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Troubleshooting a Smelly Chimney

No one enjoys smelling unpleasant odors at home. Every summer, All Seasons Chimney gets calls from customers about bad smells coming from their chimneys through their fireplaces. The heat and humidity of summer can accelerate bad odor issues within chimneys and make them even worse. What could be causing these unpleasant odors? Our certified chimney technicians regularly troubleshoot smelly chimneys, and we would like to tell you about the most common causes of stinky chimneys.

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CREOSOTE

Large accumulations of creosote deposits is the main cause of bad odors that come from your fireplace and chimney, according to Chimneys.com. The acrid and strong smell of creosote can get even worse in wet weather or in the summer because your chimney is not as effective at drawing this unpleasant odor up the flue and out of the chimney. If your chimney is missing a chimney cap, you will likely experience this unpleasant smell every time it rains because moisture worsens the smell of creosote. If the unpleasant odor coming from your chimney smells like bad barbecue or asphalt, you will know for sure creosote is the culprit. An annual chimney sweeping from our certified chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney can alleviate this problem. Remember, however, that creosote may penetrate your chimney lining, which will allow odors to remain after we cleaned your chimney. To keep the creosote odor out of your home during warmer weather, disconnect the stove pipe from your chimney and stick a metal cap in the thimble, which is the hole in your chimney. When you block off your chimney during the summer in this way, unpleasant odors have a much more difficult time entering into your house through the fireplace.

ANIMALS

When animals like birds, squirrels, and raccoons invade your chimney, the debris and droppings from these animals will emit unpleasant odors. A worst-case scenario is an animal becoming trapped to die within your chimney. If this were to occur, the stench of a dead animal could be unbearable. If the stinky chimney odor is caused by either living or dead animals, All Seasons Chimney can also help you with this problem.

NEGATIVE AIR PRESSURE

The main reason unpleasant odors enter your home from your chimney through your fireplace is negative air pressure within your home. When you weatherize your home for the summer, sealing up the house too tightly to prevent the cold air from escaping your home can cause smoky air from the chimney to enter your home from the fireplace instead of exiting outdoors. All Seasons Chimney knows how to handle any negative air pressure problems. Our certified chimney technicians can professionally install a top-sealing damper, which will promote proper air circulation.

If you need help troubleshooting your smelly chimney, contact All Seasons Chimney. We can figure out the culprit behind the unpleasant odors and rid these smells from your home.

We Love Serving Poughkeepsie

For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has been providing comprehensive fireplace and chimney care to the Hudson Valley area, and one of the cities we are proud to serve is Poughkeepsie. Our technicians are all certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and can be trusted to provide excellent and reliable chimney maintenance and repair services. We would like to tell you more about the types of services we offer to the residents of Poughkeepsie.

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CHIMNEY SWEEPING

The majority of national fire safety organizations like the CSIA and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend that you have your chimney professionally swept at least once a year to prevent dangerous fire hazards. When the certified sweeps from All Seasons Chimney perform a chimney cleaning, they will remove all of the accumulated creosote from your chimney and check for any blockages that could cause problems. This service guarantees that your chimney is clean and safe to use.

CHIMNEY INSPECTIONS

Using our closed circuit video cameras, the technicians from All Seasons Chimney will examine the accessible parts of your chimney to look for damage and other possible problems. They will also ensure your chimney is structurally sound and that every part of your heating appliance is correctly installed and connected. Also recommended annually by national fire safety groups, a chimney inspection guarantees your fireplace and chimney functions safely and properly.

CHIMNEY REPAIRS

One of our specialties is relining chimneys. A chimney liner is essential for the safe use of your fireplace or other heating appliance, and if the liner is damaged, you are at risk of a devastating chimney fire or a possible carbon monoxide leak. All Seasons Chimney can repair damaged liners or install a new stainless steel liner to protect your home from fire hazards. We also troubleshoot leaky chimneys to repair leaks and to prevent water penetration with waterproofing and flashing.

MASONRY REPAIRS

The experienced masons at All Seasons Chimney can repair damaged masonry on your chimney as well as rebuild masonry chimneys. We can also construct chimney crowns that cover your chimney to protect it from water leaks.

CHIMNEY INSTALLATIONS

Not only can the technicians at All Seasons Chimney install prefabricated chimneys, but we can also install different components of chimney systems, including chimney caps, fireplace dampers, and stainless steel chase covers.

Along with all of our chimney services, All Seasons Chimney also provides dryer vent cleaning services that can prevent a residential clothes dryer fire. If you live in Poughkeepsie, contact us for any chimney need you may have.