A WETT inspection will probably be required for any home that has a wood burning appliance. WETT stands for Wood Energy Technology Transfer, and it involves making sure that a fireplace, woodstove and chimney in a home are up to code and safe. In addition to getting a WETT inspection before you buy a home, it is also important to get regular WETT inspections every year if your current home has a fireplace or woodstove in it.
WETT Certified Inspectors must take and pass a two day Code Compliant course with a passing grade of 70 percent. They then can choose to become a certified tech or advisor, earn their certification in chimney sweeping, or earn a WETT certification in SITE basic.
The basic requirements for WETT Inspectors includes acquiring 80 weeks of field related work and must supply a letter of reference. Inspectors who choose to become WETT certified in SITE basic also have to complete 30 inspections of wood burning appliances, which further ensures that they know exactly what to look for.
A Professional WETT Certified Inspector will examine all the visible parts of your wood stove and chimney looking at such items as the liner, the smoke chamber, damper, firebox and other working parts inside the fireplace or woodstove to make sure that they are working properly.
The most important part of the WETT Inspection is the clearances required to combustible construction. Every Certified Wood Stove has required clearances that must be met in order to pass a WETT Inspection.
There is no actual process provided by WETT, so every inspector will have his own way of doing things. The inspection typically involves a visual inspection of everything, and if the inspector is concerned about anything he sees, then he will make a recommendation about the unit and whether any repairs are needed.
In Barrie Ontario the WETT Certified Professional of choice is wett-inspection.com whether for a wood stove, fireplace or pellet stove inspection. A professional inspection company that has been performing WETT inspections since 2005. Experience and knowledge do make a difference, so for peace of mind choose a reputable professional.