Is there an awful stench originating from your chimney? Odds are, your home has Stinky Fireplace Syndrome. The scent is normally more terrible in the late spring when the moistness is high, and the climate control system is turned on. Nobody needs their chimney to smell – it can ruin your whole home. While it might appear as though all hope is lost, there is a solution. Before we jump into that, let’s talk about some possible causes of chimney odor.
Causes of Chimney Odor
Chimney odor can be brought about by an assortment of things that are sneaking in your stack. The most widely recognized reasons for smokestack smells are:
- Negative Air Pressure -As air moves down through your chimney, it brings the inner fireplace smells & chimney odors along with it.
- Excess Creosote and Soot – Odors from creosote buildup are often described as a heavy, smoky smell
- Moisture– Unless your fireplace is totally closed and protection measures are taken to stop water interruption, smelly scents can overpower your stack and home.
- Animals, Dead or Alive On the off chance that you do not have a chimney cap or if creatures have bitten through the screen on your smokestack top, it’s truly conceivable that animals have moved to your fireplace. Creatures cause an assortment of odor issues.
How Do You Get Rid of Fireplace Smell?
Now that you know why your chimney smells, it’s an ideal opportunity to fix the issue. While it may appear to be no hope, making your chimney smell new again isn’t excessively troublesome. A chimney inspection and sweep is a great initial step to any smell issue, as it will remove creosote and preclude other normal issues that may have caused the smell. Fallen leaves and decaying creatures or creature scat will be found and removed with a cleaning thus eliminating these options as a cause for the smell.
In a perfect world you need the outside of the smokestack to be as waterproof as could be expected under the circumstances and not permit dampness or moistness into the fireplace shaft. Adding a cap to the fireplace not just forestalls against overabundance dampness in the stack, however it likewise gives a boundary to keep creatures and garbage from falling into the smokestack.
Other options to prevent foul chimney odors can include:
· Close Your Fireplace Damper
· Have a Fireplace Door Installed
· Get a Chimney Chase Cover
If you are ready to take the next steps in your chimney needs? Contact us today to set up an appointment.
Author – Kasi Whitaker