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Chimney Works & Rocky Mountain Stoves serves the Cincinnati area with chimney sweeping, chimney inspectionchimney repairs, and fireplace sales and service. Our showroom has a full line of gas, electric, wood and pellet fireplace inserts and stoves. Watch the video below to learn more about Chimney Works. 

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Wood, Gas, Electric Fireplaces, Inserts, and Stoves

Chimney Sweep Cincinnati, SE Dayton, Northern Kentucky, SW Indiana

We serve the Greater Cincinnati Area, within 50 miles of Cincinnati.

Common Chimney Problems & Solutions

If you have a cold downdraft or cold air coming down your flue, it could be caused by negative pressure in your home. This negative pressure makes your house want to ‘breathe in’ air from an outside source. Since your chimney is the path of least resistance, it generally draws air from there.

There are several things you can do to fix this situation. If you have an open fireplace, you can install an insert to help fix the problem. Also, you can install a damper at the top of your chimney, or try to address the pressure imbalance in your home. To learn more read our blog article on Five Ways To Stop A Cold Downdraft In Your Fireplace.

During the rainy season, Chimney Works takes a lot of calls from Cincinnati homeowners with water coming in and around their chimneys, fireplaces, and stoves.

We have an entire article about leaking chimneys, but for a quick summary, common causes of chimney leaks are cracks in the chimney crown, chimney flashing that has pulled away from the chimney, and broken bricks and mortar. Chimney Works specializes in repairing these types of problems. Read more about leaking chimneys and how Chimney Works evaluates and repairs them.

The smell is due to creosote deposits in the chimney, a natural byproduct of wood burning. The odor is usually worse in the summer when the humidity is high and the air conditioner is turned on. A good cleaning will help but usually won’t solve the problem completely. There are commercial chimney deodorants that work pretty well, and many people have good results with baking soda or even kitty litter set in the fireplace. The real problem is the air being drawn down the chimney, a symptom of overall pressure problems in the house. Some make-up air should be introduced somewhere else in the house. A tight sealing top mounted damper will also reduce this air flow coming down the chimney.

Smoke in the house when you are operating your fireplace or stove can be caused by many factors.

Start by checking that your damper is opened and working properly. Dampers can get off track and even though you have opened the damper it may still remain closed. Sometimes, when lighting a fire if you overload your stove or fireplace it makes it difficult for the smoke to go up the chimney. Also, remember that heat rises and the low temperatures of a fire that is just started may not push the smoke up the chimney. Next check for any obstructions such as a bird’s nest. Everything checks out, you may have a negative pressure situation in your home where the air is being pulled down the chimney.

If the faces of your bricks have started to crumble or flake and fall off, that’s called “spalling”. It is caused by water getting into the bricks and then freezing, expanding and with nowhere to go, breaking your bricks.

Prevention is key here, as once a brick has spalled its best to chisel it out and replace it. A breathable sealant should be applied to your chimney to extend its life.

If you have recently purchased a home and the chimney was neglected you are right to be concerned. The best thing to do is to call a chimney sweep and have them clean and inspect your chimney. A good chimney sweep will understand the NFPA recommendations and will help you identify anything related to your chimney that needs to be addressed.

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Want to browse more common chimney problems and solutions? Visit our Chimney Problem Solver!

Nick Robben
Nick Robben
19:02 02 Jun 20
I took advantage of Chimney Works' off-season deal to have my Wood-Burning Stove serviced. Vinny was courteous,... professional, and explained things well! I'll definitely be using Chimney Works again!read more
Leigh Ann Maurer
Leigh Ann Maurer
18:09 15 May 20
Very happy with my experience with Chimney Works so far. Aaron came out and gave us an estimate on what needs... repaired. He is very friendly, professional, answered all of our questions and explained the process needed to repair our leak. Thanks Aaron!read more
Claudia Scurlock-Ford
Claudia Scurlock-Ford
17:50 03 Dec 19
Jeremy was very thorough in his inspection and I appreciated that he showed me pictures and explained everything so... that I could understand the situation. We had our chimney outside rebuilt in 2018 by a different company after struggling to find companies that would answer the phone or show up. This year we found Chimney Works when looking for someone to inspect and clean our fireplace and interior so that we could see if it could be used in the future. He found that prior to us buying our home in 2016 a liner was installed improperly and he went out of his way to make sure that the suggestions he provided us were the safest and most affordable options. We will definitely be using Chimney Works in the future and highly recommend them to more
Rob Boyle
Rob Boyle
19:59 22 Nov 19
We had Chimney Works install a stainless steel liner and air tight damper 3 years ago and were very pleased with their... work and how clean the process was. When it came time to have the firebox and chimney cleaned for this burning season they were our first call. Jeremy was on time and very clean and careful in his work. He thoroughly inspected the entire system and ensured everything was adequately cleaned and safe for fires. I would recommend Chimney Works and Jeremy in particular to anyone needing similar work more
Erin I.
Erin I.
13:49 20 Nov 19
Very happy with their work! Craig from Chimney Works came for a sweep and inspection for my home during the home... inspection process and was beyond thorough and very knowledgeable. He also discovered some major issues that the home owners did not disclose - which were major safety issues. From there I used their team to repair the issues and they were on time, professional and got the work done as promised with no issues. I would definitely recommend Chimney Works - everyone I met / worked with was great!read more
Jeff Janszen
Jeff Janszen
22:00 18 Nov 19
Chimney Works is fantastic to work with. A breath of fresh air working with a competent and caring group. It is so... great to have intelligent people on the job. I love that I can rest easy knowing a proper job has been done. They are a very professional and knowledgeable company, with amazing manners, from the first call I made, throughout the entire process. I wouldn't recommend anyone more
Oliver Lester
Oliver Lester
20:46 12 Nov 19
I’m also in the sales field in a similar industry and I’d like to mention In particular Ben as a great guy. I can tell... he genuinely cares about what he does and he looks at your home as if it were his own. There’s a need for a great level of care when it comes to altering your home for a wood burning stove installation and I think Ben is a perfect example for that said care. If you are thinking about using this company I would mention that you want Ben to come out - you won’t regret more
Daniel Engel
Daniel Engel
18:32 27 Dec 17
Excellent service and professional installation. Mike and Justin did a great job installing the fireplace and liner in... 5 degree weather! Thank you!read more
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Team Member Spotlight

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Jeremy, CSIA Certified Sweep

Jeremy joined the team in 2012. Jeremy is a CSIA certified sweep.

Ben, CSIA Certified Sweep

Ben joined the team in 2012. Ben is a CSIA Certified sweep.

Want to meet the rest of the team? Visit our Meet The Sweeps page.

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