WETT Inspection Reports
When purchasing a home with any type of wood heating system, many home buyers do not realize that such a system needs to be WETT inspected for insurance purposes. WETT stands for Wood Energy Technology Transfer. Insurance underwriters work with this administration to ensure that the wood heating system is installed correctly and safely and provides a set of standards for inspections to ensure the fireplace or wood stove being used is insurable. An inspector of a wood heating system must be WETT certified in order to inspect these systems.
The WETT system consists of several courses recognizing the various types of work done by wood energy professionals. Certification is achieved by completing courses to earn educational credits. WETT trained professionals must abide by a code of ethics requiring professionalism in all aspects of their work.
The following information is taken from www.wettinc.ca, Frequently Asked Questions and will hopefully clear up a common misconception regarding WETT:
Q. How do I get a WETT inspection or WETT certificate?
A: There is no such thing as a WETT inspection, nor can any appliance be WETT certified. What is issued is an inspection report by someone who is WETT certified.
We frequently get requests for a “WETT Certificate,” a “WETT Certification,” a “WETT Approval” or they ask if it’s a “WETT Certified installation.” We also get requests for companies that are “WETT Certified.” All of which are incorrect. What should be issued is an inspection report, done by someone who is WETT certified. This is a common misconception we are working hard to clear up.
There are no legal requirements in Canada for a person to be WETT certified in order to perform inspections. However, many insurance companies are insisting that the inspection and/or installation and/or maintenance of wood-burning appliances and equipment be performed by someone who is WETT certified. The installation and maintenance of wood burning appliances is not regulated in Canada. As a non-profit training and educational association, WETT does not oversee, nor is it responsible for, the workmanship of its members. As such, WETT does not act as a regulator. Our role is education.
We train people who wish to get involved with the sale, installation, inspection and maintenance of wood-heating appliances. Once people complete our training program and declare experience, they become WETT certified in the specific area they sought training for. WETT certification implies that they have met the educational and experience requirements.
What you need to do is contact a WETT trained professional to inspect your wood-burning appliance. WETT has adopted a process to help identify the level of inspection required. We call this SITE.