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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, and wood fireplace inserts and stoves. Watch the video below to learn more about Chimney Works. 

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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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Andy Moder
Andy Moder
16:04 14 Apr 22
Chimney Works installed a gas insert in an non functioning existing fireplace. They lined the chimney and installed... the insert in about 3 hours. Cory, Nick, Roman and Caleb all did a fantastic job. Do to the the rain they had to come back the next day to install the concrete rain shield and will be back to install the cap as soon as it is finished. the crew was friendly and highly professional. Would highly reccomend.read more
Trois Hart
Trois Hart
12:47 02 Mar 22
I am so pleased I chose Chimney Works to do my work. I had asked people on Next Door who they recommended and CW was... mentioned most often. What they said is true. They are a good value, professional and curious. From the fella that helped me with the estimate to Curtis, Robert and Joe who did the work, they are a quality company. All spoke highly of their management as peopled-centered and principled on behalf of their employees and customers. You could feel the genuine appreciation for the company owner's respect when they spoke. Oh, and the work was done in two weeks from the date of the estimate. The swift service was not necessary but very much appreciated!read more
Missy Green
Missy Green
20:09 22 Feb 22
First Craig came to my home, cleaned and did a thorough inspection of both my fireplaces and found serious repair... needed. He showed me the pics and explained the process. Today the crew of Kyle, Isaac, and Rick came to do the repair. All 4 of these men were respectful and kind. They were careful to put booties on each time the entered the home. What great representatives of their employer. I would highly recommend them and Chimney Works to anyone one in need of their services.read more
Jamie Mead
Jamie Mead
18:13 17 Feb 22
Kyle W. & Rick R. installed a locktop damper on our chimney. Both gentlemen were very polite and professional.Kyle... went above & beyond to discuss & listen to our future goals for the fireplace/chimney. In hearing what we wanted, he was truthful and honest about the unnecessary extra work that was in the original quote.Kyle didn’t hesitate to call the office to amend the quote to what really needed done - saving us money on something we didn’t really need or want done in the first place.Not once did Kyle speak poorly of the coworker that gave the original quote. He was simply upfront and honest & this was more than appreciated.read more
Dave Averbeck
Dave Averbeck
18:53 27 Jan 22
Hello all, James took great care to keep my home clean at all times. After his thorough cleaning and inspection inside... and outside, he was able to show me exactly what was going on with my fireplace and chimney walls. We sat and discussed repair options and costs for nearly a half hour until we had no further questions. Thanks again James!read more
Cheryl Schemenaur
Cheryl Schemenaur
17:23 08 Jan 22
We are very happy with the work the Chimney Works team did repairing the masonry of our fireplace. Cameron and Isaac... were kind, courteous and did a great job! It is comforting to know our chimney will not leak. Cameron and Isaac were very respectful of our property and also cleaned up prior to their departure. They wound up the garden hose and removed all the debris without damaging any of our perennials. Awesome job gentlemen!read more
Cathy Kreis
Cathy Kreis
20:24 03 Jan 22
Cody, Curtis, Joe and Roman were great. This was the best experience I’ve ever had with service in my home. They were... punctual, called ahead and arrived ready to work. They were really efficient in setting things up to install my new insert. They were very patient about removing my old 800 pound 40 year insert and actually seemed as though they were having fun. They worked well together as a team— I was impressed with their “esprit de corps.” In addition I was impressed with how patiently they were in listening to my constant prattle.😄😃😁 They were very careful in keeping things clean and not damaging anything in the installation process. Imagine—they even redecorated my mantle before they left. They are the real deal. You can be proud of this team for sure. They are very good at what they do..read more
Craig Maness
Craig Maness
19:10 14 Dec 21
Kyle W and Zach S did a fantastic job repairing my chimneys! They showed up on time and fully explained the work they... were going to perform. The new crown coating looks fantastic, they scraped off moss growth and they chimneys look years younger. I would absolutely recommend this company for any physical repairs.read more
Amanda Strohl
Amanda Strohl
18:30 07 Dec 21
I would recommend this business to anyone that has a fireplace. The professionalism and communication is TOP of line.... Jeremy W. came out today and cleaned and inspected our chimney and was amazing. Honesty , reliability and communication are hard to find in the industry and this company has it all. Thank you! and we will be using your services again soon. :0)read more
Bill Angel
Bill Angel
20:20 18 Nov 21
Brandon May was an excellent resource to advise us on our chimney repairs and what was needed to correct the issues. He... was professional, thorough and explained everything to me. Our install crew of Kyle and Joe did a very thorough and professional job fixing and correcting all of the identified problems and issues. They were great to work with: on time, explained what they were doing, included me in the process, cleaned up after the work was performed and very professional. I would recommend their honest and professional services to you and everyone I know. Great job gentlemen!!read more
Idil Oguz
Idil Oguz
03:44 27 Oct 21
Unfortunately, we had a terrible experience with Chimney Works. We bought a house where the chimney was never used. We... called Chimney works to inspect it (since they had such great reviews). Long story short, we paid in full and got a heat shield package. We waited a while but they scheduled, They arrived, and did the job. Once the cold weather started to come, we noticed we didn’t have a damper. Us being new homeowners with a chimney for the first time, called chimney works and asked if they had noticed we didn’t have one when they did the work. After many back and forth phone calls between the receptionist, and us remaining very patient, they finally admitted to taking the damper off while doing the job and accidentally taking it with them when they left. They said they would put on a new one with no charge. Time was scheduled and my husband took off work. They never showed up. When my husband called to see what was going on, he was told the technicians last appointment ran late and that they have to reschedule. Conversation got heated when my husband started to use curse words to express his frustration (which we both regret). The manager took the phone and told my husband because of that, they will Not be working with us anymore and hung up. Well, they have a piece of our house without our consent and we have a warranty with them that is signed in the contract. Now, when we call, they say someone will call us back.. but no one does. I have sincerely apologized on my husbands behalf multiple times through phone and email. We wanted to support a small, family owned, local business. However, it now has come to them stealing from our house and not withholding their side of the contract. My attorney is taking it over from here. Most unprofessional company I have ever worked with.read more
Erik Gampfer
Erik Gampfer
20:10 11 Sep 20
Vinny was very professional and polite as well as informative. He did an excellent job. They were punctual and gave a... courtesy call to let me know when they’d arrive. However, I did not end up using this service.read more
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 others.read 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 completed.read 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 else.read 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 it.read 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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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.

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