House Smells Like Smoke From Fireplace
A fireplace is a unique home appliance that can make a home cozier as well as save the homeowner more money. However, fireplaces can sometimes be a lot of trouble.
This is especially true when they start emitting problems. Some minor amounts of smoke in the home is tolerable, but when your entire living room envelops with smoke or all you can smell is burnt wood, you are truly looking at a bad situation.
Is this something that is normal? Is there something that you can do to prevent this from happening?
Eliminating Smoke In A Room
If your home is filling with smoke it could be the results of one or two issues. First, it might be because you are burning wood that isn’t fully seasoned.
Wetter wood will tend to be much smokier than drier wood. You can simply correct this issue by letting the wood cure a little more before burning it.
That being said your fireplace damper could be the other reason for a smoky home. If your damper isn’t open or is halfway jammed it is going to cause what is known as a downdraft.
This pretty much means that the smoke is going to travel up, get restricted, and travel back down.
Blowing Out The Smoke
So, the correction for both issues is fairly simple. You either left the wood cure more or you check the operation of your damper. If your damper isn’t fully opening it is possible that there might be a mechanical issue, which will require the assistance of a professional.
Maybe, you just forget to full open the damper. Whatever the situation is, you are still left with a smoke-filled room. The best way to get rid of this smoke is by placing a box fan in the same room as the fireplace.
Now, place another fan in a window on the opposite side of the home. When you turn on both fans this will pull out the smoky air while you are drawing in new, fresh air.
Some homeowners will even go as far as placing baking soda around the space. Baking soda will help absorb odors.
Get Rid Of Ash And Burnt Wood
Just because you removed the smoke from the home it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to eliminate your smokey home smell altogether. In fact, if the house still smells smoky days after the incident, you might have to remove the ashes, burnt wood, and creosote.
The best way to do this is to take a shovel and get rid of the ashes. Place them inside a garbage bag and take them outside immediately once the fireplace is empty. In addition to this, you will want to remove any leftover firewood.
As for the creosote build up, you might be able to get a professional chimney cleaner to come in and sweep the chimney. However, there are also a number of home remedies available online that can help you remove creosote build up from your chimney.