Chimney inspectors specialize in inspecting a chimney to make sure it is safe for use, and these pros often find odd things in a chimney that are causing problems with the fireplace use down below.
Lost Family Photos
There have been cases in which chimneys were specifically used to tuck away a fireproof box of family heirlooms, but sometimes, things get inside the chimney by mistake. Family photos are an excellent example. If pictures get placed upon the mantel, and if there is a small crack between the mantel and the fireplace liner, the unframed photos can easily fall through the cracks. This is more than just a personal loss, these photos often get caught in a heated area, which means they can potentially catch on fire.
Of all the things that chimney inspectors find in chimneys, dead animals are perhaps some of the most common. These animals get inside the chimney in all kinds of ways, but they typically get inside the chimney because it's warm and looks like a nice place to hide or build a nest. Unfortunately, many critters get caught inside the chimney and can't get out, especially if the chimney has a semi-open cap that can get caked with snow in colder weather. These animals inside the chimney can generate horrid odors when they naturally start to deteriorate, but they can also pose a problem with fires and smoke backflow through the fireplace.
There are things you expect to find even if they are odd, and then there are those things that can show up in a chimney that may seem like they have no good reason for being in a chimney at all. Marine life is a very good example. This is more of an issue in areas close to a shoreline or lake, but there is a logical explanation; it is not raining fish or turtles from the sky as you will first be inclined to suspect. Seagulls and other predatory birds will capture marine life and fly it to the closest safe location to have a meal, and that perching spot is oftentimes a tall chimney. A little slip of a beak and a bird's meal can land inside your chimney, or even inside your fireplace. This issue may not be the worst, but you may catch a whiff of fire-roasted trout or smoked salmon every time you build a fire.
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