Studies suggest that women have a keener sense of smell than men. Children too are said to possess an acute awareness of smell. Whether you are a man, woman, or child, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney wants to alert you to chimney odors.

We do have lots of experience on this smelly issue. Chimney and fireplace odors are related since they are part of the same system. Although it might be difficult to distinguish fireplace odors from chimney odors, it is worth having us investigate.

There can be several reasons why your chimney is giving off an unpleasant odor.

Let’s address each of them.

  1.  Critters, R.I.P.
    If a critter got caught in your chimney and succumbed, that can be a source of chimney odor. Or perhaps animals left a nest or other remains that decomposed. Animal-related issues are not the most common cause of chimney odors, but they bear looking into, or smelling into.
  2. The Autumn, or Summer, Spring, or Winter, Leaves.
    It is possible that rotting leaves, small twigs, or other vegetation can get lodged in your chimney and leave a resulting smell. It’s a very fixable problem.
  3. Water Intrusion.
    Water intrusion is a common cause of chimney odors, especially if a musty odor is your problem. Moisture intrusion can damage chimney linings, bricks or mortar. As a remedy, you may simply need a chimney cap or top-mounted damper installed to keep rainwater and moisture out. Let Northeastern Masonry & Chimney take a look.
  4. Downdraft.
    In the summer, when you are not building fires, air may be coming down the chimney, instead of going up and out. You may need to open a window in the same room or seal off the top of the chimney in the summer.
  5. Creosote.
    Bingo. The most common cause of chimney odor is creosote buildup. If your chimney smells like tar or asphalt, it’s probably coming from a buildup of creosote on your chimney walls. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, or CSIA, creosote is a natural byproduct of wood-burning. The odor is usually worse in the summer when the humidity is high and the air conditioner is turned on. That means summer is the ideal time to address chimney odors.

Call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney.

Let us help you find a solution. We’ll give you a professional diagnosis and suggest practical and affordable options to fix the problem based on our vast and successful experience. We are proud to say we have technicians certified by the CSIA.

Call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney at 518-767-9315 or make an appointment online today.

Since 1993 (and more than 17,000 customers later), Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has been sniffing chimney and fireplace odors and clearing the air for folks throughout eastern New York and western Massachusetts. Take advantage of warmer weather (and less fireplace use) by fixing chimney odors now.