Keep Your Charlottesville Home Cozy, Comfortable & Smoke-Free With The Chimney Guys

We go the extra mile for our customers in Charlottesville, Vinegar Hill, Greenfields, Woolen Mills, West View Terrace, Wildwood, Willow Heights, Rockbrook, Willoughby, Stonehenge, Rio Heights, Village Square, Pen Park, and all of their surrounding cities, towns, and communities. Why? Because they deserve it!

If you’ve recently lit a fire in your fireplace only to be met with a cloud of smoke pouring into your living room, then you may be hesitant to use your fireplace again. Fortunately, our team of experts can resolve the issue for you, so you can get back to enjoying time spent by the fireside again. We have extensive experience and a vast amount of chimney knowledge, so when you work with us, you can be confident you’re getting the best care possible.

We’re CSIA-certified and members of the NCSG, and we stay up to date on all the latest techniques, safety regulations, trends, and education in the chimney industry. As you can imagine, this education comes in handy when you have a problem with your chimney system and you need to do a little troubleshooting. Like when there’s smoke coming from your fireplace and you don’t know why.

The truth is that there could be any number of reasons this is occurring, which is why getting to the root of the problem as soon as possible is a must. We can help.

What Causes a Smoky Fireplace?

Curious about the potential causes of a smoky fireplace? Well, house pressurization often has a lot to do with it. If your home is too tight (meaning it’s very well-insulated), your neutral pressure plane is affected, which means smoke from your fireplace tends to reverse back into your home, rather than going up your chimney. When it reverses, it brings the smoke in the chimney back into the home with it.

Other times the problem may lie with the size or height of your flue. Basically, if it’s too small, too big, or too short, you’re going to experience problems, and it may be that a rebuild is in order.

Clogs and buildup are also known for causing smoke-related issues, in which case a thorough sweeping will solve your problems in a hurry!

No matter what’s causing your back draft or smoke issue, troubleshooting is essential for resolving the issue. Oftentimes the fix is an easy one. For example, did you open the damper all the way? If the answer is no, pop it open and save yourself a service charge. This happens more often than you’d think!

Even if the fix for your smoky chimney isn’t an easy one, we can help. So, why put it off any longer?

If you live on Preston Avenue, Jefferson Park Avenue, High Street, Monticello Avenue, Avon Street, Elliott Avenue, McIntire Road, Cherry Avenue, Barracks Road, Emmet Street, Park Street, Rialto Street, Goodman Street, Douglas Avenue, Graves Street, Belmont Avenue, Hinton Avenue, Evergreen Avenue, Farish Street, Kelly Avenue, Lexington Avenue, Hedge Street, Orange Street, or somewhere else nearby, we’re here when you need expert eyes on your fireplace system. Just give us a call.

There’s no time like the present to ensure your chimney is operating as safely and as efficiently as possible. If you live in Riverrun, Alderman Road Houses, Ivy, Keswick, Crozet, Ashcroft, Ruckersville, or anywhere in the Charlottesville area, give us a call at 434-481-3796 to set up your appointment today! You can also request an appointment right here on our website. Easy!


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