We Troubleshoot & Resolve Smelly & Smoky Chimneys In Bergen County & Beyond

Smelly and smoky fireplaces and chimneys are two of the most common complaints homeowners have, but if your chimney stinks or is smoking more than it should, we can help.

Why Does My Chimney Stink?

There are a few main reasons that chimneys stink:

  • Creosote, soot, and moisture, oh my! — If creosote and soot are not removed from your chimney by the time the hot and humid summer months roll around, the added moisture and heat can really cause a stink!
  • Rotting leaves, animals, or animal waste — An uncapped chimney can allow leaves and animals to access the chimney, bringing with them a host of unpleasant smells. Decomposing leaves smell terrible, and whether the animals inside of the chimney are dead or alive, strong and unpleasant odor is to be expected.

Whatever is to blame for your smelly chimney, we’ll get to the bottom of it. Simply schedule an inspection and a cleaning and we’ll remove any debris, eradicate the odor, and offer our recommendations for preventing issues with odor in the future.

If your problem is that your fireplace and chimney billow smoke back into your home, we can help with that as well!

What Could Be Causing My Smoke Problem?

Many homeowners think that a smoky fireplace is just a fact of life – but the truth is, a properly installed, properly functioning fireplace and chimney should not be releasing smoke into the home. If your fireplace is billowing smoke back into your home, whether, during use or dormancy, there’s a problem. Here are some common causes of smoke problems that we regularly come across:

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  • The damper is closed or stuck. The damper is what keeps outside air out and inside air in when the fireplace is not in use. If you forget to open your damper when using your appliance, or if your damper is stuck in the closed position, it will prevent smoke from exiting properly through the chimney top. If your damper is rusted into place, we may need to replace it with a new one.
  • You have a chimney blockage. Oftentimes, we find that animals, nesting materials, excessive creosote, or other debris are blocking the chimney flue and leading to smoke problems. A thorough inspection and sweeping should remove the blockage.
  • Your chimney is not tall enough. If your chimney isn’t the tallest thing on or around your home, you will most likely experience draft problems, which will prevent smoke from properly and quickly leaving your chimney and home. If this is the cause of your smoke problems, we may opt to extend your chimney to rectify the issue or install a chimney pot.
  • Your flue is too small for your firebox. If your flue is not appropriately sized to vent your appliance, your firebox may be putting out smoke and byproducts faster than your chimney can expel it. If this is the case, we may need to reline your flue or install a more compatible appliance.
  • Another appliance in the home is competing for air. Many homeowners don’t realize that there may be other appliances in the home (a kitchen fan for example) competing for air and using the fireplace to bring outside air in. If this is the reason for smoke in your home, you may simply need to try opening a window when your fireplace is in use.

Whatever is causing your fireplace problems, you can count on the troubleshooting experts at Complete Chimney & Fireplace Solutions to get to the bottom of it. We’ll inspect your chimney and fireplace, and make recommendations for the best and most cost-effective fix. Your fireplace should bring you enjoyment and warm memories, not allergies, smoke-stained furniture, and health problems!

For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our smelly and smoky chimney resolution pros, please call us at 201-444-4752. You can also request an appointment online – click here.


Installing a gas fireplace or replacing a gas log set is all in a day’s work for our chimney services crews. Let us help with your gas log or fireplace services today.

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