Yucky smoke from neighbor's chimney makes my home stinky. Please help.
October 26, 2007 7:53 PM Subscribe
What can we do to stop our smelly neighbors?
posted by susiepie to Home & Garden (13 answers total)
We live in a rural-suburban area in the south. Our across-the-road neighbor keeps their fireplace burning 24/7 beginning in October and throughout the cooler months and into March-April. Even on days when it's 60-65 degrees outside, they'll have their fireplace going full blast, with smoke constantly puffing into the air. Seriously, sometimes it looks like their house is on fire, there is so much smoke. It permeates the air around our home and gets inside through our air vents. It's not a clean smoky smell, either (if there is such a thing).
So basically, all winter long our home/clothes/hair smells like burnt hot dogs. And that description is putting it lightly; it really is a terrible odor. And it seems to be getting worse every year (we've lived here 7 years). It even draws us out of our sleep in the middle of the night sometimes when the smoke gets especially strong. We've tried burning candles and oil warmers, but that is only temporary and does not help that much anyway. We've also tried other odor-eliminating measures, to no avail.
Besides being ultra-annoying, it surely can't be healthy to breathe in all of that smoke for several months out of every year, right? Is there anything we can do to stop this? Are there air quality control laws we can cite? Do they need to have their chimney swept/cleaned and would that even help the problem? How would you suggest we handle this dilemma?
Thanks in advance for any advice. Our noses and lungs thank you, too.