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Keeping Your Chimney Odors In Check

As temperatures continue to rise with the soon arrival of Spring, homeowners with a fireplace may start to notice some less than pleasant aromas coming from their appliance. You see, when you run your air conditioning on those warmer days, this can cause air from the chimney to sweep through your household, and these breezes are unfortunately known to stink things up a bit.

So, what causes these bad smells in the first place, and how can they be avoided? Learn more below, then feel free to contact the team here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service for help in resolving the issue. We’d be happy to help you find the best solutions for your unique needs!

Why Am I Experiencing Bad Odors In The First Place?

One of the biggest causes for bad fireplace smells is creosote. Creosote is a natural byproduct of burning wood in your fireplace, and it’s bad odor can easily enter your home if it isn’t regularly removed. The accumulation of creosote can be slowed down by burning your fires hot, using only seasoned wood as fuel, and by ensuring you have good airflow, but unfortunately, its presence can never be entirely prevented.

Another reason you may be experiencing bad odors is excess moisture in your system. Water throughout your masonry causes rotting, decay, and deterioration, and if it combines with materials that are lodged inside your flue, it’s bound to create an unpleasant musty smell. The sooner you address any water-related issues, the better!

Think animals may have found their way into your system? This is another cause of concern. It’s not uncommon for squirrels or racoons to get stuck inside your chimney and pass away, and this unfortunate event can obviously produce some pretty foul smells. In other cases, birds and other critters may defecate in your flue, which again sends bad odors floating through your home.

And what could cause any of these smells to be enhanced? Downdrafts. If the air pressure is off throughout your home or chimney, you can bet you’ll get some foul-smelling winds flowing through your living space.

Fortunately, we have resolutions for any issue you may be experiencing, and you can bet that we’ve seen just about everything when it comes to chimneys and fireplaces, so we know exactly how to handle it all. There’s no better time to reach out, so get on the phone with our staff today, and we can discuss your options!

How Can I Eliminate Unpleasant Chimney Smells?

So, we’ve gone over what causes your chimney smells, but how are these issues then best addressed? Well, first things first, a thorough sweeping will make a big difference. Like we said, creosote is one of the main reasons for bad smells from the fireplace, and the sooner we clear it out the better! Not to mention, this highly flammable substance is known to break down your brickwork and mortar, and if it ignites, you’ll have to deal with the aftermath of a chimney fire, which can be costly, dangerous, and time-consuming.

Scheduling this service also gives us the opportunity to clear out any debris, nesting materials, or dead animals that may be producing some foul odors.

All in all, a sweeping is never a bad idea, and we urge our customers to invest in them on a regular basis to ensure their system stays in good health. The safety of our service area is always a big priority, and we value ultimate satisfaction above it all. Get your sweeping scheduled, so you can experience a stress-free spring and summer ahead!

And if we spot moisture-related issues, we have the tools and training to address those, too. We’ll make certain your chimney cap, flashing, and chimney crown are all in good condition and able to do their job effectively and, should problems be uncovered, we can set you up right with new devices or repair services, so you rest easier as we move into our rainy season.

We can also discuss the possible need for masonry repair services, and you’ll definitely want to get your masonry professionally waterproofed. Our team uses effective products that seal your brickwork, without leaving an unsightly/glossy coating, and they are vapor-permeable, as well, so anything preabsorbed will easily be able to escape over time. This is one investment you won’t regret making.

Finally, we can work together to resolve any issues with downdrafts. A strong and sturdy chimney cap, or even a top-sealing damper, can help prevent harsh winds from swooping through your home, or we can do some inspecting to see if the dimensions of your chimney need to be adjusted. In some cases, opening a window makes all the difference, as this invites some make-up air into the home. Regardless, we would love the opportunity to help you find a solution!

Our Experienced Crew Is Here For You

The team here at SirVent has many years of experience under our belts, and we work with highly-esteemed organizations like the CSIA, the NFI, and the NCSG to ensure we stay knowledgeable and up-to-date on it all. Ready to learn more about everything we can offer you? Great. Pick up the phone and give us a call now, or reach out to us on our website. We’d love the opportunity to serve you!

Common Masonry Repairs

If you own a masonry chimney, it is important to know about the regular maintenance required to keep it in the best condition possible. All of the elements of the chimney are important for efficient functionality and knowing the different components will help out a lot in the long run, as far as preventing any major issues. Read up on some of the more common masonry repairs below and be sure to ask your chimney sweep to check for any signs of deterioration or damage in your next annual inspection.

Crown RepairCommon Masonry Repairs - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Chimney & Venting Service

The chimney crown sits on top of the chimney and does all of the hard work in keeping dirt and excess debris out of it. It also shields the chimney from bad weather and helps to prevent the damage that comes with excess rain and winds. Since the crown ends up taking on a lot of wear and tear, it is often in need of regular repair and maintenance.

At SirVent Chimney and Venting Service, we have the tools and expertise necessary for repairing or rebuilding any chimney crown. The experts here will do a thorough inspection of your crown and assess what it needs to work effectively for your masonry chimney. We will also do whatever possible to ensure that it will stay stronger longer, keeping your chimney and fireplace safe throughout any type of weather conditions.

Cracks and CrumblingCommon Masonry Repairs - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Chimney & Venting Service

When water gets into your brick and mortar, your chimney ends up a lot weaker throughout time. Brick is very absorbent and all of the water it takes in during the warmer months will freeze when temperatures drop. Once the water thaws again during spring, your chimney will settle, putting a lot of excess pressure on your brickwork as a whole.

We have many different solutions for repairing any cracks or damage and for keeping your chimney strong throughout time. You can also look into our waterproofing options so you can avoid any issues with water damage in the future. At SirVent, we take our time and carefully analyze the best options for each customer’s specific needs. We want your chimney to last and work efficiently so that you can enjoy it to the fullest for many years into the future.


Flashing is necessary for preventing leaks and other forms of water damage. It entails putting metal sheets where the chimney and roof meet. If it is done correctly, you will find yourself with lasting protection, and your chimney will stay in great shape for many years. Unfortunately, if it is done by someone who is not properly educated on the process or technique involved in installing flashing, you may find yourself with more issues and problems.

Whether you need flashing repaired, have cracks or leaks, need crown work, or any other masonry issue, SirVent Chimney and Venting Service is here to help. Give us a call today!