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How to Keep Wildlife out of your Garbage Can

Picture this:

You are walking home one evening, and you haven’t eaten all day. Your belly is growling, you are hungry, and you don’t know whether or not there is anything in your cupboards or fridge at home. But as you walk past a neighbor’s house…you see that they’ve left a huge box of non-perishable snacks out on their front lawn. Even if you knew that taking some of your neighbor’s food would be stealing, wouldn’t you at least be tempted to pocket a granola bar or two? […]

By |June 13th, 2017|Chimney, Wildlife|Comments Off on How to Keep Wildlife out of your Garbage Can

Things You Should NOT Burn in your Wood-Burning Fireplace

As we’ve said before on this blog, one of the biggest differences between gas and wood-burning fireplaces is the amount of variety that wood-burning allows for.  Folks who regularly use their fireplace all have different types of wood or tinder that they swear by, so the kind that you opt to use in your home is usually a matter of personal preference. […]

By |May 3rd, 2017|Chimney|Comments Off on Things You Should NOT Burn in your Wood-Burning Fireplace

Chimney Swifts, the Federally Protected Bird that Might Move Into YOUR Chimney

How would you feel if a wildlife removal specialist told you that a pest animal could not be expelled from your home? And not because the animal is vicious enough to hold its ground or crafty enough to evade traps—it simply cannot be moved because doing so constitutes a crime. […]

By |April 27th, 2017|Chimney|Comments Off on Chimney Swifts, the Federally Protected Bird that Might Move Into YOUR Chimney

Your kids or dog found a nest of baby bunnies. Now what?

A shallow hole in the ground. A covering made from loose grass and soft fur. And a handful of baby rabbits with closed eyes, wiggly noses, and delicate little bodies. […]

By |March 28th, 2017|Chimney, Wildlife|Comments Off on Your kids or dog found a nest of baby bunnies. Now what?

Gas Versus Wood Burning Fireplace

The mental image of a cheerful, roaring fire in a house’s hearth can inspire a variety of feelings in different people, and most of them are positive: warmth, security, comfort, romance…the list goes on and on. What we don’t often think about, though, is whether the fireplace is our fantasy is the kind that burns wood or the type that utilizes natural gas. […]

By |January 30th, 2017|Chimney|Comments Off on Gas Versus Wood Burning Fireplace

Reasons You Should Get a Chimney Cap

As the holiday season quickly approaches, and the temperatures begin to drop, you’ll want to make sure that your chimney is ready to go. Before you get your fireplace crackling with wood logs, and roasting marshmallows, there are a few steps you should take to ensure your chimney is prepared. […]

By |January 26th, 2017|Chimney|Comments Off on Reasons You Should Get a Chimney Cap

Why An Annual Chimney Inspection Could Save Your Holiday

During the holidays, most families prefer to gather around the table, not a hospital bed. Sadly, residential fires, which are prominent in winter months, can wreck havoc on your home and severely inure your loved ones.

As the temperature drops, heaters, candles and holiday decorations all contribute to the 47,000 house fires that occur each year. […]

By |December 20th, 2016|Chimney|Comments Off on Why An Annual Chimney Inspection Could Save Your Holiday

Different Log Types We Offer

Warming up your home with a natural fireplace is an iconic image during the holiday season, so it’s important to set the mood just right! At Chimney & Wildlife Specialist, we provide a wide variety of gas logs to make the perfect fire for your fireplace this year. Take a look at the options we […]

By |December 14th, 2016|Chimney|Comments Off on Different Log Types We Offer

Best Winter Care Tips to Protect Your Chimney From the Elements

Texas weather is wholly unpredictable. This is especially true in ‘winter’ months when temperatures regularly fluctuate between extremes. The hot-one-minute-cold-the-next two-step isn’t only confusing, it also creates an expanding and contracting effect in your chimney.

The result? Potentially dangerous gaps and cracks in the mortar. Left untreated these minor issues could eventually disrupt your home’s central […]

By |December 1st, 2016|Chimney|Comments Off on Best Winter Care Tips to Protect Your Chimney From the Elements

Chimney Sweep 101: How Often + Why?

Due to the construction materials and furniture types in newer homes, families have much less time to escape from a house fire than in the past. 30 years ago it took 17 minutes to fully engulf the average home. Today, when a home fire breaks out the average family has just 3 minutes to safely escape. […]

By |August 22nd, 2016|Chimney, Wildlife|Comments Off on Chimney Sweep 101: How Often + Why?