WETT Inspections

If you have one or more wood-burning appliances in your home, including stoves, furnaces, fireplaces and other such appliances, you may need a WETT inspection. A WETT inspection allows you to ensure that all of your wood-burning appliances are functioning safely and properly, and do not pose a risk to you, your family, or your home. Still not sure if you need a WETT inspection? Get the details below.

What Is A WETT Inspection?

WETT stands for Wood Energy Technology Transfer. This is an organizational body that certifies professional inspectors, who examine wood-burning appliances for efficiency and safety.

Therefore, a WETT inspection is a thorough, comprehensive assessment of any wood-burning appliance that is present in your home. A WETT inspection is necessary to make sure that your health and well-being are protected, and may also be a requirement for some insurers.

What Does A WETT Inspection Include? What’s The Process Like?

Any typical home inspection will include a cursory visual inspection of chimneys, fireplaces, and hearths, and even wood-burning stoves and furnaces, in some cases. However, a WETT inspection is much more in-depth.

It’s conducted by a certified, qualified inspector. The inspector will use special tools and techniques to inspect every important element of a wood burning technology in your home, to ensure proper installation and functionality, and that they comply with all local regulations, building codes, and other guidelines.

The inspection will include a visual examination of all relevant systems and their positioning in the home, as well as ventilation checks to make sure that harmful pollutants, including carbon monoxide, are not building up in your home. If there is a potential issue, the examiner will alert you, and give you information on what you’ll need to do to proceed.

Do I Need a WETT Inspection?

If you have any kind of wood-burning appliance in your home, including a fireplace, periodic WETT inspections should be conducted on your home.

A WETT inspection ensures the proper functionality and efficiency of wood-burning appliances and it protects you from potential issues like house fires, harmful pollutants that may enter your home, carbon monoxide buildup, and more. In addition, periodic WETT inspections may be required by some insurance companies. If you currently live in a home that has any kind of wood-burning appliance, we recommend that you get a WETT inspection right away if you have never had one performed in the past.

If you’re a prospective home buyer, we usually recommend that you have a WETT inspection performed before you purchase a house with wood-burning appliances. As mentioned, a home inspector will likely perform basic assessments of these appliances, but may not have the skills or tools required to ensure their complete safety and efficiency.