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Choking On Smoke When You Light Up A Fire?

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Smokey Fireplace?


Even if you enjoy the smell of smoke, you don’t want your home to reek of it for days after you have a fire. Moreover, you certainly don’t want it billowing into your home. So what’s causing your smoke issue and what can be done to resolve it?

SootAway and their team have been troubleshooting and diagnosing smoky chimneys for years. We’re confident that, whatever the issue may be, SootAway will get to the bottom of it.

Worried about it being an expensive fix? Smoke problems can be caused by the simplest things, and not all issues will require a big budget.


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Here are a few of the most common reasons homeowners experience smoky fireplace issues:


  • Dirty/Blocked Chimney. Dirty chimneys that are blocked with ash, soot, and creosote will naturally produce more smoke in your home. Why? Because airflow is restricted in these flues and they aren’t able to swiftly carry smoke up and out of the home. If a dirty chimney is behind your smoke issue, all you’ll need is a good chimney sweeping.
  • Incorrect Flue Size. Did you know that the flue liner needs to be sized right for the fireplace opening to effectively pull smoke out of the chimney? It’s true! If the flue is too big for the opening of the fireplace, it may need to be relined. If it’s too small, a hood or smoke guard may need to be added to the fireplace opening.

  • Cracks, Gaps, Or Holes In The Chimney Liner. A smooth, airtight surface is key to effective venting, so if damage has occurred along the walls of the chimney liner — leaving holes, cracks, and gaps — performance and draft will suffer. If the liner is damaged or you have holes and cracks in your smoke chamber, we can help eradicate the problem by repairing or relining the system.

  • Air Pressure. You may not have given it much thought, but your chimney requires a certain amount of air to achieve draft. With modern homes being so airtight, a lack of air is a common cause of smoke issues. Try opening a window — therefore, it alleviates the smoke issue, air pressure could be the culprit. Additionally, the chimney needs to stand high above the highest point of the roof. If chimney height or air pressure is the cause, we can lengthen your chimney or add a draft fan.

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Have Questions? Ask Sootaway!

We want to be a resource for you so you can enjoy a safer and more energy-efficient home, and we believe that customer education goes a long way. Whether you have questions about what wood to burn, how to troubleshoot smoke issues, or which products work best to keep chimneys leak-free, just give us a call 866-345-4751.

Call Us Or Reach Out Online — We’re Here To Help

If you have any questions about our services or you’d like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 866-345-4751 or request an appointment and we’ll send a first-class chimney professional right to your door. We’re here to help our neighbors in Pensacola and beyond in any way we can!