What’s Wrong With My Chimney?

Let’s face it: your chimney is only enjoyable if it’s working the way it was designed to. A problematic chimney system isn’t just a waste – it’s a hassle and a hazard. Imagine, you get home from a long day at the office and all you want is to veg out with a glass of wine in front of the fireplace. But just as you take off your shoes and prop up your feet, you notice a horrendous smell or a gust of wind and smoke burst into the room. Not only is your enjoyable evening somewhat less enjoyable, but also your mind starts racing: What’s wrong with my chimney? Is smoke and odor normal? Great, how much is this going to cost me?

Well, rest your worried mind. Here at Top Hat Chimney Sweeps, we have decades of troubleshooting experience and can help pinpoint the problem or problems in little to no time. We know where to look, what to look for and how to address the problem in the smartest, most cost-effective way. So whether your problems are with smoke, odors or draft, give Top Hat Chimney Sweeps a call!

Common Causes Of Chimney Smoking, Odor & Drafting Issues

Although there can be several reasons for smoking issues, chimney odors or drafting problems, some of the most common causes include:

  • Damper – If your throat damper is closed, stuck in place or broken, it could be inhibiting draft and keeping smoke from exiting the chimney.
  • Flue Blockages – From animal nests to thick layers of glazed creosote, airflow within your flue could be blocked or restricted, resulting in trapped and back-drafting smoke. This debris could also be responsible for your odor problems (dead animals and fecal matter don’t make for a nice potpourri).
  • Pressure Issues – If your home is so airtight that your appliances compete for air, it’s possible that even turning on a bathroom fan could cause smoke problems with your chimney.
  • Bad Fireplace design and construction – Many masonry chimneys are constructed by masons with little or no formal education on proper fireplace construction. They may be excellent brick layers, but fireplace construction and design is an art and a science.

We Can Help, Whatever The Case!

For more information on possible causes of smoke, odor and drafting problems and how the experts at Top Hat Chimney Sweeps can help — call 334-749-3559 or click here. Our knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you may have and get you set up with a troubleshooting expert!


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