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4 Reasons You Have a Stinky Chimney

4 Reasons Why You Have a Stinky Chimney and What to Do About It

Fireplaces and chimneys add warmth and both financial and aesthetic value to your home, other times you end up with a stinky chimney for a number of reasons, especially during the warm months.

A stinky chimney can be more common during this time of year when moisture inside a chimney heats up on hot and humid days during the summertime. While stinky chimneys can be frustrating and downright irritating for homeowners, you certainly do not have to live with them!

When it comes to odors coming from your chimney, the first step in addressing the issue is diagnosing the cause.

In this article we are sharing with you some of the more common reasons why your chimney might be stinky. At black Goose Chimney we have just about seen it all when it comes to stinky chimneys.


Creosote in the chimney is a normal result of burning wood in your fireplace. As long as you are getting your chimney inspected and regularly swept before each cold season, creosote doesn’t cause problems for homeowners. A stinky chimney from creosote odors is hard to miss, as it smells strong and acrid, kind of like hot asphalt.

Animals & Critters

Birds, furry critters and other animals in your chimney can cause numerous issues, including foul chimney odors. The odors caused by animal intrusion can vary. An animal that becomes trapped and dies in the chimney will cause a decaying smell. Additionally, animals making their homes and leaving droppings can cause another distinct odor to come from your chimney.

The best way to prevent animals from entering your chimney is to install a durable chimney cap or a cap and crown, depending on the type of chimney you have.

Some animals are easier to get rid of than others. Chimney Swifts are an endangered species and there is a specific way to remove them without causing damage to your chimney. Call us today at 540-586-9778 and speak with a team member about what critters you might have and what can be done about removing them safely.


Just like the gutters on your home, your chimney can collect natural debris that drops from nearby trees and blows across your rooftop, especially if you have a damaged chimney cap and need chimney repairs or you don’t have a chimney cap!

When debris accumulates in your chimney system and is not cleaned out, it can form both a dangerous chimney clog, and can also cause odors as the debris decays in your chimney. The smell of rotting debris can vary from the smell of an old wood pile to musty, rotting leaves.

Chimney Leaks

A chimney leak can be the result of many different issues. Water can cause tons of issues, the least of which are chimney odors.

When the inside of your chimney contains moisture, it can encourage the growth of mold and mildew. If chimney leaks are the cause of the smell, it will likely smell damp, wet, and similar to mildew or wet carpeting.

If you are experiencing the smell of mold, mildew or a musty old cellar emanating from your chimney, call us right away and get a chimney inspection scheduled.

Unchecked water leaks can lead to serious water damage to your chimney and the structure of your home.

In Conclusion

The best way to prevent your chimney from developing unpleasant smells is to have your chimney regularly inspected, cleaned and maintained by a professional chimney sweep! If you need chimney services, contact Black Goose Chimney Services serving Central and southwestern Virginia from Lynchburg, Bedford, and the greater Roanoke area. 540-586-9778

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