Smoke in fireplace

Smoke seems to be coming through our fireplace from the neighbours house. Is there a simple method to prove it?

Asked by Michael on 24th Sep 2022
Expert Trade Answers
"Your neighbours should have had a smoke test done before going ahead anyway. A party wall regulation states they advise you what they wanted to do beforehand. Building control office at your local authority will advise what's needed."
Answered on 8th Apr 2024 - Member since Jan 2024 - report
"They more than light sending the smoke straight up the chimney. Which is making its way through the bricks or stones to you room. They will needs to get a flue liner. Which will stop it."
Answered on 24th Sep 2022 - Member since Apr 2022 - report
"Yes to do a smoke test.light a coloured smoke bomb and monitor any viable smoke or insert a smoke detection device in your chimney"
Answered on 24th Sep 2022 - Member since Sep 2022 - report
"Hi, a smoke bomb pellet in their fire would prove that. But you would obviously need their consent.
Neil Wilson."
Answered on 24th Sep 2022 - Member since Aug 2022 - report
"The installation is leaking and the "feathers" between your chimneys have been damaged/breached during the installation which is allowing the "smoke/fumes" to transfer into your house.

Local weather phenomena / wind direction / still air allowing the fumes/smoke to be drawn down into a cold chimney (The house would in effect be drawing the air in).

Have they had a chimney modification such as a "ufo" anti-downdraft cowl fitted, etc?

Neighbour has had other remedial work done to the house including upgrading draught proofing/windows which has altered the balance / air flow between your two homes.

Are you using your chimney still?
If not you could get a top cap fitted. It will help keep out rain/birds/etc.

Personally i'd be looking to the the sweep to do a proper inspection on the chimney and telling the neighbour not to use the installation until that's confirmed as ok as they could end up making you ill / killing you."
Answered on 28th Nov 2022 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"ask next door to try a smoke bomb this will confirm if coming from their side"
Answered on 26th Sep 2022 - Member since Jan 2022 - report
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