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What Causes Chimney Odors?

Are you noticing some bad odors throughout your household? There’s a good chance they are coming from your chimney! While this is not an ideal situation to be in, it’s definitely one that’s fixable with the help of Weststar Chimney Sweeps. We have everything you need to get your home smelling fresh again!

Check out the more common issues we see when homeowners report bad smells from their fireplace.

Air Pressure

When it comes to the air pressure throughout your home, finding the right balance can prove to be a challenge, especially when you have a chimney. When the draft reverses and brings outside air down your chimney and into your home, you often find yourself facing some pretty nasty odors.What Causes Chimney Odors Image - San Diego, CA - Weststar Chimney Services

There are many reasons why poor air ventilation may occur. Whether your chimney has structural issues, clogs, debris buildup, or damaged parts, we can offer you a solution. We are CSIA trained and certified to take on any task you throw our way! Give us a call today.

Creosote Build-Up

There’s no doubt that creosote can trigger some pretty bad odors. The more it builds up, the more vulnerable your home becomes! We can help you out by offering a thorough chimney sweeping. That should help a lot! If it still doesn’t completely solve the problem, we can offer lots of helpful products and/or suggestions as far as clearing out that smell for good.

Moisture

Excess moisture can cause musty odors to develop in your home. This makes your entire home’s aesthetic rather unpleasant. When this moisture combines with the creosote in your chimney, the smell only gets worse. On top of this, too much water causes all kinds of issues, such as rot, rust, stains, mold, clogs, build-up, and more. All in all, water can do a lot of damage to your chimney!

Learn about our leak repair and waterproofing services by visiting us online today! We can keep your home free from water and the nasty smells that come with it.

Animals

Animals can cause bad odors in more ways than one. First of all, once they get stuck, their droppings will start to accumulate and the smells from that can easily enter your home. Also, if they pass away and start to decompose, you’ll notice terrible smells from that, too (as well as pest infestation).

We can remove bird nestings from your chimney, so they won’t keep returning, and we can also install a chimney cap, so you won’t have to face this problem again – turn to us today!

What Are You Waiting For?

At Weststar Chimney Sweeps, we make the customer our number one priority. We believe there is no problem we can’t fix, and we love setting people up with the fireplaces of their dreams. Please call us today, so we can schedule your appointment – together we can do anything!

By Mike O'Mara on May 8th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , , | Leave a Comment

Keep Animals Out Of Your Chimney

Chimneys are strong, sturdy, and warm. This is why many animals view them as an ideal spot to rest, store foods, or build nests. Unfortunately, once these critters enter, they are not easy to get rid of. Not to mention, attempting to do so is sometimes against the law! Certain species of birds cannot be removed from your chimney until they are through nesting there. Consequently, this puts your chimney out of use for quite some time!

Keep Animals Out Of Your Chimney Image - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney SweepsLearning how to avoid animal entry is important for keeping your chimney in good health. It also protects the well-being of friends and family. In addition, it will ensure all of the woodland creatures around your home stay safe, as well!

Dangers Of Animal Invasion

So, what harm can animals do to your chimney? Let’s take a look.

  • Smoke and Toxin Back-Up: One of the most common problems with animals entering a chimney is the formation of clogs. Leaves, mud, twigs, and all types of nesting materials block up your flue, leaving you with some major issues. If the smoke and other toxins created by a fire cannot properly vent, they will simply turn back around enter your home – definitely not ideal! Not to mention, loved ones could easily get sick after inhaling harmful gases.
  • Fire Hazards: Another issue is how susceptible these twigs and leaves are to catching fire, putting your entire home at risk. Also, any blockages will cause your entire appliance to run less efficiently, and any malfunctions always increase the risk of something dangerous occurring.
  • Bad Odors: All too often, animals find their way into the chimney, but can’t manage to find their way back out. When birds, squirrels, and others like them pass away, they leave behind a pretty foul smell. Your home will stink up fast and you’ll likely find yourself facing pest and maggot infestation, too – yuck!

Install A Chimney Cap Today!

So, how can you stop animals from entering? The easiest solution is to purchase a chimney cap. Chimney caps are placed over-top your flue, so any potential openings are blocked off. On top of this, chimney caps prevent water from entering, serve as spark arrestors, prevent downdrafts, and they stop any flying debris or trash from entering the unit, too!

There’s no reason not to have one installed today. The staff at Weststar Chimney Sweeps can set you up right with a cap that is the perfect fit for your chimney. Our sweeps are CSIA trained and certified, so you can count on us to do the job right!

Fear your cap is damaged? Not a problem! We can take a look, then advise you on the best steps to take moving forward. No matter what, we’ve got your back!

And don’t forget to schedule an annual cleaning and inspection! This way, should any creature or excess debris work its way in, a professional can remove it promptly. We can’t wait to help you out – call today!