Drafty Fireplace repair Minneapolis – smoke inside your home
Does your home smell like smoke every time you start a fire in your fireplace or woodstove? This may be because you have a drafty fireplace. This is one of the most common chimney problems that people deal with and there are many possible causes of this type of problem. A free inspection from our chimney expert can help you find out just what is causing the issue in your fireplaces but below are some of the root problems that often lead to a drafty fireplace.
Possible Reasons for Drafty Fireplaces
Airflow: Is your home sealed too tightly? This may not allow for adequate airflow up the chimney. Experiment by opening a window near the fireplace just a crack; if the smoke then begins going up the chimney instead of overflowing into your living room, you will know that what is needed is an outdoor air supply.
Blockage: The airflow in a chimney can become hampered, which can cause smoke to billow into your home instead of going up the chimney. Among the common causes of blockage are creosote in the chimney cap screen, creosote in the flue lining, dampers which are not fully opened, broken pieces of masonry chimney pieces and bird or animal nests.
Chimney size: The height of your chimney could be creating a back drafts. There are different factors which affect how much air is potentially pushed down the chimney, such as nearby obstacles. Sometimes a chimney is the wrong size for a certain wood burning appliance if the appliance is not properly installed. A chimney that is too small can affect the draft, since the smoke doesn’t have adequate space to be carried outside as it should.
Wind Patterns: Wind usually increases chimney draft. But in some situations, such as on an ascending roofline, rising winds can create back puffing. Sometimes a chimney cap will deflect rising winds into a chimney.
The solution to a drafty fireplace can be a tricky thing to diagnose and diminish, but resolving it is essential. In addition to the unpleasantness of having a home with a smoky smell, breathing smoke fumes is hazardous to your health. Call our office today and a chimney repair expert will come out and diagnose the reason for your drafty fireplace for free and give you a free estimate to repair it.
Call our office today at 763-753-9796!