Why Does My Chimney Smell? - Kansas City Chimney Service

Dirty dishes and trash are two things that can often leave a foul odor in your home, and they are generally an easy fix.  However, your chimney can also produce smells when it is dirty or the weather changes.  If you are experiencing these problems or anything else chimney related, call the professionals at Fluesbrothers Chimney Sweep.

Creosote Buildup

Smelly chimney in Prairie Village KSWhen creosotes build up inside of your chimney, they will begin to smell over a short amount of time.  To reduce these chances it is recommended that you get one, if not two chimney sweeps.  This is when an experienced professional will come to your home and clean out the inside of your chimney, removing any type of blockage that may have formed.  One should be performed after burning season to remove the creosotes, and the other before burning season to build up any natural debris that may have built over the summer months.  If you live in a hot, humid environment your chimney will smell worse just because of the weather changes.  Also, running an air conditioner or rain will contribute to the stinky chimney cause.  If creosotes are left too long they will sink into the structure of the chimney and will not be able to be removed.  This is one reason to keep all of your chimney needs up to date.

Mold In Your Chimney

Mold can also contribute a slight odor to the home when it spreads from just the chimney’s foundation and further into the home’s air supply and foundation.  When wet weather freezes and thaws on the structure, it will begin to crack the bricks and filling in between.  This is when rainwater has the opportunity to collect inside.  This water can turn into mold in as little as one or two days.  One way to reduce the chances of this happening is to have your chimney waterproofed.  Technicians will come to your house on a dry day and perform a sweep.  After, they will apply a coat of special sealant to your chimney.  If you live in an area that has extra precipitation, it is wise to have more than one coat.  Your technician will be able to suggest what is appropriate.