Every summer when the weather gets hotter and more humid, our staff at Owens Chimney Systems gets calls from our customers complaining about unpleasant odors coming from their chimneys. The smell could be smoky, musty, or even an odor of decomposition. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweeps have years of experience with
dealing with chimney odors, and we know how to get rid of them as well as how to prevent them from ever occurring. We would like to tell you about the most common sources of chimney odors and how we can help you with these smelly problems.
CREOSOTE AND SOOT
You may have heard how hazardous creosote deposits inside your chimney can be. The CSIA
has stated that creosote is the leading cause of chimney fires. This compound that forms naturally during the combustion process of burning wood not only is extremely flammable, but it also can cause quite a stink inside your chimney. Creosote has a strong odor that is released when the weather gets hot and humid, so if you have a large amount of accumulated creosote inside your chimney in the summer, you will probably notice an odor of asphalt or bad barbecue. To prevent creosote from causing a smelly situation in your home this summer, schedule your annual chimney sweeping and inspection with Owens Chimneys Systems in the spring to have all of the creosote and soot removed from your chimney before the weather gets hot and humid.
If your chimney is not protected with a chimney cap, water from rain and melted snow can easily enter your chimney and pool on the smoke shelf. If you notice a musty smell coming from your fireplace, you most likely have water inside your chimney. Owens Chimney Systems can install a chimney cap on top of your chimney that will keep water out of it. Without a chimney cap, leaves can also get into your chimney, and when mixed with water, a rotting smell can occur. We can keep these smells from happening by installing a chimney cap to prevent water and leaves from getting inside your flue.
BIRDS OR ANIMALS
Another problem that can occur when your chimney is uncapped is an invasion of birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals. These wild animals often mistake chimneys for hollow trees and choose them as nesting spots. Of course, these critters leave behind droppings, which can cause a very unpleasant odor, but there is also the possibility of a bird or animal becoming trapped inside the flue and dying, which will create a horrible stench. If your chimney has a chimney cap with metal mesh sides installed on the top of your chimney, you will not have to worry about any wild animal being able to enter your chimney.Not only can Owens Chimney Systems help prevent unpleasant odors from your chimney, but we can also help you if you are currently dealing with stinky smells coming through the fireplace. Contact us to find out more about how we can solve your chimney odor problem.