You might have noticed it during the busyness of summer, but now can’t help but wonder about the smell coming from the fireplace. Whether it is wafting out or is only noticeable with doors or damper open, chimney odors are never a good thing. In fact, chimney odors always indicate a chimney problem. What type of problem can be determined by the smell itself.

Barbecue/Smoky OdorsChimney inspection
An odor that reminds you of a dirty barbecue grill is not welcome in the house. It is not only unappetizing, but a clear indication that the chimney system is dirty. If your fireplace smells of smoke when there is no fire, the smell isn’t smoke! It’s soot and creosote left behind from last year, and if allowed to stay in the system, it may buildup and cause a drop in efficiency and even raise the risk of fire. Always clean the chimney before fall to avoid dangerous creosote buildup and a drop in efficiency that puts your home at risk. Schedule a chimney sweep with White Glove today.

Mildew/Moldy Odors
Your fireplace and chimney system should never have water or moisture long enough to allow a mildew or mold smell. If it does, there is likely a leak, and one that’s been present long enough for bacteria to grow. That means there is most likely substantial damage to hidden portions of the system. Chimney leaks can cause:
-Rust
-Deterioration
-Rot
-Staining
-Leaks
-Clogs
-Cracks
-Gaps
-Decay
-Settlement

Prevent chimney leaks by schedule CSIA inspections annually, by making repairs when they’re needed, and by scheduling waterproofing services. When you schedule professional waterproofing services with White Glove, an experienced technician will apply Chimneysaver’s water repellent, which keeps water molecules out while letting the chimney breathe. It doesn’t change the look of the chimney, and will protect against water for years to come.

Decomposition Odors
The smell of decaying matter or decomposition is very distinct, and if you smell it in your chimney it only means one thing: something inside your chimney was once alive, and is now dead. It could be an animal, or may just be leaves or other debris. These things were left in the chimney system and as they decompose, they release gases and odors that are not only frustrating, but unwelcome. This is another indication that your chimney needs a sweeping before your first fire of the season. This material can cause a fire and slow airflow, dropping efficiency, and odors that persist throughout winter and spring as temperatures and humidity fluctuates.

Don’t assume that chimney odors are something you have to put up with. A healthy chimney system will not smell. If your chimney stinks, then you should involve a professional now because it needs professional services before burn season.

Call White Glove at 530-924-3164 or schedule online today.