Chimney & Fireplace Troubleshooting in Houston
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Do you have a hunch that something is not right with your chimney but you are not sure what the problem is? An annual inspection is necessary to check for hidden dangers—but without an inspection, there can be some clear signs that your chimney and/or heating appliance are not operating as safely or efficiently as they should.
Some of the issues that our customers identify most often include smoky fireplaces, ventilation and draft problems, and smelly fireplaces.
Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney professional will be able to properly inspect, diagnose, and treat your sick chimney, but the following are a few signs that immediate attention is needed:
Ventilation And Draft Problems: Our chimney professionals can help you solve your chimney’s ventilation and drafting problems. We often find that these problems can be attributed to improper flue sizing, improper stovepipe sizing or configuration, air intrusion, flue blockage, mechanical depressurization or insufficient chimney height. Sometimes a routine cleaning will do the trick; otherwise we may recommend updating a part on your chimney or adding a ventilation fan.
Smelly Fireplaces: The truth is that your fireplace and chimney should not have much of an odor at all. If you’re smelling a musty or burnt smell, especially when it rains or is humid, it’s probably a strong indication that there’s negative air pressure inside your home that’s causing your chimney to draw in outside air [as well as the smell of creosote] and ash deposits inside your chimney. See more on our sub page about smelly fireplaces.
Fireplace Smokes: If smoke is getting into your house, it may be that your damper is not opening all the way and may need to be replaced with a top-sealing damper. Another thing to consider is a routine cleaning, which removes built-up creosote and improves draft, could do just the trick. See our sub page about smoky fireplaces.
To learn more about the chimney sweeping process, view the video below.