Avoid Summer Chimney Smells
Have you noticed that your chimney starts to smell a little funky during the summer months? You’re not alone – this is a very common problem that many homeowners deal with as the temperature rises. There are a variety of different things that can cause your chimney to have an odor. Here’s why your chimney can start to stink in the summer and what you can do to freshen things up.
Causes of Summer Chimney Odors
There are a few different things that can cause your chimney to smell during the summer.
Heat and Moisture – Heat and humidity can make these odors even more intense. The buildup of moisture in your chimney can cause a musky odor. This happens when rain and snow seep into your chimney during the winter. If there are any cracks in your chimney, the water can start to seep in, causing even further structural damage. Excess moisture can also cause mold to grow in your chimney, which can make the musky smell even worse.
Creosote Buildup – Another common cause of chimney odors is creosote buildup. Creosote is a byproduct of wood-burning fires. It can build up in large quantities when burning freshly cut or wet logs, which is why it’s so important to make sure you’re only burning dry, seasoned wood. This creosote buildup typically results in a smoky, charred odor. Creosote can be a major fire hazard, so you’ll want to consult with a chimney professional about your next steps.
Natural Ways to Freshen Up Your Chimney
If you have noticed these unpleasant smells coming from your chimney, there are a few things you can do to remove them. The first thing is to sprinkle baking soda throughout your chimney and let it sit for a few days before sweeping it up. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer, so it can lessen the intensity of the smell. Placing a bowl of vinegar in your fireplace can also have a similar effect.
If your chimney odor is particularly intense, consider installing a draft stopper at the base of your chimney (not at the top!) This will keep any lingering odors from the top of your chimney out, and prevent them from making their way into your house as the air moves.
A Chimney Inspection Can Help
It’s also very important to have a professional assess your chimney for any bigger issues. For example, if creosote buildup is the cause of the odors, a professional can conduct a deep clean to remove it. Water buildup and structural damage could require more intense professional repairs. These chimney professionals have the tools and expertise to remove the odor and help keep your chimney in good condition.
If you live in Mercer County, New Jersey and have noticed unpleasant chimney smells in your home, Mercer County Chimney Service can help. We offer inspections, cleaning, repairs, installation, and more. Give us a call at (609)-802-5288 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.