Dealing with a stinky chimney can be a challenge for homeowners because of how difficult it can be to find what is causing the unpleasant odor. Several different things can be the source of the smell, but figuring exactly which one is the culprit can be frustrating. If your home is not smelling as fresh and clean as it should be because of a stinky chimney problem, Blue Ridge Chimney Services is here to help you find out why your chimney smells so strongly that the odor has invaded your living spaces. Our experienced chimney professionals have the training and skills to be able to quickly find the odor source and take care of the problem that is causing the issue. We would like to tell you more about a couple of the common chimney odor sources and what we can do to get your home smelling pleasant again.What Causes Chimney Odors - Shenandoah Valley VA - Blue Ridge


If you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, there is a good chance that there are creosote deposits on the inner walls of your chimney. When it smells like someone burned some barbecue in your chimney, creosote is the source of the odor. This natural compound develops as a residue of combustion exhaust, and it can accumulate into large amounts inside the chimney. Its acrid and strong scent gets even worse in the summer because of the heat and humidity. Creosote is also very flammable and is named by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) as a leading cause of chimney fires. To solve this stinky chimney problem and to reduce the fire risk, Blue Ridge Chimney Services can remove the creosote during our professional chimney sweeping services.


It is not uncommon for birds, bats, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals to choose chimneys as a nesting spot. While these critters can pose many different risks to your home, one of the main ones is a smelly chimney. Even though the scent of their droppings can be bad enough, there is a chance that the bird or animal could become trapped and perish inside the chimney. To prevent this from occurring, you need to have a chimney cap professionally installed on top of your chimney, Blue Ridge can help you with our cap sales and installation services.

Understanding the source of a chimney odor is key in solving this smelly problem. Contact us at Blue Ridge Chimney Services to schedule an appointment for your annual chimney maintenance services.