WETT Inspections

Many insurance companies in Canada are requiring Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) inspections, the inspection of wood-burning appliances, before issuing insurance. A WETT-inspector will visually inspect the safety of any wood-burning appliances.

A standard home inspection includes a visual assessment of the components of the fireplace, hearth and chimney. However, depending on your area and the property insurance you choose, a WETT inspection may be required.

Certified WETT inspectors will specifically inspect components of all wood-burning appliances and fireplaces to determine whether they were installed safely and in accordance with building and fire code requirements. WETT inspectors are required to complete a minimum of four days of formal training and declare a minimum of 80 weeks of related field experience before being certified.

The Wood Energy Technology Transfer Inc., a non-profit training and educational association, maintains a registry of certified professionals, including inspectors, WETT-certified technicians and chimney sweeps.

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