All About WETT Inspections

Erich Kelter - Monday, July 11, 2011

There are several things inspectors will look at when they perform a WETT inspection. Items such as the chimney, the liner, the smoke chamber, damper, firebox and other working parts inside the fireplace or woodstove to make sure that they are working properly. The inspector will also make sure clearances to combustible materials are sufficient so you can use your wood burning appliance safely.

How do companies become certified to perform WETT inspections?

In order to be a certified provider of WETT inspections, inspectors first have to go through a code compliance course to make sure they have the knowledge. Then they can choose to become a certified tech or advisor, earn their certification in chimney sweeping, or earn a WETT certification in SITE basic. Inspectors only become certified after at least 80 weeks of work in the field and require a letter of reference. Inspectors who choose to become WETT certified in SITE basic also have to complete 30 inspections of wood burning appliances, which further ensures that they know exactly what to look for.

How do I find a qualified company to perform a WETT inspection?

Before you let anyone come over to inspect your fireplace and chimney, it is very important that you ask them specifically if they can perform a WETT inspection. Also ask if they are certified to provide WETT inspections, because some companies that perform WETT inspections may check most of the right things, although they aren't certified to be able to ensure your safety. Above Grade Home Inspections Inc. has a great reputation for quality WETT inspections that come with a report delivered right after the inspection is complete.

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