Reasons Your Fireplace is Smoking up Your House


If your fireplace fills the room with smoke when you light it, there’s a long list of possible reasons why. The first step is to determine if the smoke is situational. It’s normal for downdrafts and a few puffs of smoke to blow down the chimney and into the room from time to time. But if you light up the fireplace and it immediately fills the room with smoke, a closer inspection may be needed to determine the cause.

First, check the damper, a hinged metal plate that is generally closed when the fireplace is not in use. It operates through a lever you’ll find if you crouch down and look up inside the fireplace. Opening it allows the smoke to escape normally.

Another reason for smoke problems could be that the room surrounding the fireplace doesn’t have sufficient airflow, which can interfere with the smoke rising through the chimney to the outdoors. Try opening a window in the room to see if this remedies the situation. Additional possible issues include soot buildup, a blockage in the chimney, or improper construction. An experienced chimney sweep can analyze the problem, offer a solution, and allow you to enjoy your fireplace during those chilly winter evenings.

Atlanta Chimney Doctor offers experienced chimney sweep and professional fireplace repair services through locations in Atlanta and the surrounding metro area. For more than 30 years, Atlanta Chimney Doctor has provided competitively priced fireplace cleaning, restoration, and inspections performed by licensed, certified technicians. All work is guaranteed and warranted. Whether you require a professional cleaning, service inspection, or a complete refurbishment, Atlanta Chimney Doctor will provide top-rate customer service and professional expertise.

A clean, well-maintained, and professionally inspected fireplace assures you safe operation and protects your family and property. An upgraded or remodeled fireplace will not only add to your home’s curb appeal, but it could increase its value as well. Learn more about the services offered by Atlanta Chimney Doctor by visiting the website. Call today to schedule an inspection.