While planning a relaxed evening for you and your partner or loved ones, you probably weren’t hoping to get all choked up by the smoke that was flowing back into your home. Any fireplace that is allowing smoke to come back into the room is not only bothersome but also a danger to your health. Some may not realize that smoke carries an odorless, deadly substance known as carbon monoxide. Never fear though, because there are a few quick tricks to stopping that muggy mess from ruining your perfect night.
American Chimney & Masonry is a company of experienced professionals that can help you solve your smoky chimney problems. Your fireplace can smoke before the fire has started or when it is burning and at different levels and times. If your fireplace only smokes when you first light the fire, you may have a simple easy fix with the flue needing to be warmed up before being used. One way to do so is to light a newspaper and hold it inside of the fireplace as high as you can reach. Then, immediately light the fire. If this does not work make sure that doors and windows in the home are closed and that there is no exhaust fans, clothes dryer, or furnace running.
Your fireplace is likely to smoke when there is a fire lit as well, one reason being that it is windy outside. When high winds are blowing they can cause a downdraft in your chimney. If you think this is your issue, you should have someone come in and check the size of your chimney, the size of the flue, and the chimney cap. If your chimney is prone to smoking intermittently you may have an air pressure dilemma in your home. As mentioned, any type of opening in your home or the way it is positioned between other buildings can impact the air pressure found inside of the home. The worst thing that can happen is that your fireplace smokes all of the time. This is usually due to a structural or design error. When dealing with the bigger issues it is always important to call in a professional for the safety of the people inside of the home. Taking in Carbon Monoxide would not be the perfect ending to your cozy night.