Is Your Chimney Smelling Funky?

It’s hot everywhere along the West Coast right now and the last thing you’re probably thinking about is your chimney – that is, of course, provided it’s not making a strange smell to coincide with increased temperatures. Summer heat and humidity can wreck havoc on many aspects of your home, but your chimney is particularly vulnerable if you’ve been neglecting its care for a while. A CSIA-certified chimney sweep can help diagnose any chimney problem, big or small, but through the process of elimination you should be able to determine what’s causing your chimney stink.

1. Creosote

The main suspect of any chimney problem, creosote accumulates within the interior of a chimney after months or years of use without cleaning. Creosote gets deposited with the condensation of burning wood and gathers without uniformity along the outside of your chimney’s walls. Creosote can also give off a strong odor that gets stronger as temperatures rise. If you’re unsure about whether or not you have creosote in your chimney, use a flashlight and look up your fireplace or contact a chimney sweep.

2. Water Leaks

Water and moisture entering your chimney can create a growth environment for mold and mildew as well as harmful bacteria. If allowed to emanate throughout your home, it could contribute to reduced indoor air quality and potentially cause problems for your family’s health. Leaking chimneys are a sign that your chimney cap needs to be replaced, but sometime leaks in the masonry itself can be the culprit.

3. Dead Animals

It’s an unfortunate possibility that comes along with being a homeowner, but sometimes critters enter your chimney and become trapped inside. The resulting smell is wholly unpleasant, but so is the removal of the animal. A chimney sweep can perform this task and take steps to prevent accidental animal entry in the future.

Chimcare is uniquely capable of any number of chimney repair, cleaning, and restoration projects and has been serving the Portland area for over 25 years. Contact us today to discuss your chimney repair and cleaning needs or to schedule a chimney sweep appointment today!

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