Do you own a wood stove, wood furnace or a pellet stove? Have you had your system inspected recently? If not you could be putting yourself at an unnecessary risk. In fact the Ontario Fire Code feels that it is so important that it even mandates an annual inspection.
A WETT (Wood Energy Technology Transfer) Inspection will ensure that the installation was performed properly and that the condition is safe to operate.
It is the health and safety of your family and friends that is at risk.
I am both a Certified Comprehensive Inspector as well as a Certified Chimney Sweep, this added experience and certification allows a proper inspection to be performed. In fact there are few other inspectors in the Barrie, Midland or Collingwood area who have this level of training and experience.
What do I inspect during a WETT Inspection?
on most single wood stoves or fireplaces – discounts if done with Home Inspection
Typically a properly performed WETT inspection would include items such as:
- Chimney & Cap
- Chimney Liner or Flue Tiles
- Smoke Chamber
- Fireplace Damper
- Firebox & Firebricks/Refractory Bricks/Linings
- Hearth & Floor Protection
- Mantle & Clearances to Combustible Walls & Ceilings
- Heat Shield Construction for Reduced Clearances
- Proper Flue Pipe Installation & Venting
- Clearance to Combustible Exterior Items
- Chimney Foundations & Masonry
- Overall Condition of the Woodstove, Fireplace and its Chimney
Having a WETT Inspection will not only make your insurance company happy, it will provide you and your family with “Peace Of Mind”.
When doing the WETT Inspection, typically the report is ready onsite the day of the inspection.
I have had many ask why I have a Chimney Sweep Certification, as I am a Home Inspector. Good Question, and in fact I am the only Home Inspector with Chimney Sweep Certification with WETT. Why did I take the time to do the hours in the messy task of Chimney Sweeping? Well, it is simple really and how I carry on all the Home Inspection work. If one is going to do a job, they should know how to do it right, and perform the very best for the client. By taking the additional time to perform sweeps, pull wood stoves apart, one gains knowledge that a Basic Inspector could and never would have. It also provided the path to becoming a Comprehensive Inspector, which was my ultimate goal.
Our WETT Inspections are typically $175 or $100 if done at the same time as a Home Inspection.