Fireplace Odors

Any kind of odor coming from your fireplace is not a good one. Whatever you smell is telling you that there’s an issue that needs to be resolved. Some might be more obvious than others. An unpleasant rotting smell might make you run for the nearest window, but there are other less obvious odors that need attention as well.

Magic Broom Chimney Sweeps would like to help you uncover the source of your stinky fireplace, and give you the resources and services to resolve it.

What is that smell?

Odors from your fireplace can be completely normal or could indicate a more serious problem.

Odors from your fireplace can be completely normal or could indicate a more serious problem.

Following are common types of fireplace odors, and some solutions to rid them.

I smell burning fire—or is that asphalt? This is usually caused by creosote buildup in the chimney flue. Creosote is a substance that builds up and sticks to the inside of the chimney flue during fireplace fires. Large amounts of buildup cause this odor—a warning sign that your chimney is more susceptible to fires. In this case, Schedule a cleaning right away.

Smoke gets in your nose. Humidity and negative air pressure can cause air to be pushed down through the chimney, creating a smoky smell. Check to see if your damper is opening correctly. Installing a rain cap will keep unwanted moisture from entering the chimney, as well as serving as a spark arrestor. If these things don’t help, negative air pressure may be the culprit. Have a smoke exhaust fan installed to eliminate this issue.

Something stinks! A rotten odor can be from debris, droppings, or dead animals. It’s important to have your chimney cleaned and inspected to remove anything trapped inside, and then have a chimney cap installed to keep out any more unwanted intrusions.

Why does my chimney smell like an old basement? Musty smells are caused by humidity or sitting water. Install a rain cap and consider waterproofing to keep all that unwanted moisture out.

Always remember: schedule your annual inspection and cleaning to keep your chimney healthy. We serve the Waldorf, MD area, and several surrounding counties and cities. Give us a call at 301-843-1491 to schedule your service today!