What Is WETT Certification?
A WETT inspection, which stands for Wood Energy Technology Transfer includes a thorough inspection of all wood burning appliances such as wood stoves and open fireplaces, by a certified WETT inspector.
We are fully certified and will provide you with documents you can share with your insurance provider.
$100 discount for all WETT inspections completed at the same time as a Home Inspection.
Importance of WETT Inspections
A WETT inspection is an important part of a home purchase, and an inspection condition should always be inserted into an agreement of purchase and sale where the home has a fireplace or a woodstove.
Typically, a WETT inspection is required for cottages and rural properties which contain woodstoves. Many of these stoves are "weekend jobs" where the homeowner bought and installed a woodstove without the involvement of a professional.
Often these do-it-yourself jobs are either not installed properly, or the chimney, walls and roof have not been adequately insulated against the heat of the appliance.
A WETT inspection report details the areas in which the fire-burning installation meets or does not meet the manufacturer's instructions and the appropriate building codes.
A typical building inspection will not be sufficient if the home has a fireplace or woodstove. Unless a home inspector has a WETT certification, a separate inspection of the fireplace by a certified technician is required.
The issue is more than certifying the original installation. The WETT report will also note whether it is still safe to use the fireplace.
If fireplaces are improperly used and maintained, they can be dangerous to the homeowner and could also prevent a buyer from getting home insurance.
An unsafe fireplace may have a buildup of creosote. This flammable substance is hard, dark and crustlike and is produced during incomplete combustion of wood, and when it accumulates inside the fireplace or chimney over time, it can cause a fire.
A complete inspection might involve checking whether the chimney has a cap with wire mesh sides to keep rain, birds, animals, and debris from entering. The outer mortar between the bricks or stone of the chimney will be examined to make sure it is intact. The inspector also looks for cracked tile liners or missing bricks, and dents, rust and missing screws on metal chimneys.
If a wood-burning stove or fireplace is not used and maintained correctly, the results can be disastrous and even fatal.