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Help! My Fireplace Stinks!

Don't let your family suffer the unbearable smell that's coming from your fireplace. Do something about it.

Don’t let your family suffer the unbearable smell that’s coming from your fireplace. Do something about it.

Your home is a place of comfort, safety, relaxation and enjoyment. But how can you possibly feel and experience this when there’s an annoying and unpleasant stench lingering in your humble abode? From its smell, you trace its origins back to the fireplace. What can you do about it? How can you get rid of that horrible smell?

We from Aelite Chimney Specialties Incorporated are more than willing to help you solve that problem. We are professionals duly certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America or the CSIA and the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). We will discuss with you what we can do about your stinky fireplace.

What causes a stinky fireplace?

A stinky fireplace is caused mainly by water that leaks inside your chimney during rainy days and after winter when the snow starts to melt. Water can come in from all sorts of places like the brick walls and the chimney opening. According to the CSIA, water is the number one enemy of chimneys. Why? This is because it can create numerous problems that have such a big effect on the structure of your fireplace and chimney as well as the health of everyone in the house. For example, water that is already inside the chimney will create mold that can compromise your health. Aside from mold, when your fireplace becomes stinky, it’s likely that the water and the toxic chemicals from inside have already mixed.

Another cause for a stinky fireplace is a drafty chimney. This occurs due to obstructions (creosote, animals, debris) negative air pressure, and burning unseasoned wood. Instead of letting the smoke out via the chimney flue, the smoke stays inside.

A stinky fireplace can also be caused by obstructions. A common reason for blockages is the presence of animals. They could be leaving their dirt in your chimney, or perhaps an animal could have died in there. Another reason for blockages could be debris, branches, leaves and other objects.

How can I prevent it?

The best way to prevent this is to first have your fireplace and chimney inspected so that necessary repairs and cleaning can be done. Also, it’s good to have your chimney waterproofed. This is done by putting a waterproofing sealant in between the bricks especially those that are starting to have cracks so that water cannot enter in. Lastly, have a chimney cap installed. This is placed in the chimney opening. It will protect the inside thus preventing water to enter your chimney and your fireplace. Having a chimney cap is the ultimate solution to this since that it’s the number one defense system against any kind of intrusion.

We have been working in this industry for over fifteen years now and we would really like you to be part of our big family. We want you to experience the best kind of service that you deserve. Say goodbye to your stinky fireplace and say hello to a toxic-free, good-smelling fireplace!

Maintain Good Chimney Draft

Avoid a Smoky Fireplace with a Proper Chimney Draft

There's a big difference between a GOOD chimney draft and a BAD one. Learn how to get the good kind and prevent issues like indoor air pollution, carbon monoxide poisoning, and a smoky fireplace, to name a few.

There’s a big difference between a GOOD chimney draft and a BAD one. Learn how to get the good kind and prevent issues like indoor air pollution, carbon monoxide poisoning, and a smoky fireplace, to name a few.

Have you ever been curious about the reason why, even if the fireplace is burning wood and keeping you warm in the middle of your living room, no toxin-filled smoke is lingering in the house? That’s the whole point of effective ventilation. Your chimney sucks the air uniformly from the fireplace and then lead it out of the house. This is the principle behind what we call chimney draft. It is important for you, as a homeowner, to know these things in order to help you see if there’s already something wrong going on inside your chimney.

The Cause for Decreased Draft in your Chimney

Chimney draft is essential for a fireplace and chimney system to properly function. It can either increase or decrease depending on the performance of your chimney. If there are any problems like blockages in the opening of the chimney then there is a decrease in the chimney draft. Blockages can refer to birds, spider webs, twigs and leaves getting stuck inside. This means that there’s not enough suction from the fireplace towards the flue to completely remove unwanted air. If the chimney draft is not going up and out, bigger problems will ultimately present themselves. To prevent these blockages from forming in your chimney, we suggest that you have a chimney cap installed.

Keep an Eye on the Flue Liner

The way to avoid getting your home filled with smoke is to make sure that the flue liner in your chimneys are in excellent condition. Good flue liners increase draft efficiency thus providing a smoke-free, secured home. If the problem is a worn out flue liner, then replacing the flue liner will definitely improve your chimney’s functionality.

Other Recommendations

This is the reason why we would always recommend annual chimney inspections along with chimney sweeping at least once a year and especially when the winter season starts, to make sure that everything inside your chimney is intact and ready to endure any kind of weather. Don’t ignore that gut feeling that something seems wrong. Smoke inside the home is the most obvious sign.

Aelite Chimney Specialists is Here to Help You!

We all want to make sure nothing bad happens to our property and that there are no threats to our safety. We are here to help you attain that assurance. Our company, Aelite Chimney Specialists employs CSIA certified professional sweeps to give you confidence in our judgement.


Your Chimney Needs a Cap

Why Chimney Caps Are Important

Anyone with a fireplace in their home has, at one time or another, most likely had some trouble with their chimney. What they may not realize is that many common chimney problems can be quickly solved by installing a small piece called a chimney cap. A chimney cap protects the opening at the top of the chimney, which can be the starting site for a number of problems that arise frequently. They are inexpensive and it is easy to have them installed.

One of the most important reasons to have a chimney cap is that it helps keep excess water out of the chimney. Water often finds its way into the flue in the way of rain or snow and then accumulates within the chimney liner. This can cause mold that leads to dangerous illnesses and, in some cases, can compromise the structural integrity of the chimney. A chimney filled with water is also likely to become a breeding ground for pests. A chimney cap is a simple way to avoid the issue completely.

One of the most destructive things for the structural integrity of your chimney is when moisture gets in. It can loosen and weaken masonry. A chimney cap minimizes the flow.

One of the most destructive things for the structural integrity of your chimney is when moisture gets in. It can loosen and weaken masonry. A chimney cap minimizes the flow.

Another common chimney problem is that animals make their way into the chimney and set up their homes there. Not only will this cause annoying scratching sounds, but it can actually be dangerous for the people living inside of the house. The animals that live in chimneys often carry diseases and they do not have to enter the home to pass them on to the people living in it. If they do make their way into the house, there is always a chance that they could bite someone, causing both illness and injury. When there is a cap on the chimney, they cannot get in there in the first place.

When the chimney is left without a cap, it is easy for leaves, twigs, and other natural debris to build up inside of the flue. This may not seem like a big deal but it can actually be quite dangerous. When the chimney is clogged with these materials, it cannot vent properly and smoke often comes back into the home rather than exiting it. It also prevents dangerous gasses, including carbon monoxide, from safely leaving the home. In the worst cases, a clogged chimney can lead to a dangerous chimney fire that spreads throughout the home.

Whenever a fire is going in the fireplace, it is natural that there will be a bit of smoke. However, when the room is filling up with smoke, there is a problem. Oftentimes, the problem is negative air pressure when wind blows into the chimney. A chimney cap allows dangerous smoke and gas out, but it prevents the air that blows those gasses into the home from getting in. This is a vital part of enjoying a fire without filling the entire home with plumes of smoke.

A chimney cap is a fairly simple and inexpensive piece. In fact, it is so simple that many homeowners are tempted to simply install them themselves. However, this should be avoided in favor of a professional who has experience with these instillations. If the job is not done properly, the chimney cap will be ineffective and the home will still be at risk. In addition, it requires climbing on the chimney, which can be dangerous for a person who is not used to working at that height.

Leaving the chimney uncovered invites a host of problems, including animals living in the chimney and poisonous gasses entering the home. Instead of dealing with these serious issues, homeowners can have a simple chimney cap installed that will prevent them completely. Any homeowner who is not sure whether or not their chimney has a cap should have it inspected as soon as possible.

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