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When the weather is muggy and humid, and a low-pressure system has come into the area, smelly fireplaces are commonly occurring. Since there is not as much temperature difference between the interior and outside air as in the winter, these issues typically arise in the late fall and early spring.
Here are a few solutions to this issue:
The warmer months of the year, when you are less likely to be using your fireplace, are the ideal time to clean and maintain it. People who use their gas fireplaces from fall through spring are encouraged to arrange at least one professional cleaning and inspection each year. If you only use your fireplace irregularly throughout the year, you need to have it cleaned and inspected once every two years.
The fireplace and chimney need to be kept clean to prevent poisoning risks, protect against fire risks, and reduce air pollution. To remove soot and any obstructions from the length of the flue, chimney sweeping entails manually cleaning the interior of the vent and the fireplace. Manual chimney sweeping repeatedly runs a metal or nylon brush through the duct to remove all buildup.
It is prohibited to clean ventilation systems with fire or explosive substances. The installation engineer or certified chimney sweeps must perform the sweeping and inspections, and both must submit a certificate attesting to completing the work. In the event of an accident, many insurance companies need that kind of certificate. We have highly significant doubts about chemical flue cleaning, or so-called vacuum sweeping. With prior manual cleaning, an industrial vacuum cleaner can effectively clean a flue. These techniques don’t produce an official certificate and shouldn’t be used in place of chimney sweeping. The landlords of rental homes make sure that the flues in apartment buildings are clean when the tenants move in. After that, it is the tenant’s responsibility to maintain the property properly.
The smell comes from creosote buildup in the chimney, which happens naturally when you burn wood. Most of the time, the smell is worse in the summer when it’s humid and the air conditioner is on. A good sweep will help, but it will only sometimes solve the whole problem. Commercial chimney deodorizers work pretty well, and many people find that baking soda or even kitty litter works well when put in the fireplace. The real problem is that air is going down the chimney, which is a sign of pressure issues in the house as a whole. Some extra air must be brought in from somewhere else in the house. A top-mounted damper with a tight seal will also cut down on this air flow coming down the chimney.
We take our time when cleaning the chimney because we want to offer a thorough cleaning service. The duration of those visits varies because many of our chimney cleanings also include time for a top to bottom, inside, and exterior level one inspection. Usually, a single chimney cleaning job may be completed in an hour.