Here in the Nashville area, the weather is extremely humid during the summer. High humidity levels not only have negative effects on your body, but they also cause problems with the different systems in your home. Every summer, Ashbusters gets calls from customers complaining about stinky chimneys.
Unfortunately, humidity can cause several issues inside your chimney. When water and substances in your chimney mix, it releases strong, unpleasant odors in your fireplace and home. At Ashbusters, you can count on our professional technicians to take care of the source of the bad smell and restore your home. We would like to tell you more about what causes your chimney to smell bad when it is hot and humid outside.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, there is a good chance that there are creosote deposits on the inner chimney walls. This natural compound develops from smoke, tar, gas, and other byproducts of combustion as a residue, which builds up over time.
According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), creosote is highly flammable. It is actually one of the leading causes of chimney fires. Not only is this compound dangerous, it can also smell very strongly. Its odor is aggravated by humidity. To reduce your risk of chimney fires and unpleasant smells in your home, you should schedule an annual professional chimney maintenance appointment with Ashbusters in the spring. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps can remove every bit of creosote from your chimney!
MILDEW AND MOLD
Since humidity is the amount of water vapor present in the air, you have an increased risk for mold and mildew growth in certain areas of your home, including your chimney. When there is an excessive amount of moisture inside your chimney, mold is twice as likely to develop. This leads to musty odors. Since it is harmful to your health to breathe mold spores, so you should contact Ashbusters to take care of this problem right away.
Don’t let your summer get spoiled by a stinky chimney. Prevent a smelly situation by contacting us today at Ashbusters to schedule your annual professional chimney maintenance appointment with our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps!