When you require a WETT Inspection in Alliston or New Tecumseth, call the Alliston Home Inspector for prompt and experienced service. Over tens years as Certified WETT Inspector and over 5,000 home inspections ensures your investment is protected when purchasing a new home.
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WETT inspection is a visual inspection of a wood-burning appliance to help ensure the appliance is safe and complies to the current building code requirements (BC365). WETT inspections are commonly requested by real-estate agents during a home sale or purchase and home owners when requested by their insurance companies.
Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) is the authority on all solid fuel burning appliances in Canada. The Canadian Standards Authority (CSA) recognizes the Standard B365 as the guide lines to ensure the safe and proper installation of all wood stoves, pellet stoves, factory built fire places, combination furnaces and add-on furnaces.
Some Common Questions Asked by WETT Inspection Clients
WHAT ARE CLEARANCES?
Clearances represent the minimum distance that a woodburning appliance can be installed from anything that could overheat and potentially burn. During normal operation, the outer surface of a wood burning stove reaches temperatures around 300°C (570°F). At peak output, it can reach temperatures as high as 540°C (1000°F).
If combustible materials are located too close to the stove, they could ignite and cause a house fire. The closer you are to a fire, the more intense the heat. Clearances are designed to keep combustible materials around a (190°F), even in the event of a chimney fire.
Wood exposed to temperatures as low as 120°C (250°F) over a pro-longed period of time will begin to char and may ultimately ignite. The highest temperature to which combustibles can safely be exposed for long periods is 90°C (190°F).
WHAT’S A “COMBUSTIBLE”‘?
A combustible is anything that will burn, including wallpaper, wood studs, certain types of insulation (e.g., polystyrene) and paneling. Even so – called “fire resistant” gypsum board (drywall) panels are considered combustible. According to the Building Code any product that does not have a fire-resistant rating is considered a combustible.
WHAT CAN FAIL MY WETT INSPECTION?
Many items can cause your WETT Inspection to fail to meet recognized standards. Some common items are:
Cracked and damaged flue tiles.
Dampers seized and in-operable
Failure to meet required distances to combustibles
Improper wall and ceiling connectors.
There are many more items that you may be required to fix or repair prior to obtaining a WETT certificate that an insurance company will accept. Call Roger to discuss your installation or concerns regarding WETT inspections for Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, Hearth Mount Stoves and Pellet Stoves.
Do you require a basic visual inspection such as for insurance or pre-purchase of a home equipped with a wood burning appliance or fireplace? A basic visual inspection is a general overview of the readily accessible parts to determine if the system meets current regulations. If this description fits your needs call today and book your Certified WETT Inspection.