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Have Your Chimney Swept Soon

If you’re like most of Northern California, you are gearing up for winter weather. As fall leaves begin to turn, it is the best time to prepare for fire burning season, and you can get a jump start by scheduling your chimney sweep today.

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The time between October and January is when chimney sweep companies are kept busy with installations, repairs, and emergency calls. It can be extremely difficult to get an appointment for routine maintenance during this time, and you may find it impossible! Don’t put it off. You still have a few weeks before temperatures dip, and if you schedule your chimney sweep now, you can rest assured that it will be fire-ready in time for winter.

The Importance of the Chimney Sweep

If you haven’t had your chimney swept since last year, you should have it done before you light your first fire of the year. There are problems that might have occurred over the summer months that went unnoticed. For instance, if your chimney cap became damaged or dislodged due to weather, your chimney is susceptible to water damage and animal intrusion. Even if an animal left your chimney safely, it still left behind debris that is flammable. Debris in the chimney, such as nesting materials, fur or feathers, or an animal carcass, can lead to a serious drop in efficiency, smoke problems, and fire.

If you haven’t had a leak or animal intrusion, your dirty chimney has set untouched this summer and is still dirty from last burn season. It’s important to have the soot, creosote, and ashes removed for the safest and most efficient fire possible.

What to Expect

A chimney sweep is an easy visit. It can be completed in one visit, requires minimal tools, and doesn’t affect the rest of your home whatsoever. When you schedule with White Glove, an experienced technician will come into the home and use special tools to reach into the flue and brush away the soot and creosote. Then he will remove these hazardous materials using an industrial vacuuming system that keeps all of the waste and dust from affecting your home, air, and belongings.

With each visit, we clean the entire chimney system as described above, and inspect it for damage and proper installations. We can service and maintain any brand and style of wood-burning stove, removing wood-burning inserts for a thorough cleaning, and inspecting the stove system.

Your chimney sweep can be completed whether the owner of the property is home or not, and findings only discussed with the property owner no matter who is paying for the service. If the property is tenant-occupied, the information will be sent to the owner.

Contact Us

With only a few months until winter, you should get your chimney sweep scheduled soon, and avoid any issues during your upcoming burn season. White Glove schedules chimney sweeps and inspections year-round, because we know how busy families can get. It’s our goal that our customers, new and old, can be safe and comfortable this winter.

You can schedule your chimney sweep online or call us today. Ask a White Glove technician about fireplace stain removal while you’re making your appointment!

By Bob Ferrari on September 7th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Get Your Wall Furnace Cleaned Before Winter

It is almost time for winter, and you don’t want to be caught in the cold with a damaged, dirty, or otherwise unsafe furnace. The best way to keep your family and property safe is to have your heat systems professionally cleaned and assessed before fall. Scheduling now means you can avoid the fall rush–the months between October and January when chimney sweep companies are busy with emergency calls, repairs, and installations. Schedule your cleaning now, and get the appointment time you want, the service you need, and even your preferred technician.

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All heat appliances should be cleaned regularly to maintain the highest level of safety and efficiency. Even a quality product, can become a problem if it’s not maintained properly, and a wall furnace can become a dangerous source of carbon monoxide in your home if it malfunctions.

What to Expect During a Cleaning?

When you have your wall furnace serviced, a White Glove professional will come into your home with the highest level of professionalism. Then the technician will disassemble, clean, and inspect the wall furnace for damages and flaws. Since a wall furnace only requires a thorough cleaning every few years, this is an important appointment. A White Glove technician will thoroughly clean the flue and heat exchanger before putting the system back together and checking it before the end of the appointment.

Other Tips to Stay Safe

You should have your wall furnace checked by a PG & E technician when you have your pilot light ignited for the season. This will ensure that the fuel connection is safe and will not cause a dangerous leak or fire this winter.

Facts About Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is often called the silent killer, because it causes severe illness, organ failure, and death, oftentimes without being noticed. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often confused with common cold or stomach flus, and can even present as neurological or psychiatric disorders. Whether a slow, small leak, or a fast leak, the symptoms can often leading to the organs shutting down. It may even lead to death. 89 percent of carbon monoxide poisoning incidents occur in the home. The best way to prevent the occurrence is to have your heat sources checked and maintained properly. Another preventative measure is to install carbon monoxide detectors. We recommend multiple carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home, and on each level of the home. This way, your family is not caught off guard, and your health and life is not in danger.

Work With Us

White Glove Chimney and Air Duct strives to put customer safety first. The fireplace is not the only danger in your home. Your chimney, wall furnaces, and even dryer vents can put your family at risk if they are not maintained. Call White Glove today, and ask an expert about our preventative services.

By Bob Ferrari on August 18th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

It’s Camping Season and We Have Your Kamp-rite Gear

Even the most seasoned campers avoid the dangerously buggy spring months, and the muggy, hot summer months. Fall is the favorite time to camp, and you can be prepared if you start now.

The ‘Rite’ Gear

White Glove’s House of Fire is not only fireplaces! We also have grills, fire pits, and camping gear! Just as White Glove prides itself on being Northern California’s choice for comprehensive chimney care and dryer vent maintenance, we also sell the best products on the market for camping.

Kamp-Rite Gear

Founded in 1999, Kamp-Rite made its mark on the camping world by creating one innovative product that improved the camping experience. Since then, their team has grown, and they have gone from that one product to 35, but the vision remains the same. Camp-Rite combines comfort and convenience while continuing to create innovative and user-friendly products that encourage people to experience nature. This can be appreciated by amateurs and seasoned outdoorsmen alike, and it’s why our customers keep coming back for Kamp-Rite Gear.

Get These 7 Kamp-Rite Products from White Glove

White Glove offers a small selection of Kamp-Rite products, and they all come with a 1-year unlimited warranty from manufacture defect. All you have to do is hold onto your receipt in order to receive the replacement or repair necessary.

  1. The Kamp-Rite Kwik Set Hammock doesn’t need a tree–or even two! It’s easy to carry along on your outings, and it doesn’t matter if it’s sand or rocky forest. This hammock doesn’t even need a smooth surface to enjoy an afternoon lounging.
  2. The Kamp-Rite Cook Table With Insulated Bag means your food stays freshly stored in the cupboard beneath the table. All you have to do is set it up, and enjoy the spread.
  3. The Kamp-Rite Kwik Pantry With Cook Table features an insulated storage area for food and utensils. It’s simple to set up, and has a stable table top that can hold a portable grill, or any other cooking tools.
  4. The Kamp-Rite Director’s Chair With Side Table is easy to set up, has a small table space, and a cup holder. This chair takes the “camp chair” to the next level.
  5. The Kamp-Rite Chair With Detachable Footrest is comfortable with or without the footrest. This chair is especially great for relaxing or sunning on the beach.
  6. The Kamp-Rite Original Tent Cot is Kamp-Rite’s first product, and is still a favorite. Sleep above the ground in a a durable tent, or lounge on top of its star-gazing. It’s easy to set up the tent portion when you’re ready for sleep.
  7. The Kamp-Rite Double Tent Cot is designed to fit two, so take your significant other or child on that outing you’ve been avoiding. With this double tent cot, there is no fuss. It’s easy to put together, and you will wake up refreshed!

Check Out Kamp-Rite at White Glove

At White Glove, we value our customers and strive to only offer products that will benefit them. We know that Northern Californians love to camp, enjoy the outdoors, and are proud supporters of innovative products. To learn more about the Kamp-Rite products that we carry you can contact House of Fire staff, or click here for setup demonstration videos.

By Bob Ferrari on August 4th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Things to Look for in a Grill

When you’re looking for a grill, especially this late into summer, you want one that will make it worth your while. By choosing a multi-functional grill with a limited lifetime warranty, you are getting the best grill on the market!

The Safire Kamado: The Grill You’re Looking For

At White Glove, we sell and maintain only the best products on the market, whether it’s chimney components, hearth products, or grills. We sell the Saffire Kamado Grill and Smoker because it offers everything that we look for in a grill including:Things to Look for in a Grill Image - Chico CA- White Glove Chimney

Warranty- When you purchase a Saffire Kamado Grill and Smoker from a qualified retailer, it is covered under a limited lifetime warranty.

Durable Materials – Saffire Grills are equipped with durable stainless steel hardware, a solid cast stainless steel control top, and ceramic interior for heat deflection.

Convenience – The Smokin’ Chip Feeder allows you to feed your flame without affecting your food. You don’t need to remove the grate, drop chips through it, or get them on your food. The Smokin’ Chip Feeder makes sure the wood chips get exactly where they need to be to have the best result.

Accessibility – The Kamado Grill has a fire access door and easily adjustable damper control to control the flame. The grill is easily installed at counter height, and doesn’t have to have special cut-outs to fit nicely and be used properly.

Multi-Layer Cooking – Many grills are large and bulky because the cooking area is spread over a large area. This is not a problem with the Kamado’s layering system. By using multiple cooking grids, you’re able to cook on three separate surfaces in one unit. And no matter how many layers of cooking you use, the efficiency of the Kamado Grill doesn’t decrease.

Safety- If you grill as a family with small children, host get-togethers, or just want to avoid the heat created from a standard grill, the Kamado Grill is for you. It is safer than a typical patio grill because it uses all the heat it produces. The surface of the Kamado Grill stays cooler to the touch than most grills on the market, making it less likely to burn when touched.

Advantages of Choosing the Kamado Grill and Smoker

While the Kamado Grill and Smoker may fit exactly what you’re looking for in a grill, there are even more advantages to this system of grilling!

  • The tight seal helps retain heat which means less fuel to get the job done.
  • The efficient design means less airflow and loss of moisture, producing a food product that is juicy and flavorful.
  • The wide temperature range makes it possible to seer, bake, grill, and smoke with ease, using the temperature control.
  • Because the grill is designed with efficiency in mind, it uses 1/2 to 1/4 less charcoal than other popular brands.

When you’re looking at grills to work for you year-round, don’t settle for something that covers the basics, when you can go above and beyond with the Kamado Grill and Smoker. At White Glove’s House of Fire there is always an expert on staff who loves to talk grills! You can schedule an appointment using our online scheduling tool.

By Bob Ferrari on July 21st, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Why Creosote Removal is Important

When a fire burns, there are natural byproducts that flow up and out of your chimney system. Included among the smoke, microscopic particles, and water vapors, is soot and creosote. Like soot, creosote is a black, powdery substance that can coat your flue liner. Because creosote consists mostly of tar, it is sticky in nature and once it sticks to your flue liner, it continues to stick, building up sometimes into a dangerous fire hazard.

Early Detection and Removal

Creosote is one major reason why you should schedule chimney sweeps for your system. At a routine chimney sweep, a certified technician is able to remove creosote from your chimney’s interior using standard sweeping tools–brushes and vacuuming system. Removing creosote early not only keeps you safer during the winter, but prevents odors in the summer. When summer humidity mingles with the soot and creosote in your chimney, it can become stinky, making your home smell like a dirty barbecue grill! These odors will persist and the creosote becomes more difficult to remove as it reaches glazed creosote.

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If your chimney creosote has reached level three, or glazed creosote, it is a fire hazard. This means the creosote has been in your chimney and undergone a heating and cooling cycle for several months or years. Because of its tar content, the creosote becomes super-heated and melts into tar-like liquid, which is why it’s sometimes called tar-glazed creosote. It evaporates during high temperatures, leaving behind a hard mass of concentrated fuel that not only obstructs airflow in the flue, but is also highly flammable. It’s also harder to remove than powdery residue in the chimney.

Creosote Lowers Efficiency and Safety

Creosote buildup in the chimney means the flue liner is no longer smooth for optimal air flow. The rough, dirty walls lead to slowed airflow, which means the hot air stalls in the chimney. When the hot air stalls in the chimney, sparks can easily ignite the highly flammable glazed creosote resulting in a dangerous fire. The concentrated fuel found in a creosote-filled flue, results in a hot fire that can devastate other parts of your home, weakening supports, and burning through to your home.

What You Can Do

Creosote will always be released in your chimney, but there are things you can do to minimize the buildup and keep your family safe.

  • Burn only properly-seasoned firewood. Green wood releases more creosote into your chimney system, so it’s important to choose dry wood for your fires. Seasoned firewood also raises efficiency.
  • Schedule routine maintenance including chimney sweeps and inspections. This is the only time a certified professional will get a look at your chimney and catch weaknesses in your system. Cleaning away the creosote before it builds up is vital to prevent a creosote fire.
  • Practice good fire habits. Don’t starve your fire or let it smolder. This slows the draft that should carry residue up the chimney quickly, minimizing the buildup.

For a quick reference, check out this community handout about creosote fires and prevention. Magic Sweep also has chimney and fire experts standing by to take calls and provide professional services to keep homeowners in the Chico, CA area safe and comfortable. Schedule an appointment online or call today at 530-924-3164.

By Bob Ferrari on July 7th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Importance of a Healthy Chimney Crown

Of all the parts that keep your chimney working properly, the chimney crown is one of the most important. It not only keeps the chimney dry, inside and out but also determines the health and life of your chimney. Unfortunately, the crown is often overlooked because it is hard to see.  A homeowner most likely won’t even know it’s damaged before it results in a problem.

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Water penetration is one of the most damaging things that can happen to your masonry. Masonry is constructed of many materials, all of which are adversely affected by water. In fact, it can destroy a masonry chimney from the inside out. If water is allowed inside your chimney it can cause rusted and malfunctioning parts, deteriorated assemblies and central heating system, water-stained, rotted, and weakened building supports and materials, and structural damage to the chimney and home. Water damage over time can cause astronomical costs, as well as increased risk to health and property.

Prevent Water Damage

Your chimney is designed to prevent water penetration. To keep water out of all parts of the chimney, there are many parts that have to be defended. Chimney caps, chimney crowns, flashing, and sealant all play a vital role in preventing chimney leaks. The chimney cap works together with a chimney crown to keep water out of the top of the chimney. If the cap is functional, but the crown is damaged, water will fall directly into the chimney. If the cap and the crown are in good condition, but the flashing is damaged or installed incorrectly, water will penetrate at the intersection of the roof and chimney. It is important for all parts of the chimney to be installed correctly, and to be assessed routinely.

Schedule Annual Inspections

Both the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend annual chimney inspections for the safest and most efficient chimney system. It’s at this annual inspection that a certified chimney sweep will physically assess all readily accessible portions of your chimney system, including the chimney crown.

Your Chimney Crown Check-Up

If your technician finds a problem with your chimney crown, you aren’t completely out of luck. This doesn’t have to be an expensive repair. In fact, many chimney crowns that have minor damage can be repaired with a waterproofing sealant by one of our chimney experts. This sealant extends the life of your chimney crown by fifteen years and prevents water penetration and further damage immediately.

For more extensive damage, our expert masons are able to recast a custom crown for your chimney, then waterproof it so that it lasts as long as your chimney! Our technicians are experienced in constructing chimney crowns that are beautiful, functional, long-lasting, and up to industry standards. A chimney crown should reach from the chimney flue across the chimney opening at a slight slope. The crown should hang over the edge of the chimney at least two inches in order for water to run off appropriately.

If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual chimney inspection, call White Glove today so that one of our certified chimney sweeps can diagnose and repair your broken down chimney crown before it results in costly damage.

By Bob Ferrari on June 23rd, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Evaporative Cooling Versus Air Conditioning

Warm weather has arrived, and summer is around the corner. Children are out of school, so there are more bodies in the house. It’s hot, but you may avoid switching on the air conditioning because it costs so much in utilities. You may not know there’s an alternative.

Introducing the Evaporative Cooler

Also called the Swamp Cooler, the system of an evaporative cooler is not a new one. It’s thought that evaporative cooling has been used since ancient Egypt, but we know it was used in the Southwest states before electricity was widely used. Homeowners would hang damp sheets in the windows of their porches, and sleep there for the night. The air would blow through the damp sheets, resulting in cool air. This system has been refined and now exists in the form of evaporative coolers, which use water more than electricity, to cool warm, outside air.

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The evaporative cooler uses water, so the reservoir has to be filled to work properly. The machine, which can be the size of a standard air conditioner if not larger, pulls air in and through damp pads. The water molecules on the pad cool the air as it flows through, and out into the house. The hot air in the house is pushed out through a vented window.

Benefits and Drawbacks

Because evaporative coolers draw air from outside the house, homeowners benefit from fresh air circulation all the time. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it costs about half as much to install an evaporative cooler as it does to install a standard air conditioning unit and uses about one-fourth the energy. Considering a swamp cooler or an air conditioner should last several years, these savings add up!

Unfortunately, because swamp coolers use water to cool the outside air, they don’t work properly in humid areas. For the highest efficiency and most savings, swamp coolers should be used in areas that have 15-30% humidity. As for the rest of the country, they’re stuck with air conditioners, unfortunately.

Air Conditioning in America

About three-quarters of American homes have air conditioners, and they account for 6% of the electricity produced in the United States. The cost? $29 billion to homeowners collectively and the environmental cost is even greater. Unlike evaporative coolers, air conditioners circulate the same air. This means if you want fresh air, you have to open a door and shut off the AC.

Additionally, air conditioners only continue to work up to a certain temperature, when they stall out and freeze up. Evaporative coolers, however, work better in extreme temperatures. Higher temperatures mean the air is less humid, and even if the water in the tank is warm, the science still works the same. The water cools the air as it flows through. Homeowners may like the versatility of an air conditioning system–either central air conditioning or a window unit. Swamp coolers are usually installed on the roof for large homes and commercial businesses, but sometimes are installed in a window and look much like an air conditioning unit.

If you’re interested in finding out how a swamp cooler can benefit you, call White Glove and talk to one of our experts today. Our service area in northern California is the perfect climate for evaporative cooling, and we sell and install the best swamp coolers on the market.

By Bob Ferrari on June 9th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

The Benefits of Waterproofing Your Chimney

A chimney is built to last. In fact, it should be standing long after your home, but it may not be functional. Even strong, well-constructed masonry can be damaged by water. Water penetration is the most damaging thing that can happen to your chimney system, and it’s preventable.

The Problem with Water

Masonry is constructed of various materials, most of which are adversely affected by water, so prevention is important. If the chimney system is penetrated by water it can cause substantial damage to all parts of the chimney and home including:

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  • Deteriorated metal or masonry firebox assemblies
  • Rusted fireplace accessories and glass doors
  • Rotting adjacent wood and ruined wall coverings
  • Water stained walls and ceiling
  • Clogged clean out area
  • Deteriorated central heating system
  • Stained chimney exterior
  • Decayed exterior mortar
  • Cracked or deteriorated flue lining system
  • Collapsed hearth support
  • Tilted or collapsed chimney structure
  • Chimney settlement

Water damages the chimney from the inside out and is hard to recognize before there is a real problem. By the time the average homeowner detects a chimney leak, it’s caused damage behind the scenes. It’s best to assess regularly and make yourself aware of the signs of damage.

Be Aware

  1. Look and listen for dripping in the chimney and fireplace. Dripping means water is in the system already and might have caused damage.
  2. Moldy/mildewy odors from the fireplace and chimney clean-out area means water has been in the chimney long enough for bacteria to grow.
  3. Dark stains on the interior or white stains on the exterior are a clear indication of water penetration.
  4. A leak in any part of the house is most likely from the chimney. When water enters the home by way of the chimney, it can run through ceilings and walls for several feet before it pools and leaks through.
  5. Missing or damaged flashing or chimney cap means that water is falling into the flue opening and/or into the intersection of roof and chimney.

Call a Professional and Avoid Chimney Water Damage

When you suspect a chimney leak, your first call should be to your chimney sweep. A general contractor will not know how to properly assess and repair your masonry chimney. You should also call your insurance provider.

When your chimney sweep arrives, you will get a diagnostic assessment. Our sweeps are experienced in not only detecting damage but also finding the source of the leak itself. Then so that we can repair the damage, and fix the problem so there’s no reoccurrence.

We like to finish the job by preventing water penetration in the future. Our technicians can apply a waterproofing sealant that prevents water molecules from entering the chimney at all while allowing vapors and smoke to continue to escape.

Are you interested in preventing a chimney leak before it causes catastrophic damage to your masonry? Look no further than White Glove Chimney and Air Duct. Start your scheduling now and you can avoid damage from summer storms and be ready for winter.

By Bob Ferrari on May 26th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Include Dryer Vent Cleaning in Your Spring To-do List

While you plan your spring cleaning, auto maintenance, and decluttering, don’t forget your dryer vent. The reason for this necessary maintenance every year is largely for safety and longevity. Your car will last longer if maintained. It’s the same with your clothes dryer and similar appliances. Many homeowners make the mistake of assuming that large household appliances are low maintenance. The clothes dryer, especially, needs routine maintenance because of the risk it poses if it’s not properly maintained.

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  • According to the U.S. Fire Administration there are 2,900 clothes dryer fires each year.
  • There are five deaths each year as a result of clothes dryer fires.
  • There are 100 injuries each year as a result of clothes dryer fires.
  • Clothes dryer fires result in $35 million worth of property damage each year.
  • The leading cause of clothes dryer fires is failure to clean the dryer vent.
  • Clothes dryer fires most often occur during fall and winter months, peaking in January.

Prevent a Fire, Call a Professional

A professional should service your clothes dryer each year. A professional will clean the dryer vent thoroughly, removing flammable lint buildups, and improve efficiency. Then, they will finish with a quick inspection of the dryer vent. Scheduling your dryer vent cleaning in the spring means that it will work well and last longer, but it will also correct some annoying problems that occur when a dryer vent is clogged–problems that can affect your utility bill this summer.

These annoyances are clear signs that you need to schedule a cleaning:

  • Your dryer is unusually hot and heats the room where it’s installed, and sometimes the whole house.
  • Your dryer and the room where it’s installed is humid, with moisture beading on the walls and windows while the dryer is in use.
  • It takes more than one cycle to dry a moderately sized load of laundry.

If your dryer isn’t venting the heat, moisture, and lint, you’ll be able to tell. You will find lint in your home, as well as find it difficult to cool the house while the dryer is in use. The most common indicator the there’s a clog, however, is a drop in efficiency. If your dryer doesn’t completely dry a load in one cycle, then there is a clog in the vent–maybe a dangerous one. Not only is it a fire hazard, but if the dryer takes two or three times what it should to dry clothes, then it shortens the life of your dryer by two of three times. The average dryer or washer should last ten years according to consumer studies, but it can shorten to a mere three years if a clog is allowed to persist.

You can hire a professional to clean your dryer vent today, and lengthen the life of your dryer as well. At White Glove Chimney and Air Duct we know that dryer vents can be as dangerous as a chimney if neglected. Our technicians are trained and experienced in installing, cleaning, and repairing clothes dryer vents and are happy to discuss questions or concerns you might have. Contact us today!

By Bob Ferrari on May 12th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

What Causes Chimney Odors?

So, you have your dream fireplace and beautiful chimney. The last thing you want is to be run out of house and home by foul odors! However, when the weather warms, you may be surprised to find that your chimney is beginning to stink—and it’s not pleasant.

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  • Musty Odors.
    Musty/moldy odors often mean that your chimney has a leak. Also, that there is water sitting in the smoke chamber. This allows mold growth inside the chimney flue, fireplace, and masonry.
  • Smoky/BBQ Odors.
    Smoky odors can mean that your chimney has a draft that is pushing air into your home from the chimney system. This can occur even with the damper closed. Additionally, it occurs when the the fireplace and chimney haven’t been cleaned. Why? Humidity combines with soot and creosote, resulting in this particular smell.
  • Rotting/Decomposition Odors.
    Foul odors like that of rotting leaves and wildlife has a distinct odor. In addition, dead animals have a distinct odor all on their own. These types of odor means there may be a dead animal, animal feces, or just a debris buildup in your chimney system that is decomposing.

When to Call a Professional

Do you suspect there is a dead animal in your chimney system? If so, you should call a professional right away to have it removed. Dead and decomposing animals release harmful gases and can also be diseased. It’s also generally unpleasant, as most foul odors are.

Evidence of a leaky chimney, like musty and moldy odors, are also a good reason to call a professional. Not only could there be damage to the masonry and other parts of the chimney system, but the source of the leak needs to be found. A professional chimney sweep should repair damage and correct the source of the leak. Plus, finish by waterproofing the system to prevent recurrence.

What You Can Do

If your chimney emits odors, it’s a pretty strong indication that it needs to be cleaned, no matter what type of smell it is. Both the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend regular chimney sweeps and annual chimney inspections. This is for the safest and most efficient use of your chimney. If your chimney is cleaned and inspected annually, there shouldn’t be a buildup that can result in foul odors. However, if it has been cleaned regularly and you still experience foul odors, there may be a case of negative pressure. This can be corrected with minor changes.

If you’re unsure about the cause of your chimney woes, you should call a professional and have it checked out.  A chimney expert at White Glove can clean, assess, waterproof, and close out your chimney properly for the off-season. With our help you will have a fire-ready chimney this fall, and won’t be bothered by unwelcome odors in the meantime!

Call White Glove today or request an appointment online.

By Bob Ferrari on April 27th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment