WETT Inspections

WETT Inspections in Barrie, Orillia and Alliston

WETT Inspections – A WETT inspection, which stands for Wood Energy Technology Transfer, includes a visual inspection of all wood burning appliances such as stoves and open fireplaces, by a certified WETT inspector.

Given the potential threat these technologies pose to the well-being and health of those in the home, a WETT specialty inspection can give you the peace of mind you need when buying or selling a home, living in a home, and can also be a requirement when securing insurance.

Wett Inspections – Training

A professional home inspector must take a course to become WETT certified. The course typically consists of 4 days of training as well as 80 weeks of field experience before they receive certification.

While a typical home inspection includes a visual inspection of the fireplace, chimney and hearth, a WETT specialty inspection conducted by a certified inspector includes an inspection of all the elements of any wood burning technologies in the home to make sure that they are installed correctly and are installed with compliance to building codes and regulations. If possible It should also include a visit to the roof to examine the chimney for any potential structural or water damage issues.

What is WETT?

WETT is a non-profit training organization that teaches inspectors how to check wood burning appliances for code compliance and safety of installation. They often are required when you buy or have a wood burning appliance like a fireplace or wood burning stove installed.  When someone is WETT certified, it means that they are certified to perform safety checks on the installation of a wood burning appliance. The term doesn’t apply to your wood burning stove or fireplace, but identifies the qualifications of person who is inspecting these appliances.

What is Inspected?

A WETT inspection is an inspection carried out by an inspector who is WETT Certified.

Below is a list of items that may be inspected by your WETT Certified Inspector on a Wood Stove, Pellet Stove or Fireplace inspection:

Typically, when people are looking for an insurance type of inspection, a WETT certified inspector will conduct a visual Level I inspection to determine if there is evidence of any problems with the installation.

The Level I inspection is essentially a general overview of the readily accessible parts, clearances, chimney heights, stove location with respect to combustible materials and visual signs to determine if the system meets the CSA Standard B365 (Installation Code for Solid-Fuel-Burning Appliances and Equipment).

Call Roger at 705-795-8255 for your WETT Certified Inspection

The Barrie WETT inspector recommends you have your chimney cleaned prior to a WETT inspection.  Most avid wood burners do their own chimney cleaning so this would not be an extra expense.  As the Barrie Home Inspector only inspects and does not clean chimneys,  he recommends you have a WETT Certified Chimney Sweep clean and inspect your wood burning appliance and chimney to save yourself money.

We have been performing WETT Certified Inspections to Barrie, Alliston, Orillia, Bradford, Newmarket, Holland Landing, Tottenham, Thornton, Innisfil, Stayner, Collingwood, Georgian Triangle, Wasaga Beach, Elmvale, Midland, Penetang, Brechin, Lagoon City and Honey Harbour for over 15 years.   We do island inspections and cottage inspections on weekends in the summer season.

For more information and installation and clearances visit WETT Inspection Facts