When Your Chimney Smells Bad

Smelly Chimney and chimney cleaning in Francestown NHThere’s nothing worse than a chimney that stinks. Not only is it unpleasant, but a stinky chimney can also be sign of a bigger problem. Depending on the type of odor, you can distinguish between minor problems which are easy to fix, and major ones that require professional repairs.

Why Does My Chimney Smell Bad?

If your fireplace smells musty or moldy, it’s usually the result of moisture in the chimney. Moisture in the chimney can be caused by a missing or damaged chimney cap, cracks or gaps in the masonry, and other damage that goes unseen. By the time there is a leak or moisture in the chimney, the damage has been done. If you suspect water in your chimney system you should call a chimney professional immediately. Water can cause extensive damage to chimneys if left unchecked.

If your chimney smells smokey, or singed, it most likely indicates a draft problem. This is often caused by smoke coming down the chimney instead of going up to vent. A too-tight house and even other appliances can compete with the ventilation of your chimney and affect how it works. It can be a simple fix, because it’s most likely corrected by opening a window in another part of the house or by shutting off other appliances like fans.

Another cause for a smokey smell is improper burning habits. Things like trash or clothing do not burn completely, do not vent properly, and should never be burned in a fireplace or appliance. Likewise, if you burn improper wood, you will most often get the same effect. When burning cord wood you want to let it dry for a given amount of time. This is called seasoned wood, and it is the best fuel to burn in your wood fireplace or furnace.

chimney smell and chimney sweep in Henniker NHCall a Chimney Professional

If you suspect a leak, call a professional right away. Even if the smell disappears with a few changes to help the draft, or by changing the type of wood burned, you should still call a professional. Poor venting causes vapors and gases to rise slowly up the chimney, causing an excess of creosote on the chimney walls. This builds up over time and can become what is called glazed creosote. It’s highly flammable, and troublesome to remove. A CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® (CCS) is trained and experienced in chimney cleaning, repair, and safety. This should be your first call.

Keep Up With Maintenance

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends regular chimney sweeps and annual chimney inspections in order to maintain the highest level of safety and efficiency for your chimney. It’s during these appointments that a professional will notice a problem with the chimney before it causes major damage. Our certified chimney sweeps at Black Moose Chimney and Stove are experienced with common chimney troubles in South New Hampshire. We offer affordable chimney sweeping, inspections, and repairs, and our priority is always the safety of our customers’ family and property.

Call Black Moose Chimney and Stove or contact us online to have your chimney odor assessed and corrected today. Don’t let another day go by.

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)