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Why Does My Chimney Smell in the Summer?

If you are noticing a strange smell coming from your chimney or fireplace during the summer, it is very likely due to deposits of creosote, a natural byproduct of wood-burning that may have built up on the walls of your chimney. People tend to notice the smell in the summer because of higher humidity outside meeting the cooler air of central air or window air-conditioning units. The airflow in your house tends to draw down the air in your chimney.

Causes of Odor Coming From Your Chimney
Though creosote build-up is the most common culprit, it is not the only one. Creosote deposits whose scent is making its way into your home is often described as smelling like asphalt or bad barbecue. If the odor you are smelling is not creosote, it could be something as simple as leaves that have fallen into your chimney that are decomposing. Or, if the odor you are smelling is musty and dank, it could indicate that water is sitting in the smoke chamber of your chimney. A more offensive smell like animal waste could be caused by mice, rats, birds, or other animals getting into your chimney and using it as their own personal restroom. And lastly, a smell that you cannot ignore could be a sign of a dead animal in your chimney.

The moral of the story, of course, is that it is extremely important to have your chimney properly maintained. At Brickworks Property Restoration we offer exceptional chimney sweep services. We’re trained professionals with deep ties to our community, which means that we are invested in doing a good job for you. If the smell coming from your chimney is due to animal infiltration or water, we will fix the problem quickly and thoroughly. If the smell is due to creosote deposits, we will also fix the problem, but you should be aware that this fix could well prevent a fire in your chimney the next time it is used. When creosote builds up on the walls of your chimney, it becomes a severe fire hazard. Creosote is a natural byproduct of burning wood, but the only reliable way of removing the creosote buildup is to hire a qualified professional team, like those of us at Brickworks Property Restoration, to do the job.

Chimney Sweep Services
Not all chimney smells indicate major problems. But if there is a chance that the smell coming from your chimney could be bigger than you may realize, we want you to know you have a professional nearby who will respond to the problem in the best possible way. Give us a call at 586-868-3234 and we will be happy to come out and take a look at your chimney.

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