About Dr. SOOT

About Us

Serving Colorado Since 1989

Your home’s safety is our #1 concern

Dr. SOOT Chimney Services was founded in 1989 by Lou Neitz, who sought to bring his expertise and passion for chimney care to the local community. After a successful corporate career, Lou was drawn to the technical and physical demands of chimney sweeping, as well as the satisfaction of working for himself. He was soon joined by his wife Martha, who brought her logistical and customer service skills to the business.

Together, the Neitzes built Dr. SOOT into a trusted provider of chimney care and maintenance services. With a commitment to excellence and a focus on customer satisfaction, they have established a reputation for expert chimney care and unmatched professionalism. Whether you need a routine sweep or more complex repairs, Dr. SOOT has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to keep your chimney in top condition.

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Educating Customers

Expert Colorado Springs Chimney Sweep

Ask us anything about fireplaces, chimneys or the latest in wood stoves and we can tell you all about it. We don’t just sweep—we are experts in wood heating. We attend conferences, read trade publications and are active members of several professional organizations.

• The National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG)
• Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)
• The National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM)

We are also members of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and have a current Contractors License from the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department.

Detailed Chimney Records

We Know If We Worked On Your Home Before You Bought It


The Neitzes and their employees know their business and take very seriously their role in maintaining the safety of homes and families in Colorado Springs, Monument, Palmer Lake, Fountain, Peyton, Black Forest, and Manitou Springs. Martha carefully keeps records all the way back to 1989 and sends a reminder to homeowners that request reminders. If you just bought a home in our local area, you can call them to find out if/when Dr. SOOT last serviced your system.

If you haven’t had your chimney swept in a while or if you’re thinking of adding a fireplace or wood stove, give Dr. SOOT a call.  In addition, if you have questions about the operation of your system, we will try to help right over the phone. They want to make sure your home is warm, cozy and safe

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I found Dr. SOOT through Angie’s list where the business was highly recommended. This is a family business and they were a pleasure to deal with. My appointment was scheduled promptly and Dr. SOOT arrived on time with his top hat. He cleaned my chimney and fireplace efficiently and left no traces. I would recommend Dr. SOOT without reservation.

Angie’s List Customer

I recently purchased a house from the ’70’s and I was unsure of the condition of the fireplace. Dr. SOOT came by and let me know my chimney was in fantastic condition! … [H]e only charged me for the check, which was much simpler than hoped for, so I had peace of mind for much less!

Larisa Janzen

I used Dr. SOOT Chimney Sweep to clean our wood-burning fireplace. They showed up on time [and] did a fast and thorough job. We expected to have ash to clean up, BUT they did all the clean up and left the fireplace looking like new. I would highly recommend them. After the fact I found out that they are a member of the Chimney Sweep Guild and are real professionals, not just some guy with a brush!

Craig McColm

Extremely helpful. You’re dealing with the owners who really know their stuff.

Andy Nguyen

Worked with Dr. SOOT, Chimney Sweep for years! They have serviced both our personal residence and rental property! They are highly professional and have incredible, outstanding customer service! I highly recommend them!

Patti Palka

I have used Dr. SOOT for 17 years and Lou does wear the Top Hat!!! Great company to do business with and the only ones that I will let clean my chimney! They protect your floors when cleaning and clean up when finished. AAA+ service from the time you call for service to the end of the work. Thank You!

Brian Kelly