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There is smoke coming into my home

Troubleshooting Your Fireplace

There could be many reasons that your fireplace isn’t functioning correctly, and we want to help you solve the problem. Below is a list of potential issues and their respective solutions. Note that this list of problems/solutions is simplified, and a correct understanding of fireplaces requires an expert-level knowledge of airflow patterns.

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Your chimney should be pulling smoke from your living spaces. If your chimney is failing at its job, the result is fireplace smoke in your home. There are several reasons that your chimney could be failing at its job. Below are some potential reasons:

Cold flue

If your flue is cold, then your fire will be burning slowly. This could result in the smoke spilling into your home rather than rising. The best way to solve this problem is to consult one of our trained technicians to determine the best way to address the issue of a persistently cold flue.

Closed damper

Before starting a fire always make sure that you have checked the damper. If it is shut, then smoke will inevitably enter your living space.

Chimney blockage

Over time, a chimney can build up creosote and become clogged. This is an issue that requires professional help from a chimney sweep. We will safely and effectively remove any creosote buildup inside the chimney. Additionally, it is recommended that chimneys be inspected annually to prevent house fires and dangerous smoke buildup.

Poorly designed chimney

If your chimney was poorly designed or improperly installed, it could cause many issues for you later on. If the chimney is too short in comparison to the home, smoke will spill into your living spaces.

Improper wood

Fireplace wood that isn't well-seasoned will produce more smoke than your chimney flue can handle. The excess smoke will spill into your home.

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