Some studies say women and children are better at detecting odors than men. (Notice we didn’t say “women and children smell better,” because that might be misinterpreted.) At Northeastern Masonry & Chimney, we’re not olfactory researchers, but if a woman or child says your chimney smells, pay attention. And if a man says your chimney smells, you really better listen up.
If you notice chimney odors, how should you respond? Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has experience and expertise on this troublesome issue. Naturally, chimney and fireplace odors are related since they are part of the same system. At times, it might be difficult to distinguish fireplace odors from chimney odors. So, it is worth investigating to discern what type of odor you are experiencing and what is causing it.
We suggest that you have our professionals undertake some detective work to determine the type of odor your chimney is giving off. Generally speaking, if your chimney smells like tar or asphalt, it’s probably coming from a buildup of creosote on your chimney walls. A musty odor likely indicates some sort of water intrusion. And odors that smell like decomposing materials might be signs of rotting leaves, soot or even animal droppings or dead creatures.
As for probably the most common odor cause, creosote buildup, the Chimney Safety Institute of America, or CSIA, notes that 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.” With that cautionary comment from the CSIA, that means it is an optimum time to address any chimney odors that might be invading your living space. Now is a good time to discover the cause and correct the problem.
As noted, water intrusion is a common cause of musty chimney odors. Moisture intrusion can damage chimney linings, bricks or mortar, and Northeastern Masonry & Chimney encounters this issue frequently. If this is the case in your dwelling, you’ll probably need to have a chimney cap or top-mounted damper installed to keep rainwater and moisture out.
Don’t guess. Instead of merely speculating about the potential causes of your chimney odor problem, or its solution, call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney to take a look. Let us help you to find a solution to the root cause. 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 17,000 customers later), Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has been sniffing chimney and fireplace odors and gladly clearing the air for folks throughout the Capital District, Poughkeepsie, and western Massachusetts.