistake your chimney for a a safe home and fall inside.
If the noises are not frantic and usually happen at a certain time of day, chances are you have an animal that has decided your chimney is the perfect living arrangement or the best possible place to birth their young. They’ll be bringing in food and supplies at regular intervals building their nest. While an animal who is there by choice doesn’t necessarily need immediate attention, it is still important to get them out quickly to avoid damage to your home and chimney.