The last thing you may be thinking about during the summer is your fireplace and chimney, but unpleasant odors could remind you very quickly. As the weather gets hotter and more humid, it can cause certain things inside your chimney to release stinky smells that can enter your home. With over 20 years of experience in chimney maintenance and repair services, Ace Chimney Sweeps knows how to prevent these odors from invading your living spaces. We would like to tell you more about what causes spring and summer chimney odors and how we can help you avoid any smelly situations.

Spring and Summer Chimney Odors - Elkton MD - Ace Chimney

What causes these unpleasant odors coming from my chimney?

One of the main sources of unpleasant chimney odors is creosote. Not only is this natural compound that develops during the combustion process of burning wood dangerously flammable, but it also as a strong, smoky smell. Heat and humidity causes creosote to smell even stronger. If you smell a smoky odor that is similar to burned barbeque, you have a creosote problem. Another source of stinky chimney smells has to do with water leaking into your chimney. If you have water standing in your smoke chamber, a musty odor can come from this problem. Water can mix with soot and leaves in your chimney, and this can cause a rotting smell. While these odor sources are definitely serious, the most serious chimney odor can come from an animal or bird that got trapped inside your chimney. You may notice a strong smell from its droppings. If the critter died in your chimney, it can leave an unbearable stench.

How can Ace Chimney Sweeps prevent these odors from occurring?

The best way to keep chimney odors from invading your home this summer is to schedule a spring chimney sweeping and inspection from our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweeps. The CSIA warns that dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires as well as strong, unpleasant odors. When we sweep your chimney, we will remove every bit of creosote from the inner walls of your chimney. Not only will this reduce your risk of a chimney fire, but it will also prevent its stinky smell from getting into your home. After we clean your chimney from top to bottom, we will then inspect your chimney to look for signs of water leaks and other damage. We specialize in fixing leaky chimneys. Once the leaks have been repaired, we can install a good-quality chimney cap on top of your chimney. A chimney cap will keep water out of your chimney, and it can also prevent birds and animals from being able to get into your chimney. This can solve future chimney odor issues.

Keep your home smelling sweet this spring and summer. Contact us at Ace Chimney Sweeps to schedule a professional chimney sweeping and inspection from our certified chimney technicians today.