“Why does my fireplace stink when I’m not using it?” This is a common question we hear from homeowners in Metro Detroit, MI. There are several potential causes of fireplace odors, and each cause has its own unique solution. Here we will explore how chimney sweeping and other services available through Brickworks Property Restoration can help you control your fireplace smell.
Why Is My Fireplace Smelly?
One of the most common causes of smelly fireplaces is a buildup of creosote. This is a chemical that is emitted when a fireplace is running. The smell may be worse on hot or humid days, like during the summer or right before a fall rain storm.
Another cause of fireplace odors is air coming in from small cracks in the chimney. If you have air channels in your brick or mortar, odors from outside can seep into your home. Depending on the air quality in your area, it could make the whole house smell just as bad or worse than it does outside.
Moisture coming into the fireplace can also cause it to smell. This could be the result of cracks in the chimney or an insufficient rain cap at the top of the chimney flue. The water will make the smell of the creosote much more potent, and it can also make the fireplace smell like mildew. Either way, you’ll end up with an unpleasant odor in your midst.
How To Fix A Stinky Fireplace
The first step in getting rid of fireplace odors is to invest in a thorough cleaning from a professional chimney sweep. Brickworks Property Restoration in Metro Detroit, MI offers full-service chimney sweeping to get your fireplace working and smelling its best. Our chimney sweeping process will remove the excess creosote in your chimney and significantly reduce the odors coming out of the fireplace.
In addition to getting your chimney swept, you should consider getting a chimney inspection to check for cracks and areas where moisture and air can get in. If you need tuckpointing, brick repairs, or anything else along those lines, you can get them now so you don’t have to deal with as much odor in the future.
Creosote can absorb into masonry, so a thorough chimney sweeping may not be enough to fully remove the smell. There are deodorants you can buy for your chimney to eliminate the leftover odor, or you could use products like baking soda and cat litter. We can go over all of these solutions and others during your professional chimney sweeping.