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Your stuck up neighbors invited themselves in again and made a disgusted face as they walked past your chimney. You realize that smell is back and stronger than ever, and the countless amounts of air deodorizing spray and scented candles will not cover it up. Your chimney can produce odors for many reasons, so you should always call for help. A trained professional will ask if you have had all of your required maintenance and go from there to diagnose the problem.

If you have to hand out gas masks whenever you have friends over, you might have a problem!

If you have to hand out gas masks whenever friends come over, you might have a problem!

Why does my chimney stink?

Creosote, a byproduct of the combustion process, is the main reason that your chimney stinks. The first thing that will need to happen is that you will need to have your chimney swept. It is important that you have a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified professional handle all of your chimney’s work, especially cleanings and inspections. If there is any creosote built up on the interior walls of your chimney, they will overtime clump together and absorb into the structure. This can also cause draft problems, which will lead to the smoke not properly exiting the chimney and the potential for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning rising. The smell from inside your chimney will become much more noticeable when heat and humidity increase. One cleaning is typically enough for most users, but if your fireplace receives heavy usage during the heating season, you may want to consider having it swept twice. Mold growth will also contribute to the smell. Mold can grow in any area that water can sit; it can begin forming in 24 to 48 hours. If you see something unusual, call for help, as you may not recognize the many different colors and textures in which mold can come. To provide an additional degree of safety well into the future, you can have your chimney waterproofed as well. The process takes only one to two days and involves a technician spraying a coat of sealant on the outside of the chimney. The second day should be reserved for drying time and the application of a second coat if you live in a wet area.

How do you get ready for the sweep?

  1. Let your chimney cool down by not burning a fire for more than 24 hours before your scheduled appointment.
  2. Clear the area of anything valuable such as breakables, furniture, etc.
  3. Move any pets you may have into another room.

To speak with someone, call A to Z Chimney today! Our highly trained service staff is here to help you with all of your chimney system maintenance needs.