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Get Your Chimney Swept Before the Fall Rush

All Seasons Chimney understands that the last thing on your mind right now is lighting a fire in your fireplace. However, national fire safety organizations like the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommend that you have your chimney professionally swept and inspected before lighting that first fire after summer is over for safety reasons. We strongly recommend to our customers to be prepared and proactive now by scheduling a summer chimney sweeping so that when the weather turns cooler this fall, you can relax and enjoy the fire without worrying about fire hazards. As soon as the month of September rolls around, our certified chimney sweeps have a packed schedule of maintenance calls, which means it could take longer to have your chimney swept and inspected if you wait too long to make your appointment with us. We would like to share exactly what kind of service you can inspect from our expert chimney sweeps.

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CHIMNEY SWEEPING

The number one concern of our CSIA-certified sweeps at All Seasons Chimney when they come to your home to get it ready for the cooler months of fall and winter is to remove all of the creosote accumulations from the interior walls of your chimney. Creosote is a highly combustible and natural compound that forms during the process of condensation that occurs when smoke, gases, vapors, and other by-products of combustion exit your chimney. With a varying appearance, creosote can be black or brown, sticky and gummy, crisp and brittle, or hard and shiny. No matter what it looks like, large amounts of creosote are dangerously flammable and ignite the majority of chimney fires. We know how essential it is to rid your chimney from excessive deposits of creosote before you light your first fire of the winter.

CHIMNEY INSPECTION

Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney take much pride in inspecting your chimney to be sure it works properly and safely. We use a closed circuit video camera on every inspection so that we can get the best possible examination of the condition of the interior of your chimney. Before cleaning your chimney, our chimney sweeps will closely look at the readily accessible parts of your chimney and fireplace, be sure everything is correctly connected, check out how sound the structure of your chimney is, and guarantee nothing is dangerously blocking the flue. All Seasons Chimney will ensure that your fireplace and chimney function correctly with no safety hazards present.

Want to beat the fall rush? Contact All Seasons Chimney to schedule your annual chimney sweeping and inspection sooner rather than later.

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.