Animal Removal

Professional Humane Animal Removal

Animal removal is one of our most important services. Here at Guardian, we are all huge animal lovers and for this reason, we take special care in practicing the humane treatment of animals. Here are a few of the most common animal problems and what we can do about them.

Raccoons. As seen here on the right, we frequently remove families of raccoons from chimneys. In that specific job, we were able to remove and relocate a mother and five young raccoons safely and quickly. Raccoons do carry a number of diseases, and it is as dangerous for you to try and remove them as it is for them to stay in that chimney.

Birds. Nesting happens very often in many chimneys. Odds are in your lifetime, you will have some kind of bird in your chimney. Birds cause a number of problems in the chimney, normally starting with a draft issue or a bad smell. Some birds, however, carry Histoplasmosis, a fungus carried in the feces of birds and bats. Histoplasmosis often causes fever, cough, fatigue, chills, headache, aching, and chest pain. If you have any of these symptoms, speak to a doctor, and give us a call.

Bats. Like many animals, Bats are drawn to chimneys because they are dark, enclosed places. Bats, like birds, carry a lot of diseases and fungus, including Histoplasmosis and more. Bats can be a danger to you as well as themselves, so please do not attempt to move them yourself.

Chimney Swifts. Chimney swifts are a special case when it comes to animal removal. They are a federally protected migratory bird, and they often roost in chimneys due to the easy grips on the wall. These birds roost vertically, clinging to the walls. Chimneys become ideal spaces because of protection from predators and the elements.

Squirrels. These furry little ones do not often make their nests in chimneys, but they do manage to do so on occasion. Some squirrels have been known to crawl inside a damper and break in any way, but fortunately, they are removable.

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About Guardian

You can rely on Guardian Chimney Sweeps to offer a large variety of specialized services for your chimney, fireplace, stove, or dryer vent.

We offer a number of services, from humane animal removal to dryer vent cleanings. Chimney problems can also cause damage to your home. We fix water leaks and smoke problems fast to prevent other costly damage to your walls and roof.

We can also provide a FlashSeal solution to prevent water intrusion, as well as other services to prevent odor and smoke problems.

Guardian Chimney Sweeps is committed to making sure you get your money worth out of your fuel-burning appliances so that your home is heated in the least expensive way possible.

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There is an Animal in My Chimney!

It is very possible for wildlife to become trapped inside a chimney. We've seen birds, bats, and squirrels that end up blocking the flue and stinking up the living-room on various occasions.  Calling a professional chimney sweep is your best course of action when there is an animal in your chimney. So you may be wondering, who do I call if there is an animal in my chimney? Even though it may pose some major issues, we are more than pleased to come out and take care of it so you can enjoy a...
wood storage

What is the Best kind of firewood to burn?

We all have that one “burning” question don’t we?  Q: What kind of firewood is best to burn in my fireplace?  A: There are several that could fit into this category. The Best and slowest burning wood would be OAK. This type of wood burns more evenly and burns hotter than other types of wood and tends to be a better heat source. Although Oak is plentiful and can be found in most areas of the country, it has the least amount of “pitch” (which is a resin that appears to be thicker, tackier, and...
Chimney Smoke

The Secrets of Smoke

Smoke is likely one of the first things to come to mind associated with chimneys. The plume people look for when trying to find a fire, but not many people know that smoke is the language of the flame. Its intentions and behaviors are within the plume, and should you learn to read it, and you could be a fire whisperer. There is a bit to go into for smoke, with its colors and thickness indicative of the fire’s characteristics. It can be helpful to know these tips in case of emergency or if a...
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Water Intrusion In Your Fireplace

Do you have water around your fireplace? You probably have a leaking chimney on your hands, which can be a bump in the road for you and the comfort of your home and everyday life. However, A leaking chimney does not always manifest itself in obvious ways. Many homeowners falsely assume that all leaky chimneys present themselves as visible water in the fireplace or flue, but chimney leaks can originate from a few different places. If you have seen splits or cracks in your chimney, disintegrated...
Storm

Summer Tips: Prepare for Major Storms

The 2021 Hurricane Season is officially here. And when a major storm hits your area, you may encounter some structural damage in your home, including to your chimney. While chimneys are normally able to withstand the elements, they are not indestructible. The fierce winds, heavy rain, and flying debris associated with hurricanes can cause both surface and structural damage to chimneys, and the full degree of the wreck can be hard to observe with an undeveloped eye or without exceptional...
Hurricane Damage

Helpful Tips For The Upcoming 2021 Hurricane Season

Hurricane season starts on July 1 and ends on November 30th. The last few years have been very deadly for Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi areas. Various storms and hurricanes have caused millions of dollars in damages. We have some tips and advice for you this hurricane season to help you protect your home and property. Rain and water are some of the most corrosive materials, especially when unattended for long periods of time. Chimney leaks are one of the most common issues we...
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Details In A Chimney Inspection

Wonder what it takes the sweeps to clean your chimney? Most do not even know what the inside of their chimney looks like. Chimneys are a mystery to the average person if they were to take a look inside. Yes, a chimney is a rectangle shaped tunnel that leads down the home to a fireplace. Well, the tunnel is called the flue. This is where all the smoke and gases travel up and out of the home. But, have you ever wondered what goes on during a routine inspection? Below has the different levels and...
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Chimney Crowns Should Not Crack

A solid chimney crown will cover sits on the highest points of a chimney. These are designed to be strong and perform well for long periods of time. Though these are designed for wear and tear, there comes a time needed for a chimney crown to be repaired. There are endless reasons to why cracks form in the crown. Chimneys are continuously exposed to the elements and damage from all kinds of weather conditions. Once the crown splits or cracks, it is significantly important to immediately fix...
Cap Repair

Repairs on Caps, Covers, & Dampers

Living in the south is always a battle with the weather. One minute it could be sunny while the next it could be down pouring rain. This has a major effect on chimneys and fireplaces. We actually get more rain than anywhere in the country including Seattle. Mobile and Pensacola are ranked the top two while Seattle is ranked 41st. With the amount of rain this region receives, it has lasting effects on the chimneys and fireplaces. Fireplaces, Chimneys, and Leaks In basic terms, the problem with...
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Preventing A Chimney Fire Tips

Safety is the utmost important thing to worry about when having a chimney, especially during the use of the fireplace. Chimneys need to have routine maintenance to ensure there is little to no residue of creosote left behind to cause a chimney fire randomly. Below are some prevention tips for homeowners to consider when investing in a chimney. Use proper fuel Make sure the wood is seasoned and when choosing a type of wood, go for a hardwood like oak, maple, or ash. A few logs of greenwood can...
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Unclean Areas During Quaratine

The latest pandemic sweeping the world came out of nowhere. COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many people are using their spare time at the house to knock-out their errands that usually do not get done. Have you changed the water filter in your...
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Histoplasmosis Horror Stories

After the holiday time, the next month or so become harder to pay bills. With having the struggles to not pay bills, you have ignored your annual chimney sweep. By doing so, left your chimney vulnerable to being inhabited by creatures. You have been hearing small chirps in the house. Wonder where they are coming from? Might want to take a look in your chimney. One particular species of bird that inhabits inactive chimneys are the chimney swift. Tiny little boogers that can fit pretty much...
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Fireplace Pet-Proofing Tips

Like many people in the world, we have pets that we love and adore in our home. Often, pet owners need to take precautionary steps to make their home safe and enjoyable for their pets. A fireplace is no exception. It is important to practice fireplace and chimney safety with your pets to prevent dangerous situations like injuries or fires. Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind about keeping your pets safe and sound near the fireplace. Always supervise your pets when the fireplace is in...
dryer vent

Household Tip: Dryer Vent Care

Maintaining a clean dryer vent is significant for various reasons which incorporate vitality reserve funds as well as security. Take a moment to look at the back of your dryer. You are going to see a cylinder tube-like framework running from it into a wall or out a window of the home. That is your dryer vent. The main issue is that garments will have residue, trash, and texture particles on them. During the dying cycle, the material gets into the dryer vent and obstructs the framework. It can...
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Differences in Chimney Types

Most people tend to forget, or even do not know, that there are different types of chimneys. Prefabricated and masonry are the two common fireplaces. Nine times out of ten, masonry fireplaces are going to be more expensive than prefabricated. The price difference is based on the fact that masonry requires to be build on-site, versus being assembled. Masonry Fireplaces Masonry fireplaces are typically built as the home is being built to become part of the home. an experienced mason who properly...
Fireplace

Common Chimney Terms To Know

A conversation with any expert in any field can be intimidating particularly if you do not comprehend the terminology being used. Your chimney and fireplace framework comprises of various segments that cooperate to give you warm and comfortable fires. There is a wide range of words or terms that chimney sweeps frequently use and When something goes wrong with your chimney, it is especially useful to know the names of those components. Below are some terms that may be mentioned when talking...
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Chimney Liner Replacements

Like most things that have multiple layers, your chimney has a liner. This liner is necessary for three main reasons, which affect the home and the occupants. You should hire a qualified chimney sweeper to replace your chimney liner. When it comes to the safety of the fireplace and chimney, the chimney liner is one of the most critical protective components. The liner prevents carbon monoxide from seeping into the home. It stops hot embers from slipping through a crack in the flue and igniting...
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Firewood Storage…Great To Know

With all the different aspects to keep your chimney clean and safe, using the correct type of wood is a big component. There are different types of wood to burn. Make sure it is correct with your chimney. Building a fire in your fireplace is very different than a campfire. Going out into the woods and chopping wood down does not mean you can dump it into your fireplace. There needs to be more consideration in what goes into the fireplace. The wood has to not let out too much smoke and fumes so...
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Common Ways To Clean A Chimney

Chimney sweeps should occur annually or more especially in the winter. You can do this with the help of professionals or you can do it yourself. You can get help with the chimney cleaning from websites or professionals. Do not be afraid to get help and review the different ways of cleaning. There are steps that need to be done to guarantee a successful cleaning process. Chimney Cleaning Preparation Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to cleaning non-normal household items such as your...
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DIY Cleaning Chimney Tips

Being a homeowner is a huge deal. One should have pride especially if their home has a working fireplace and chimney. Purchasing a home with a fireplace, it is important to maintain the functionality. It is important to not just enjoy it to the fullest in the cold months but also to be economical, efficient as well as health-conscious. Cleaning your chimney and fireplace can be easy, but there are professionals for this job as there are going to be areas that are harder to reach alone. A...
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Best Time For A Chimney Sweep

As the colder months are coming to an end, everyone is planning their spring and summer vacations. Working long hours to ensure the vacation becomes a reality, and you're even working on home improvement projects. The warmer months are very viable to have home repairs done, including your chimney. It is summer. It is humidity, The weather is warming up, so no more need for the chimney. With the winter months over, there will be a buildup of creosote. Creosote is extremely flammable. Why is the...
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Chimney Cap Sealants

Chimneys are noticed from the street by anyone. It is subjected to continuously changing climates throughout the year. The blazing hot sun, rising stickiness, driving precipitation, a profound freeze from the outside components negatively affect the brickwork. Keep in mind that bricks are normally strong structure material, but they do take on a lot of wear and tear. The best preventable measure for damage of dampness and water to block with a sealant around the chimney cap. What is the best...
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Smoketite? What Is That?

Restoring smoke chambers can be an exceptionally included activity, requiring the removal of bricks and damper frame, and hand-use of refractory cement to the region to smooth and secure it. A smooth surface guides gas to go through the smoke chamber into a vent without the stream becoming hindered by spiked drops. In the late spring of 2002, Smoketite was created. Smoketite is an exceptionally insulative product that is sprayed on a smoke chamber fixing openings and holes. With this product,...
Pensacola Chimney Sweeps - Guardian Chimney Sweeps

Pensacola, Florida Chimney Sweep

Florida is a huge tourist attraction state. Beaches, Disney World, and warm weather brings an average of 100 million people each year! Our technicians are local moguls in the chimney sweep business. We service the Emerald Coast, the Gulf, all the way to Jacksonville. Do you need your chimney sweep in Pensacola, Florida? Chimney sweeps, chimney repair, and maintenance is our specialty! We are not a construction company, not a masonry company, we specialize fully in the Chimney Sweep trade. Any...