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Any quantity of conditions can make contributions to smoking problems in a wood-burning hearth. In a number of cases, cleaning or some relatively simple measures may improve conditions. In other cases, further evaluation and in depth repairs might be necessary.

The first step in most situations is to arrange for an inspection or cleaning of the chimney flue. An authorized chimney sweep is usually the proper pro person to contact for chimney cleaning or inquiry of fireplace or chimney issues. Many sweeps now have kit to take a recording of the chimney flue in order that you can see exactly what problems may actually lie in the flue, as well as to confirm if it was cleaned properly.
Here are some possible practical solutions to worsening smoke problems :
Raise the hearth. A hearth opening that’s too big matched against the opening of the chimney flue can lead to poor drafting ( the movement of the gases that result from the burning wood up the chimney ). To play around with this approach, a sheet metal hearth can be supported on bricks placed on the existing hearth. By building up the base of the fireplace, the opening will be decreased. If this change improves the draft, the hearth can be raised using firebrick masonry. The hearth extension can also be built up to the same level.

Add a canopy hood. An experimental model of a canopy hood can be made of sheet metal and temporarily attached over the top of the hearth opening. Try numerous designs and sizes. If the hood works really well, an everlasting metal hood can be installed.

Extend the chimney. The higher the chimney, the better the draft. A good draft is generally supplied by a chimney which is Twenty feet or more higher than the hearth. Several metal chimney sections can be temporarily installed on top of an existing chimney to check whether the draft is improved before a more permanent ( and costly ) fix is tried. If the current chimney is short a good draft could not be able to develop. Wavering smoke patterns above the chimney may indicate that tall trees are causing a downdraft ( air forced down the chimney by the wind ).

Trim surrounding trees. The encompassing trees should be trimmed and / or the chimney flue height extended to stop this condition.

Add a chimney cap or flueguard.
These recommendations for applying corrections to smoking fireplace conditions might be only the 1st step in some situations. If a downdraft seems to affect the exhaust gases, adding a chimney cap or flueguard of metal or stone may help deflect the air before it entering the chimney. If there are major fireplace inadequacies or the chimney is deteriorated, more drastic measures will be needed. A less costly option is to retrofit a masonry fireside or chimney with a gas-powered fireplace coupled with a new metal flue inside the defective chimney or to use an electric hearth and seal off the old chimney. The only practical options in grim cases might be to reconstruct the fireplace and / or chimney. Simply maintaining a tiny fire may help also.

Author: Tom Smok Real Estate

I am a Full Time Residential Real Estate Professional passionate about what I do for YOU. I enjoy helping clients buy, sell or invest in Mississauga and Milton real estate. My Customers say I'm client-focused real estate agents who make the Mississauga and Milton home search experience-be it buying, selling, or investing-an outstanding one. I provide access to all properties for sale in Ontario. I show properties on your schedule. I invest in real estate and have extensive experience helping others do the same--if you're interested in finding a great deal, call me at 416-992-5010 A licensed Realtor with Sutton Group - Summit Realty Member of: TORONTO REAL ESTATE BOARD MISSISSAUGA REAL ESTATE BOARD REAL ESTATE COUNCIL OF ONTARIO ONTARIO REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATION CANADIAN REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATION I Provide Real Estate Services and Information Regarding Properties For Sale| Home Evaluation and Home Improvement For Mississauga|Toronto|Oakville And Milton Ontario| As your REALTOR®, I will: - Provide you with 10+ Customer Service during the entire process including, taking the time to understand your needs and expectations, returning your calls and being honest with you at all times. - Provide you with Seller Representation Agreement Review - Help you obtain the highest possible price for your house in the shortest amount of time. - Advise you on pricing and assist you with staging your home. - Implement the my marketing plan to market your house through as many channels as possible. - Coordinate the home showing process. - Present all offers and advise you on the terms and contingencies. - Negotiate offers on your behalf. - Schedule and coordinate completion of inspections. - Monitor the buyer’s loan process. - Coordinate and supervise the preparation of all closing documents and guide you through the closing process. - Provide you with Buyer Representation Agreement Review - Buyer Counselling Session - Conduct Property Previews and Showings - Complete Property Search of MLS - Multiple Listing Service - Continuous Follow Up Until Closing and Continuous support after transaction ABOUT THE COMPANY Sutton Group is a Canadian real estate franchise system originating in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1983. Throughout western Canada, Sutton Group maintains a dominant position in the market place. Having come east in the early 1990's Sutton now controls the number 2 market share in virtually every major market and holds down the number 1 spot in several. Across the country, Sutton Group has 190+ offices and 8500+ sales representatives and has a head office in Richmond Hill. Sutton Group - Summit Realty Inc. is located at 1100 Burnthamthorpe Road W. in Mississauga and has approximately 150 sales associates representing a variety of cultures and languages. A full service Real Estate Brokerage, Sutton Summit is dedicated to providing a wide range of Real Estate services to our clients. Our goal is to ensure that we assist with all facets of your move. We will help with everything from the lawyer closing your transaction to a home repair specialist should there be anything in the home that requires special attention and with everything in between.

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