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Wett Certified Inspection 

A WETT inspection is the inspection of a solid-fuel-burning system, performed by a WETT-certified professional, for compliance with applicable codes and standards. Appliances or installations cannot be WETT certified.

Why You Need a WETT Inspection

An inspection of any wood burning appliance in your home is important for a number of reasons, mainly the safety of you and your family is of the utmost concern. With any wood burning appliances, the potential for harmful gases and pollutants being released into your home can be life theatening.  When you have an appliance with an open flame the possibility of combustible materials igniting is increased, so it is important that these appliances are regularly inspected and properly maintained to insure they meet the manufactures installation standards.  

WETT Inspections are commonly required as a part of obtaining home insurance. Many wood burning individuals are contacted by their insurance company requesting that they have their wood burning appliance inspected by a WETT Certified Inspector.  When changing insurance companies a WETT Inspection will also most likely be requested.

When buying an older home that includes a wood-burning appliance, a WETT inspection should be completed prior to closing. Cottages will often have a wood-burning appliances, and often the installation is not in compliance with required standards.  An inspection will be able to tell you whether your installation is safe which provides Peace of Mind for you and your family.

 

Chimney Cleaning

Wood fires create a build up in your chimney. When wood burns, it releases a host of contaminants that coat the inside of the chimney. Organic, flammable debris can enter the chimney, brought by the elements or by birds, vermin, and other animals. In addition, wind can deposit leaves and twigs in chimneys missing caps. The major concern in a chimney that needs cleaning is creosote, which is very difficult to remove, even with DIY methods.

Creosote

Creosote is an oily, black substance that is a contaminant byproduct of wood-burning fires. When fires burn in the fireplace, they release smoke, water vapor, gases, wood particles, tar,  and other pollutants.  These can create a flammable residue on the inside of the chimney liner in the form of creosote. Creosote condenses on the inside of the chimney until it’s removed, and is typically found in three stages: ash (stage one), flaky (stage two), and glazed (stage three). If you have a thickness of more than 1/8 inch of it on the walls, it needs to be removed.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR WOOD BURNING APPLIANCES