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Solving Fireplace Odors

Correcting Fireplace Odors Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyYou want your home to smell as fresh and clean as possible, but sometimes certain things in your chimney can cause stinky smells to invade your home through your fireplace. All Seasons Chimney has years of experience in dealing with smelly chimneys, and we know what causes unpleasant fireplace odors and how to get rid of the odor source. We would like to tell you more about the services we offer that can take care of this stinky problem.

You need a professional chimney sweeping.

If you are noticing a strong odor of burned barbecue, your fireplace odor problem is most likely being caused by creosote deposits inside your chimney. A natural compound that develops during the combustion process of burning wood, creosote sticks to the inner walls of your chimney and can accumulate into large deposits. This not only creates an odor issue as creosote has a sour and acrid scent, but it also is a fire hazard. If the internal temperature gets hot enough, creosote can easily ignite into flames. Creosote is so flammable that the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has named it as a leading cause of chimney fires. To protect you from the dangers of a chimney fire and to keep creosote from causing an odor problem in your home, All Seasons Chimney can professionally sweep your chimney to remove all of the creosote deposits from the inner walls of your chimney. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps will take care to be sure every bit of creosote has been removed.

You need a professionally installed chimney cap on top of your chimney.

Without a chimney cap on the top of your chimney, you have an open hole on your roof. Water from rain and melted ice and snow can easily enter your chimney and land on the smoke shelf. This standing water can give off unpleasant musty odors. Even worse, leaves and other debris can fall into the chimney and mix with the water to create a decomposing smell. Another odor issue that can occur without a chimney cap has to do with wild animals. Birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other creatures can get into your chimney to nest. Unfortunately, an animal can get stuck inside your chimney and die. You can imagine the stench caused by this situation. To keep water and animals out of your chimney, All Seasons Chimney can professionally install a new chimney cap on top of your chimney. We can show you the best caps that have mesh metal sides that prevent birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals from being able to enter your chimney. We will be sure your new cap is correctly installed to protect your chimney.

Have you noticed unpleasant fireplace odors? Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment with one of our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps to solve this problem.

The Advantage to Forward Scheduling Your Sweeping

The Advantage to Forward Scheduling Your Sweeping Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimney Inc.Before you light your first fire of the year this fall, you need to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected. Fire safety organizations, including the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), recommend these chimney maintenance services be done in the summer to be sure your fireplace and chimney pose no hazards. Summertime can be a very busy season with vacations and summer camps, and All Seasons Chimney understands that making your chimney sweep appointment can slip your mind. When you forget to schedule your chimney sweeping before fall, you may have to wait for a few weeks before we will be able to get to your chimney. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps have full calendars from September to December, so it can be hard making the appointment on the date that works best for you. To help you be sure your chimney has been cleaned and inspected every summer, we offer the option of forward scheduling your sweeping appointment. This option allows you to guarantee that your fireplace will be ready to use as soon as you wish. We would like to tell you why an annual chimney sweeping and inspection is so important for your chimney to work safely and efficiently.

Removing creosote

When you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, it is inevitable to have creosote deposits building up on the walls of your chimney. A natural compound, creosote forms during condensation that occurs during the combustion process of burning wood. Not only is creosote stinky and dirty, it is so highly flammable that the CSIA has named it as a leading cause of chimney fires. This is why an annual chimney sweeping is so essential. If the creosote is not removed each year, it can build up in large accumulations that can easily ignite if the internal temperature of your chimney gets hot enough. All Seasons Chimney will reduce your risk of experiencing a dangerous chimney fire.

Finding damage that could cause your chimney to be unsafe

When the CSIA-certified chimney sweeps from All Seasons Chimney inspect your chimney every year, they are looking for problems that could make your chimney a safety hazard. Your chimney will be checked to be sure no debris is blocking the flue as this can cause carbon monoxide and other toxic gases to be forced back into your home. The exterior of your chimney will be examined for damaged and missing bricks and mortar joints, which allow water to easily enter your chimney to cause more damage. Cracked and loose bricks and mortar joints can also jeopardize the soundness of the structure of your chimney. If we find any damage or other issues, they will be included in the written evaluation of the condition of your chimney with photos of the problems. We will also provide you with a written estimate of the repairs that are necessary to make your chimney work safely.

Forward scheduling your chimney sweeping has many advantages. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to learn more about this convenient option to make sure your chimney has been properly swept and inspected every year.