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Luce’s Can Fix Your Smokey, Stinky Chimney

If you have a smoky, stinky chimney, you’ve got a problem. While all fireplaces have some type of odor, a normal fireplace will pull smoke and odors up your chimney and out of your home. If smoke and odors are getting into your home, your chimney isn’t working properly. That is, the air from outside is getting sucked into your home.

The first step to solving a smoky, stinky chimney problem is to have your chimney cleaned and inspected. A thorough cleaning will remove any creosote buildup, dirt, debris, animal nests or other blockages that could be causing—or at least contributing to—your problem.

Unfortunately, sometimes a cleaning isn’t enough to fix this problem. If you’ve had water penetrate into the masonry, you may continue to have moisture and air pressure problems. Also, if your chimney hasn’t been cleaned in a while, moisture problems combined with hot, humid air and rain will definitely cause odors. If you have your chimney cleaned each year, you can prevent much of this buildup and reduce the risk of these unpleasant odors.

If smoke is entering your home when you use the fireplace, you are likely having a problem with “draft”. That means, your chimney isn’t properly drawing air out of your fireplace flue. There can be many reasons for this, including:

  • A blocked or otherwise dirty chimney
  • Improperly sized chimney flue
  • Malfunctioning chimney damper
  • Insufficient chimney height
  • Wind currents forcing air back down chimney

As you see, there are many reasons that your chimney may be filling your home with smoke or bad odors. No one enjoys a smoky, smelly fireplace. It’s not only a nuisance; it can also be a sign of a dangerous situation—or a sign of improper equipment or damage that is in need of repair. If you are dealing with water penetration, it’s especially important to have the chimney inspected so you can determine the source of the leaks and stop the water before it causes serious damage to your home.

We can help you get your chimney clean, safe and odor free. But you have to make the first move and contact us and let us know. We are the one call ~ we do it all chimney company, so you can rest assured that we will get to the bottom of the problem. Call us or set up an appointment with our online form. We will be waiting for your call.


Many of your chimney or fireplace problems can be corrected with quality chimney masonry repair work. At Luce’s, we have trained experts ready to help with whatever chimney repairs are needed, so call us now.

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Awards & Reviews

Luce's Chimney & Stove Shop, Ltd., Chimney Builders & Repair, Swanton, OH 2013 Angie's List Super Service Award

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NCSG Member NFI CSIA Certified HPBA Toledo Home Builder's Association Swanton Chamber of Commerce

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