W.E.T.T Testing
Fireplace Inspections

Making sure you stay warm and insured.
How to prepare for a W.E.T.T inspection
Please ensure the wood/pellet stove has been cleaned inside and all ashes removed safely.
 
  • Check to make sure an Inspector can access the Stoves label that has the required distances to combustibles and shows me the serial number, certification authority etc.
  • If an Inspector cannot see this label or if the label is missing, an Inspector cannot certify the unit.
  • Ensure all combustible materials are kept at a safe distance. Check appliance plate for distances required.
  • You must have a metal container with a sealed metal lid stored on a non-combustible surface for ash disposal. An Inspector will need to see it and take a picture of it for your file.
  • All fire brick inside the stove should be in good condition with no cracks or deterioration.
  • Have appliance manuals available so an Inspector can obtain any additional information that I may require.
  • Appliance, chimney and flue pipes need to be cleaned at least once a year. More if you burn a lot of wood or if the appliance is not burning clean.
     
Note: A W.E.T.T inspection will not certify a gas appliance and we can only inspect readily accessible components of the chimney flue interior. If you require the interior of a chimney to be inspected, you will need to contact a W.E.T.T certified “Chimney Sweep” who will first clean the chimney and then inspect it with video equipment.
What is a W.E.T.T Test/Fireplace Inspection?
 
Do I need one?
by Yvonne von Jena | Apr 5, 2013 | Specialty Services
 
A W.E.T.T inspection, which stands for Wood Energy Technology Transfer, includes a thorough inspection of all wood burning appliances such as stoves and open fireplaces, by a certified W.E.T.T 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.
 
Why Would I Need a W.E.T.T Specialty Inspection?
An inspection for the wood burning technologies in your home is important for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the safety of you and your family. With wood burning appliances, the potential for harmful pollutants to be released into your home as well as combustible materials to ignite is increased, so it is important that these appliances are regularly inspected and properly maintained. If you have a home that already includes one of these features, or you would like to purchase one and have it installed in your home, having a W.E.T.T certified inspector or technician involved is a necessity.
 
W.E.T.T specialty inspections are also now being required as a part of the home insuring process. In fact, many homeowners first hear about W.E.T.T specialty inspections because an insurance company asks that their appliances be examined by a W.E.T.T certified inspector. In Canada, insurance companies require homes using wood burning appliances to be thoroughly inspected by a professional and cleared/approved before the home can be insured.
 
If purchasing an older home that includes any of these wood-burning appliances, a W.E.T.T inspection is an absolute necessity. Cottages often include wood-burning appliances, and often the installation of these features is not in compliance with W.E.T.T standards. An inspection will be able to tell you whether or not these appliances are operating optimally, are in good structural condition, and that they burning in a way that does not compromise your health and safety.

Introduction to Wood Stoves

Home owners and Insurance companies want to make sure the wood burning appliance used in the home such as fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves and wood furnaces are safe and meet today’s W.E.T.T inspection code requirements to ensure they are safe.
 
The first thing you should check when searching for a home is if there is a wood/pellet/gas stove in the home. If there is, check the back of the stove to see if there is a certification plate permanently fixed to the appliance. It should list what organization certified the appliance, it’s model and serial number along with minimum clearances required to combustibles. If there is no plate attached to the stove, the stove has to be considered as a non-certified stove and the distances from walls and combustible material is greater. This means the appliance will take up a lot more room in your room than a certified appliance.
 
Assure Property Solutions W.E.T.T certified inspector(s) and will inspect the appliance to ensure it meets today’s safety standards and codes set out by W.E.T.T inc and the safety testing laboratories requirements during the inspection process.
 
Check with your insurance company to determine if they have their own form they would like filled out on their behalf. Some insurance companies do require this. If not, I will include my findings within the inspection report and will email you a copy.
 
If you would like to book your W.E.T.T inspection, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please advise when you would like to make the appointment and provide any details you may have about your wood stove such as;
 
  1. Is it certified?
  2. Is it a EPA wood stove?
  3. Do you have the manual?
  4. Do you know the make and model number?

    Any of these details will be helpful as I can collect information online that I will need before I show up. If you do not know, don’t worry. We will get the details when we inspect it.
 
If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact us any time.
What is included in a WETT Inspection?
A WETT specialty inspection is an inspection that must be conducted by an inspector who is WETT certified. A general 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. It should also include a visit to the roof to examine the chimney for any potential structural or ventilation issues.
 
The inspection might include an examination of a wood stove, flue pipe, chimney, and wood-burning fireplace. An inspector should look at the positioning of the system, and its distance in relation to any combustible materials. If there is a problem with the function of the technology in your home, it is important that the technician you employ is also a licensed WETT technician.
 
 
The Bottom Line
WETT specialty inspections are more than just something to offer you peace of mind, if wood-burning appliances are a part of your home’s features, it is of paramount importance that these appliances are both installed properly and inspected for your safety.

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