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Why Are Bad Odors Coming from My Fireplace?

You don’t have to put up with a smelly chimney, though it is a situation that commonly needs to be addressed. Embarrassment and/or unpleasantness usually precede the question, “Why are bad odors coming from my fireplace?” For the best and quickest solution, ask your trusted chimney sweep company, “Why does my fireplace smell?” There are various fixes for chimney odors, and qualified chimney sweeps know how to stop chimney odor no matter the cause of the problem.

Chimney Sweep Houston, TXWhy Does My Chimney Smell Smoky?

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, creosote buildup is usually the cause of a smoky odor. Creosote is the messy, tar-like substance deposited inside chimney flues every time wood is burned. The presence of creosote in your chimney combined with a downdraft that pushes air from your chimney into your home results in a burning or smoky smell. Schedule a chimney inspection and cleaning to get rid of the smoky smell. Chimney cleaning removes the creosote, and the chimney inspection helps to identify problems that may need repair. If the flue has a crack or other deterioration, for instance, using the fireplace creates the potential risks of a home fire and exposure to potentially deadly carbon monoxide. The flue should be repaired or replaced before using the fireplace again.

What is the Rotting Smell Coming from My Chimney?

Animals often seek haven in chimneys. Chimney Swifts are birds with federal protection that prefer to build their nests in hollow trees, but chimneys apparently serve as suitable substitutes. Once the birds have nested in your chimney, all you can do is wait for them to continue their migration cycle. For removal of droppings and other debris left behind after the animals have vacated the premises, schedule chimney cleaning with professional chimney sweeps. Snakes, bats, raccoons, squirrels, and other creatures also seek shelter in chimneys. The smelliest outcome is when an animal dies and begins to rot inside a chimney.

Dangers such as potential exposure to disease are associated with animal removal. Contact Guardian Chimney Sweep for removal of animals, whether the creatures are dead or alive. To prevent further intrusion of birds and other creatures, have a chimney cap with mesh installed. Outside mount chimney caps are recommended because they help to protect the chimney crown while also preventing animals and debris from entering your chimney. Outside mount chimney caps can reduce the costs of ongoing chimney maintenance, and they are also more aesthetically pleasing. If you have a wood-framed chimney chase, a chimney chase cover with mesh is needed.

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Why is a Musty, Damp Odor in My Chimney?

Preventing moisture intrusion in chimneys is a challenge that requires ongoing diligence. You may end up with damp, musty odors in your chimney due to chimney cracks, a missing chimney cap, water intrusion in the masonry system, or perhaps damaged flashing. The presence of moisture in the chimney flue can result in the formation of mold and mildew. In addition to causing an unpleasant odor, mold and mildew can be a threat to your health.

Contact Guardian Chimney Sweep Today

Guardian Chimney Sweep is the place to call when you are wondering why odors are coming from your chimney. Guardian has earned the ongoing trust of homeowners and business owners throughout Conroe and the greater Houston area. Contact our well-qualified CSIA-certified chimney sweeps for help getting rid of chimney odors. We offer comprehensive chimney services, including Level 1, 2, and 3 chimney inspections, chimney cleaning, masonry repair, and fireplace installation.  Connect with us online today or call Guardian Chimney Sweep at any of the numbers below.

Toll-free: (888) 306-6069
Conroe: (936) 271-9781
Houston: (713) 401-2011