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 – This clay flue liner will require repair prior to using chimney.
- The liner and flue – Many times the chimney will require cleaning prior to inspection.
- 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
In most cases, a basic visual inspection will be enough to tell the inspector if the installation of your wood burning appliance is safe. In other cases, you may need a more intensive type 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 perform maintenance on wood burning appliances or fix major problems that you may have with them.
The Wasaga Beach Home Inspector offers WETT inspections. Having your wood burning appliance inspected by a Certified WETT inspector will help keep your home safe. You should have any wood burning appliance inspected a least once a year or more depending on amount of wood your are burning. The only way to keep your home completely safe from fire is to prevent it before it happens, and having a WETT inspection can help you do that.
The most common requirement for a WETT inspection is during the sale of a property. Most insurance companies now require that home owners have their wood burning appliance inspected by a certified WETT Inspector who will provide a their clients an inspection report. Check with your insurance company prior to taking possession to ensure you will comply with their requirements. Most professional home inspector’s will include a WETT Inspection as part of home inspection package.
The Wasaga Beach Home Inspector will provide a WETT Inspection report for $75.00 when included as part of home inspection.
Maintaining your chimney will depend on the use of your wood burning appliance and the amount of the wood you burn. Appliances used for daily heating throughout the winter will most likely require chimney to be swept twice a year. Wood burning appliances which are infrequently used should be swept once a year. However, maintenance should be completed if you suspect any deficiency or if you are experiencing any issues in the performance of your appliance. Your certified chimney sweep can advise you if more frequent cleaning is required.