How do I get rid of the horrible smoke smell coming from the chimney in my house?

I just moved into a new house, and there was this horrible smoke smell in the house from the chimney. We had the chimney cleaned by professionals and still there was no difference! The house still smells. Is there anything i can do or use to get rid of the smoke smell in my house?

First you have to know if the smell is already in the house and not from the chimney or is it actually coming from the chimney and is not otherwise present in the house.

If it is in the house you will have to scrub everything. Walls, ceiling, floors, inside of closets… it is like coming into a place where a smoker has lived before. Anything that is fabric will have to be washed or tossed out.

If it is in the chimney it may be that you are getting a down draft through the chimney. Do you have a damper in the chimney and is it working? Do you have a glass enclosure in front of the fireplace and is is sealed around and is the glass sealed? Did your "professionals" tell you that the chimney and flue was in good working order?

I have cleaned up after fires that have partially damaged homes. A lime wash will eliminate the smell of smoke instantly however it is very caustic. I use it on burnt timbers before covering them. I don’t know where you would use it on a finished surface.

You might try having someone in (Contractor or chimney specialist) to confirm what you are smelling and then offer some on site suggestions about fixing it. You might call your ins co to see who they would get to clean up after a fire and see what they would suggest.

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3 Responses to How do I get rid of the horrible smoke smell coming from the chimney in my house?

  1. Zach =D O_o says:

    get a fresh spray to make these smell good. That’s the only option you have. ]=
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  2. Ron G303 says:

    Simmer(maybe, boil the hell out of it!- What ever works!) a pot of vinegar in the fire box (on an electic burner if you fear doing a flame in the fireplace, flue open, of course). It may take a few days but vinegar is famous for killing orders.

    You may want to brush on (use a big, old paint brush here again) VINEGAR, on all the brickwork around the the fireplace. The "pickled" smell goes awat as it dries..
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    Avid user of vinegar for many things. Wish I had invented it! : >

  3. Breath on the wind says:

    First you have to know if the smell is already in the house and not from the chimney or is it actually coming from the chimney and is not otherwise present in the house.

    If it is in the house you will have to scrub everything. Walls, ceiling, floors, inside of closets… it is like coming into a place where a smoker has lived before. Anything that is fabric will have to be washed or tossed out.

    If it is in the chimney it may be that you are getting a down draft through the chimney. Do you have a damper in the chimney and is it working? Do you have a glass enclosure in front of the fireplace and is is sealed around and is the glass sealed? Did your "professionals" tell you that the chimney and flue was in good working order?

    I have cleaned up after fires that have partially damaged homes. A lime wash will eliminate the smell of smoke instantly however it is very caustic. I use it on burnt timbers before covering them. I don’t know where you would use it on a finished surface.

    You might try having someone in (Contractor or chimney specialist) to confirm what you are smelling and then offer some on site suggestions about fixing it. You might call your ins co to see who they would get to clean up after a fire and see what they would suggest.
    References :

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