What Is A WETT Inspection and Why Do I Need One?

Real Estate Agent with Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty

What Is A WETT Inspection and Why Do I Need One?

A WETT inspection, also known as a Wood Energy Technology Transfer inspection, is a specialty inspection that take a look at all wood burning appliances, things like a wood burning stove or a fireplace, by a specially certified inspector.

A malfunctioning wood burning appliance can be a major health and safety issue, so doing a WETT inspection will give you peace of mind when you're buying, selling or living in your home.  In addition, some insurers may require that you have one done.

WETT InspectionsWhile a routine home inspection includes a visual inspection of wood burning appliances, a WETT inspection goes much further.  A WETT certified inspector will investigate all the elements of any wood burning technologies in your home to make sure that they are installed correctly and are installed with compliance to building codes and regulations. 

A WETT inspection will also include a visit to the roof to examine the chimney for any potential structural or ventilation issues.  Your inspector will likely look at things such as the 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. 

It's a good idea to be sure that the WETT inspector you employ is also a WETT technician, in case any problems are discovered with the wood burning items in your home.

Bottom line?  Doing a WETT inspection makes sense not only for peace-of-mind reasons, but for health and safety concerns as well!


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