We rely on our chimneys to provide us with warm and cozy living quarters. One thing we never expect is for them to give off a foul odor. However, chimney odors are fairly common and have various causes. The good news is that most of these foul odors can be eliminated by calling the chimney sweeps at Chimney Champions. Here are the most common odor complaints for homeowners in the Jacksonville area.

Top 3 Causes of Chimney Odors

1. Creosote Buildup

During your annual chimney inspection, excess creosote buildup is removed, allowing for proper airflow. However, if you use your fireplace regularly, then creosote can build up more quickly than in homes where the fireplaces are used only occasionally. This excess layer can start to fill your home with the smell of asphalt or a bad barbeque. While a layer of soot and creosote is natural when you have a working fireplace, keeping your chimney clean can help reduce the likelihood of this odor wafting into your home. 

2. Moisture

We all know that smell: the musty, mildew odor that exists when there’s been water damage or moisture present. Water can seep into your chimney either through a rusted damper or because you’re missing a chimney cap. When this happens, you’ll notice a faint mildew smell coming from your fireplace, especially when you first light a fire. Mixed with the creosote, moisture can cause the lining to deteriorate more quickly, resulting in the need for a complete liner replacement. 

3. Animals

Whether they’re living or dead, animals in your chimney can create unpleasant odors that escape into your home. A chimney with a mesh cap is one of the best ways to keep animals out of your chimney, but some households don’t have one, thereby allowing birds, snakes, and other pests to nest at the top of your flue. If you suspect you have wild animals living in your chimney, then it’s time to call in the chimney professionals.

Stop Odors with a Chimney Sweep

Having your chimney swept and cleaned of debris will ensure that foul odors don’t make their way into your home. Residents throughout Jacksonville, FL, trust the team at Chimney Champions. We not only provide chimney inspections and sweeps, but we can also replace damaged caps. To schedule an appointment, schedule a time online or call us at (904) 268-7200.