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What Causes Chimney Odors?

Are you facing issues with bad smells coming from your fireplace? You are not alone! It’s common for homeowners to face chimney odors from time to time (especially as temps start to rise), so don’t think that something is wrong with your chimney or with the way you maintain it.

There are a few main things that can cause bad odors to seep out of your fireplace. Knowing what these are and how to prevent them, will help you stay prepared year after year, so your home doesn’t stink whenever spring rolls around. Learn more below!

Negative Air Pressure

When the months are cold, the heat from your home and fireplace rises up through your chimney and escapes outside. This is how fireplaces are meant to function – any smoke, gases, and toxins make their way out and take any nasty smells with them. This leaves your home feeling fresh and keeps your family safe from inhaling any potentially harmful fumes.

Yet, in the summer time, the air outside is warmer than your home. This causes the airflow to reverse sending gusts of smelly air into your living room. You can try opening a window to help balance the pressure throughout your home – some find that this works great! Otherwise, a strong damper with a tight seal will be your best bet for keeping these unpleasant odors outside where they belong.

Creosote Build-Up

Another problem that can cause excessive odors is creosote build-up. The CSIA stresses the importance of annual inspections and cleanings and this is part of the reason why! Creosote has a distinct odor and, the more of it you have, the worse the smell is going to be – it’s as simple as that.

By scheduling a cleaning, you will help your home stay fresher. And this doesn’t just help with bad smells… it keeps your home safer, as well! Creosote is very flammable, so higher amounts of it increase your chances of chimney fires. Schedule your next cleaning today, so you can rest easy knowing your fireplace is in great condition every time you go to use it.

Birds & Other Animals

If the smell isn’t coming from the chimney itself, it could very well be caused by animals. Birds and other critters often enter the chimney, looking for a cozy spot to rest, then can’t manage to find their way back out. They leave droppings, which stink up the place, and if they can’t get out, they eventually pass away. Then, things really get bad!

Prevent animal entry by having a chimney cap installed. Chimney caps are great for keeping countless creatures at bay, and they keep your chimney dry and free from debris, as well! It’s a smart and cost-effective investment for any home – purchase one today!

If you need help with chimney odors, hire Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney to inspect your system. We can track the issue and resolve it, so your home will be back to smelling great in no time!

By Jake Johnson on April 21st, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment