Summer has such great smells associated with it! There’s chlorine from the swimming pool and coconut from the sunscreen. When it cools off at night, it smells wonderful to open up the windows and let the fresh breeze blow through the house. You sleep better when you sleep on sheets that have been hung out on the line in the summer sunshine. But have you ever walked into a room, smelled something nasty, and not been able to find the source of that smell? You look under the couch, behind your favorite chair, behind the television set and there’s just nothing there. It’s very likely that the problem could be your fireplace.
What Causes Chimney Odors
Creatures can sometimes use your chimney as a great place to make a home and raise a family. When they leave, the odor remains. If it’s a wet summer, the moisture could cause the nest to mold. Animal or bird droppings remain in your chimney. Sadly, sometimes babies die. All these odors can combine to cause quite the negative aroma to come out of your chimney.
Another reason that there might be a smell coming from your chimney is a creosote build-up. Creosote builds up as you burn fires in your fireplace; it’s a natural part of the fire burning process. Smoke contains water vapor and other chemicals, such as carbon monoxide, methane, benzene, and sulfur dioxide. When this mixture reaches the top of the chimney, some condenses onto the bricks on the inside, and the substance that’s left behind is creosote, which is a highly flammable and hazardous material. Even as little as an eighth of an inch is enough to cause a chimney fire if it catches a stray spark or ember. Because of this, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that you have your chimney swept on an annual basis.
The other problem with creosote is that it can have a very unpleasant aroma, especially when mixed with the warm, humid air of summer. This smell can carry down the chimney and permeate the room, sinking into the furniture and the window coverings. The best way to get rid of this odor is to have your chimney swept to get rid of the creosote that has built up over the year.
If you’ve been noticing an odor in your home and especially in the room with your fireplace, it’s a safe bet that your chimney is the problem. At Owens Chimney Systems, our goal is to make sure that your chimney is cleaned out so that a fire hazard doesn’t exist. We also want to leave your home smelling sweet and fresh, and we’ll do that by making sure all the creosote or any other debris that might be causing an odor problem is cleared out of your chimney. Give us a call today and let us fix the odor problem in your home.