Why does my fireplace smell up the house?

The two most common causes of fireplace odors are water seeping into the chimney and negative air pressure in the home causing the smells to enter the room rather than leave the chimney through the roof. This negative air pressure can cause odors to enter the home, no matter what the cause.

Why does my fireplace smell so bad?

Fireplace smells come from creosote deposits in your chimney, a natural byproduct of burning wood. Chimney odors are usually worse in the summer when the humidity is high, on rainy days, and/or when the air conditioner is running. The real problem is air coming down the chimney, a symptom of overall pressure problems.

How do you get rid of creosote smell?

In the past, the only option for creosote odor removal was time-consuming, labor-intensive scraping away of the creosote coating, followed by sanding the wood surface and applying shellac. Even then, the treatment would not eliminate the smell. Today, a much easier and more effective solution is available: CreoShield™.

How do you get a musty smell out of a fireplace?

Burning seasoned (low-moisture) wood is a good way to burn clean. If there is water in the chimney, it can cause an unpleasant musty odor. The best way to eliminate moisture in the chimney is by installing a chimney cap. Without a cap, naturally, rain water will get into the chimney.

Why do I keep smelling soot?

The term for this type of olfactory hallucination is dysosmia. Common causes of dysosmia are head and nose injury, viral damage to the smell system after a bad cold, chronic recurrent sinus infections and allergy, and nasal polyps and tumors. The brain is usually not the source.

Does a dirty chimney smell?

Dirty chimneys are often the smelly culprit! After the water issues are taken care of, the next concern is the air pressure in the home. Most chimneys will have some type of smell to them, but this is typically not a problem because the chimney draft drives this smell out of the flue and away from the inside room.

How do I stop my fireplace from smelling in the summer?

Spray the inside of the fireplace with a 1:1 blend of vinegar and water. For extra protection, set a few open bowls of vinegar around the room to freshen the atmosphere. Alternatively, place a bucket of charcoal or kitty litter in the fireplace to absorb the odor. Commercial fireplace deodorizers are also available.

How often should you have your chimney cleaned?

How often should I have my chimney swept? This a tougher question than it sounds. The simple answer is: The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances.

How can I tell if my chimney needs cleaning?

How Can I Tell if My Chimney or Fireplace Needs Cleaning?
  1. Your fireplace smells like a campfire. You detect the smell of burned wood coming from the fireplace even when it isn’t lit.
  2. Fires burn oddly.
  3. It takes more effort to get a fire going and keep it going.
  4. Smoke fills the room.
  5. The fireplace damper is black.
  6. Fireplace walls have oily marks.
  7. There’s evidence of animals.

How much should a chimney cleaning cost?

The typical chimney cleaning cost is between $129 and $377. Wood fireplaces that receive regular maintenance price $85 to $100 per cleaning. Those with build-up from years of neglect could total as much as $800. Chimney cleaning kits run between $50 to $100.

Can I clean my chimney myself?

In many cases, you can clean the chimney yourself and save a few hundred dollars. Removing ordinary chimney soot is pretty simple. But if you have heavy creosote buildup, you’ll have to call in a pro. Otherwise, hire a certified chimney sweep.

What is the easiest way to clean a chimney?

Paint thinner Paint thinner is a very good option to clean all greasy and sticky things. It is also an easy option to clean the chimney hood and the filters. Soak the thinner in a piece of cloth and rub on the chimney. It will easily break up the stains and give you amazing results.

Can you clean a chimney from the bottom?

A better option is to “sweep” from the bottom up using a rotary chimney cleaning system. The Sooteater is a spinning chimney whip that removes soot and creosote build-up using small plastic lines (whips) attached to flexible rods that are fed up from the base of the chimney.

What happens if you don’t clean your chimney?

When your chimney is not cleaned for a long time, a substance called creosote keeps building up in the flue during the use of the fireplace. This creosote is highly flammable and can lead to a dangerous chimney fire (an uncontrolled 2000 degree fire burning inside the chimney).

Can I sleep with the fireplace on?

Can I go to sleep with a fire in the fireplace? You should never go to sleep while a fire is in the fireplace. It may seem safe—after all, the fire is small and controlled behind a metal grate.

How do I know if my fireplace is safe?

5 Easy Steps to Make Sure Your Fireplace Is Safe
  1. #1 Examine the Firebox. Look for any breaks, gaps, or signs of wear in the lining of the firebox (the interior of the fireplace).
  2. #2 Look for Telltale Smoke Stains.
  3. #3 Make Sure Your Grate Is the Right Size.
  4. #4 Check the Chimney.
  5. #5 Double-Check Your Fire Extinguisher.

Do you need to clean a chimney if you don’t use it?

If you do not use your chimney, you may not have to clean it as often, but you still should have a professional inspect and sweep your chimney to make sure it is safe. Chimney damage can occur, even if you do not use it. A damaged chimney can collapse if not repaired in a timely fashion.

Can I use my fireplace if it hasn’t been used in years?

Even if you haven’t used your fireplace in years, breaks could form in the masonry causing structural damage, moisture could enter your chimney system leading to a number of issues and expensive repairs, and animals could enter your chimney flue and build nests creating dangerous blockages.

Do you have to clean fireplace every year?

The National Fire Protection Association says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Some heavy use fireplaces produce an incredible amount of soot and creosote during a cleaning.