If you have been noticing an unpleasant odor in your home that seems to be coming from the fireplace through the chimney, several things could be the source. In the summer, chimney odors are more common because the use of your air conditioning system and weatherization techniques to keep the cooled air from escaping can cause negative pressure in your home. This negative pressure can affect the draft in the chimney to push down air from the chimney into your home, and this air can bring along chimney odors. Since 1989, Owens Chimney Systems has been helping the residents of the Charlotte area get rid of these stinky chimney smells to make their homes smell fresh and clean again. We would like to tell you about what could be causing these unpleasant odors in your home.
Does the unpleasant odor in your home smell like fresh asphalt or burned barbecue? The source of this smell is most likely creosote. When you burn wood in your fireplace, creosote develops in the chimney during the condensation process that occurs as the byproducts of combustion exit the chimney. Since this residue can build up into large amounts, creosote can cause a couple of problems. The most dangerous problem is an increased risk of a chimney fire. The Chimney Safety Institute of American (CSIA) warns that creosote is the leading cause of chimney fires. Not only is creosote extremely flammable, but it also releases a very strong odor, that is worsened by heat and humidity. To solve both of these problems, Owens Chimney Systems can remove all of the creosote from your chimney with a professional chimney sweeping.
If the unpleasant odor is musty, you could have standing water on the smoke shelf as the source of your stinky chimney. Keeping water out of your chimney is crucial, and you need to have a chimney cap professionally installed on the top of the chimney to prevent this standing water situation. Without a chimney cap, you could have leaves in that water which makes the odor problem even worse. Owens Chimney Systems can help you keep water out of the chimney with our chimney cap sales and installation services.
Dead Bird Or Wild Animal
Unfortunately, birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals can get stuck and die inside your chimney after entering to look for a place to nest. You will definitely know if this is what is causing the unpleasant odor! The best way to keep this from happening is to prevent any wild animals from being able to get into your chimney. A chimney cap not only keeps water out of your chimney, but it has mesh metal sides that will stop a critter from invading the flue. Owens Chimney Systems has a wide variety of chimney caps, and we can tell you which cap will provide the best protection for your particular chimney. Once you have picked out your new cap, one of our CSIA-certified chimney technicians will properly install it so that birds, squirrels, and raccoons have no chance of getting inside your chimney.
Don’t let unpleasant chimney odors invade your home this summer. Contact Owens Chimney Systems to help you deal with a stinky chimney.