Our home is our most sacred place. It’s where we feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed. It’s where we unwind after a long or stressful day. Nothing can disrupt that oasis more than an unexplained odor. An odd smell anywhere in your home is cause for concern or at least worth looking into. Your fireplace is no different. From time to time, you may notice bad odors coming from it. Here are the top five reasons for what’s going on and how to remedy the situation.
Animals or birds, looking for warmth and protection from the elements, can make their home inside your chimney. Sadly, sometimes they can’t make their way back out and become stuck. This can lead to unfortunate odors emanating into your home.
The solution to keeping them from taking up roots in your chimney is a cap. A missing or non-existent chimney cap is akin to leaving your front door open. A properly installed cap lets smoke out while keeping animals from coming inside.
Moisture is another issue that can lead to a smelly odor. If the smell is musty or moldy, this can mean that you have damage deep inside your chimney’s walls. There is no straightforward solution, as moisture problems can arise from cracks, damaged flashing, or a missing cap. An inspection is your go-to solution and can identify the proper way to mitigate this type of smell.
Leaves and other organic materials can also find their way into an uncapped chimney and begin to break down. If you’ve ever smelled a compost pile, you know what odor we are talking about. A chimney inspection and cleaning will clear out this material. The permanent solution is to fix or replace a missing chimney cap.
Of course, the odor could potentially not even be coming from your home, it could be something outdoors finding its way in. Check to see if your damper is closed. If it’s open, and your inspection has not revealed another cause of the odor, closing it could be all it takes to remove the smell from your home.
Another cause of bad odors coming from your fireplace is a natural by-product of using it. We’re talking about creosote. This is a black, sticky lining that will coat the inside of your chimney. As smoke travels upward, it carries with it by-products of burning wood. Creosote is especially problematic with unseasoned wood, causing it to build up even faster.
Eventually, creosote will lead to unpleasant odors as the problem gets worse. This can even seep into the porous materials of your chimney, making it even harder to remove. The solution is to have your chimney inspected and swept regularly. Your A-1 Chimney Specialist will remove this substance during a sweep, helping to keep your chimney odor-free.
Don’t let chimney odors get in the way of your summer plans. From missing chimney caps to creosote removal to fixing structural issues giving way to moisture build-up and beyond, our team can do it all. If you need assistance with your chimney for any reason, give the team at A-1 Chimney Specialists a call at 931-967-3595 (TN) or 256-285-4895 (AL). You can also schedule your appointment via our website here: https://a1chimneyspecialist.com/scheduling/