Have you been noticing unpleasant odors coming from your fireplace and chimney? Complaints along these lines tend to become more common this time of year, and there are a few reasons why that might be. Check out some of the typical causes for bad odors, then learn what Wells and Sons Chimney can do to help resolve this problem.

Summer Heat

High temps and humidity are a major reason why chimneys tend to stink up the house in the summertime. When homes start to feel sticky inside, the air conditioning gets cranked up and the outside heat gets sucked down your chimney. Unfortunately, those drafts grab onto the creosote odors throughout your system and they get brought into your home, as well.

You can solve this by trying to balance out the pressure. Open a window or two and see if things get any better. Otherwise, investing in a chimney cap or tight-sealing damper will make a big difference! Talk to us today about various solutions, and we can help you say goodbye to that nasty stink for good.

Animal Decay

Another reason you may be noticing chimney odors is due to unwanted animal entry. We see a lot more critters out and about this time of year, and they often turn to chimneys for a safe and secure spot to store food or build nests. Unfortunately, getting out of a chimney is a lot harder than getting into it, and these animals often pass away inside of your system. Eventually, this causes a stench and cab lead to pest infestation.

This is another reason chimney caps are so helpful. They seal off the top of your chimney and prevent animals from entering. No more clogs, bad odors, or decay. Chimney caps not only keep these birds and woodland creatures safe, but they keep your chimney in tip-top shape, as well. Ask us about our chimney caps today.

Excess Creosote

Creosote brings some strong smells into your home and the more of it there is, the worse off you’ll be. Fortunately, this is one problem that can be easily solved. By investing in regular cleanings and inspections you ensure your fireplace stays free from harmful buildup. And a good cleaning always leaves your home smelling a whole lot better!

But cleanings are not just good for reducing odors. Your sweep will also clear out any blockages and can keep an eye open for potential cracks, holes, or other types of damage that need repair. And less creosote means lower risk of chimney fires, which could cause lasting damage to your home, as well as put loved ones in harm’s way.


If you have any further questions regarding the state of your chimney or fireplace, give us a call at 610-473-6000. We can’t wait to help you out soon!