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The Truth About Your WETT Inspection and WETT Certification!
Most home insurance companies now require that all their fireplaces or wood stoves be”WETT certified“. The problem is that there is no such thing as a WETT certification, only registered testing agencies (such as Underwriters Laboratory Canada, Underwriters Laboratory ( US version) or Warnock Hersey) can “certify” units mandated by the codes in CSA B365 through specific unit testing. However, this does not mean that WETT Certified inspections are not important.
WETT is actually a training organization that teaches inspectors how to check for code compliance and safety with wood burning appliances. They often are involved when you buy or have a wood burning appliance like a fireplace or wood burning stove installed. They also may help with maintenance and the prevention of problems. When someone is WETT certified, it means that they are certified to perform safety checks and maintenance on a wood burning appliance. The term doesn’t apply to your wood burning stove or fireplace, but rather, to the person who is inspecting these appliances.
WETT inspections typically include examinations of:
- The chimney
- The liner and flue
- The smoke chamber
- The damper
- The firebox
- The hearth or floor around the wood burning appliance
- Whether combustible surfaces are far enough away from the appliance and its parts
For Insurance Inspections a Site Basic Inspection will be enough to tell the inspector if the installation of your wood burning appliance is safe. In extreme cases, such as after a “Chimney Fire” you may need a Higher Level of inspection to make sure that even the parts you can’t see are working properly. A WETT certified member can handle basic visual inspections, but it takes a WETT certified technician to actually conduct the more intensive inspections. Technicians can also can remove parts and open up areas to inspect and perform maintenance on wood burning appliances or fix major problems that have arisen.
WETT Inspection.com offers WETT inspections. Having a WETT Certified Inspection will help keep your home safe. You should have your Wood Burning Appliance inspected at least once a year or more depending on how much you use your wood burning appliance. The only way to keep your home completely safe from fire is to prevent it before it happens.
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Here are some pictures from actual WETT Inspection performed in the Barrie and Simcoe County Area: