Your fireplace should enhance your living area, giving it more personalty and warmth when you need it. However, if your fireplace is producing bad smells, it can really make your living areas unbearable. There are a lot of different reasons why your fireplace could be giving off odors. At Northeastern Masonry and Chimney, we want to help you narrow down what is causing these odors and remedy the situation for you.

Why is my chimney smelly?

white masonry chimneyThere are a lot of reasons why your chimney could be producing smelly odors. However, there are some causes that are more common than others. The first thing we need to determine is why chimney odors are coming down your chimney. One common reason for this is negative air pressure. Modern homes are sealed up very tightly to trap air in your home. Although this improves your home’s energy efficiency, it can also have the side effect of creating negative air pressure in your home. This means that outside air is drawn in through your chimney and into your home, bringing odors with it.

What causes these chimney odors?

There are things you can do to address issues with negative air pressure. The easiest solution is to crack open a window, but this is just a short-term solution. Unless you want to keep your windows open all the time, you will need to take further actions. In normal conditions, your damper should block air from coming down your chimney. If it isn’t, you will need a new damper . If this is the case, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified technicians at Northeastern Masonry and Chimney can install a top-sealing damper for you. A top sealing damper seals your chimney tightly, which blocks air and other things from entering.

How can I address these chimney odors?

Another cause of chimney odor has to do with moisture. If water enters your fireplace, it often brings with it a musty odor. If moisture mixes with creosote inside your chimney, it can cause a smoky/barbecue odors. Moisture issues are usually a product of faulty or damaged moisture prevention mechanisms, such as your chimney cap, chimney crown, or flashing. If you notice moisture dripping from your chimney or fireplace, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney can help you determine the problem and help you solve it. This could include installing new chimney components, applying a sealant to your masonry, or repairing masonry.

Most chimney odor issues can be resolved by scheduling an annual chimney inspection with one of the CSIA chimney technicians at Northeastern Masonry and Chimney. Don’t let your smelly chimney ruin your home’s ambiance anymore! Call Northeastern Masonry and Chimney at (518) 767-9315 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today!