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The Nose Knows: Don’t Ignore Odors Coming from your Fireplace

Don't let those fireplace odors get you down.

Don’t let those fireplace odors get you down.

All fireplaces have a unique smell; however, a normal working fireplace will send the smell up and out of the chimney with the draft before it ever has the chance to seep into your home. Fireplace odor problems come from a variety of different things, the most notable of which are creosote deposits inside your chimney. The odors are usually worse in the summer (especially on days when the humidity is high), on rainy days, and/or when your air conditioner is running. A visit from a CSIA-certified chimney sweep can help eradicate those problem-causing creosote deposits, allowing you to breath a little easier.

Problem 1: Creosote Deposits Penetrate Beyond the Surface

A fireplace inspection and cleaning is a good first step when a smell issue is involved, as it will remove excess creosote and rule out other common problems that may have caused the smell. It’s important to remember, however, that while a thorough cleaning and inspection are helpful, they don’t always take care of the root problem. Due to the nature of the porous masonry construction inside your chimney, creosote impregnates its smell deep beyond the surface. A chimney sweep will remove the surface buildup of creosote to limit the possibility of a chimney fire; however, the odors that have absorbed into the masonry itself are still left behind. Therefore, other actions must be taken to rid your home of the lingering smell altogether.

Problem 2: Negative Pressure Drives the Smell into your Home

Air coming down your chimney is a symptom of overall pressure problems. This negative air pressure can cause odors to enter your home, regardless of the cause. In a typical scenario, as long as the draft is working correctly and there is no negative airflow in the home, the inherent smells will remain in the chimney. In the event that your chimney has developed a drafting problem, however, the intruding air brings the chimney odors right along with it as it comes down your flue. A quick solution to the negative air pressure issue is to simply crack a window to encourage the pressure to change through the window rather than the chimney.

Problem 3: Throat-mount Dampers Don’t Always do the Trick

For a more permanent approach to keeping the smell inside your chimney and away from your nose, limiting the amount of air that’s able to come down your chimney and into your house in the first place is key. Closing your throat-mount damper is a good start, however, most don’t provide an adequate seal due to their typical cast iron construction. A top-sealing damper can help to get rid of the airflow and accompanying odor problems once and for all. In addition to minimizing the airflow problems, a top-sealing damper will help keep rainwater and moisture from coming down your chimney as well.

There’s never a bad time to make a commitment to having your chimney inspected. Chimney sweeps are available year round to inspect and clean your entire chimney system. Don’t allow your chimney’s hidden odors to become a problem in your home. Instead, contact the chimney experts at A to Z Chimney Services as soon as you first notice any unpleasant odors. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you for years to come.

Yuck! My Fireplace Stinks!

Solving the Odor Problem in Your Fireplace

Do you smell foul odor in your fireplace? Have you ever wondered why this is happening even though you haven’t really been using the fireplace that much? If you HAVE yourself a stinky situation where the fireplace is concerned, then you had better do something about it right away. A sweeping may be in order.

There are many reasons why there may be an odor in your fireplace. Some are normal, and some are real cause for concern. Have you chimney swept before you use it again.

There are many reasons why there may be an odor in your fireplace. Some are normal, and some are real cause for concern. Have you chimney swept before you use it again.

Although the smell is bearable, it can be dangerous to your health. The smoke that was supposed to go out of your chimney and disperse in the air will be able to silently wander around your house. At first, you might think of it as the least of your worries not knowing the harmful toxins it brings which can be life-threatening to you and your family. That is why it is vital to address the problem as soon as possible.

The Causes

There are a number of factors that could create the foul odor. First of all, you have to make sure that the smell is occurring within your fireplace and chimney and not elsewhere. A professional chimney sweep can do the job for you. They will take a good look at it and assess what the root cause of the stench.  The presence of bird nests, spider webs, rotting animals and fallen leaves on top or inside your chimney flues can clog up the passageway where the smoke is supposed to escape from. You might need immediate and thorough cleaning if you are faced with that kind of problem.

Another factor that can cause a stinky fireplace is the build-up of creosote and soot, combined with humid and moisture in your chimney. This happens when snow or rain and anything that has water accumulate in the inside of your chimney flues. Negative air pressure can also lead to an unpleasant smelling chimney. During the winter holidays, people would prefer for doors and windows to be closed thus the limited availability of clean, fresh air to enter the home.

The Solution

Placing chimney caps on top of your chimney will definitely do the trick. This prevents water from seeping into the stone masonry walls of the chimney and to areas that cannot be reached even for professional chimney sweeps. Also, avoid negative air pressure by simply closing your damper when you’re not using your fireplace.

At this point, you know you’re looking for the perfect person to do the job for you. Call the approachable licensed professional sweeps of A to Z Window Screens, Chimney Sweep, & Dryer Vent Cleaning Company. They have the perfect combination of services to not only care for your fireplace but your home as a whole. With them, you can kiss your stinky fireplace goodbye and say hello to a fully functional odorless fireplace.