Okay, I’ve seen pictures of racoons, o’possums, snakes and stuff, but did not expect to see one of these today. Meandered through and open vent. Ducks don’t walk, they meander. Of course, if she was guarding her eggs or hatchlings, I’ve would have been slithering quicker than a snake.
My father was inspecting a tight crawlspace in the Poconos about 15 years ago . Out of the corner of his eye he saw something move a few feet from him. He turned and it was a sleeping blackbear starting to wake up. He dropped his tools and got out ASAP. As far as he knows his tools are still there to this day.
How much damage can a scared 35 pound raccoon do after it comes down the chimney into an unoccupied home? At least it swept all the soot out on the way down, and we were able to track its movements through the house via sooty footprints.
Several points to make here…this home was inspected by a NON NACHI inspector. The lack of a rain cap/spark arrester was missed during the inspection. The chimney damper was left open, and the glass fireplace doors were also left open too.
All I can say is that a frightened and trapped 35 pound raccoon can do a hell of a lot of damage, when it’s trapped for a few days… This will cost the owners many thousands of Pesos to get fixed.
I have to agree, I project managed a cleaan up from a female Racoon gaining entry into a home down the chimney to give birth a few years ago. The total insurance loss was over $12,000 in carpets, furniture and bedding.