The Barrie Home Inspector provides WETT Inspections in accordance with WETT requirements.
WETT (Wood Energy Technology Transfer)
SITE (System Inspections and Technical Evaluation)
SITE is a set of standardized guidelines recommended by WETT for the inspection and evaluation of wood-burning and other solid fuel burning systems. This chart identifies what each inspection level includes, its purpose and process. An inspection at any level
may include more but not less than that outlined in the “SITE Chart and Guidelines”.
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|Level 1 Inspection “Readily Accessible”||Level 2 Inspection “Accessible”||Level 3 Inspection “Concealed Accessibility”|
|Scope(What is Included)||The inspection of “readily accessible” components of:(1) A wood/solid-fuel burning appliance, or(2) A site-built fireplace, and
(3) The venting system for:
a)The proper use of required components, and
b)clearance to combustibles, and
c)readily visible system obstructions or deposits.
|(1)A Level 1 inspection, and(2)an inspection of all “accessible” components of the system for clearance to combustibles and for obstructions or deposits, and(3)an evaluation of the construction, sizing, condition and suitability of “accessible” components of the system.
|1)A Level 1 and 2 inspection, and(2)an inspection of system components in areas of “concealed accessibility” for clearance to combustibles, and(3)an evaluation of construction, sizing, condition and suitability of components of the system in areas of “concealed accessibility”, and
(4)an examination of surrounding construction for evidence of damage.
|Purpose(Why and When)||(1) To verify code compliance of the readily accessible components:(a)At a homeowner’s request, or(b)with a homeowner’s permission, when requested by a third party such as a Realtor, insurance company, home buyer or seller etc.
|1)When a Level 1 inspection is deemed insufficient because of a detected or suspected compliance issue or hazard, or(2)when verification of the suitability and integrity of the system components is required, or(3)after an operating malfunction or external event that may have caused damage to the system, or
(4)if the system experiences combustion spillage events, or
(5)when an appliance is replaced, or
(6)when a major system component is replaced or requires significant repair.
|(1)When a Level 2 inspection is deemed insufficient because of a detected or suspected compliance issue or hazard that cannot be fully verified without access to concealed areas, or(2)after an incident that may have caused damage to any concealed parts of the system or building construction related to the system.|
|Process(What to Expect)||1)A basic visual inspection by a WETT certified SITE inspector; performed without a ladder or specialized tools.(2)A report using WETT’s recommended inspection checklist(s) or similar checklist(s), for the type of system being inspected.||(1)Inspection of accessible system components, which may include disassembly of accessible system components, by a WETT certified SITE Comprehensive Inspector, or by a WETT certified Technician, as a part
of an installation or major system component repair process.(2)A report using WETT’s recommended checklist(s), or similar checklist(s).(3)A written evaluation of the suitability and integrity of the system
|(1)The inspection by invasive means of concealed areas of the system by a WETT certified SITE Comprehensive Inspector, including the removal of nonstructural building components and/or the disassembly of parts of the system.(2)The possible use of specialized tools and equipment.(3)A comprehensive written report of the findings and possibly including inspection checklists.
|Wood Energy Technology Transfer Inc. (WETT Inc.) is a non-profit training and education association. Through professional training and public education, wett Inc. promotes the safe and effective use of wood and solid-fuel burning systems in Canada. SITE and WETT Inc. are registered trademarks of WETT Inc.|
The Ontario Fire Code requires homeowners to maintain the safety of their chimneys and inspect them at least once a year. Consulting a WETT (Wood Energy Technical Transfer) Certified chimney sweep will ensure the present and future owners’ safety, and help relieve the liability issues for all parties involved.
Many insurance companies in Canada are requiring Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) inspections, an inspection of wood burning appliances, before issuing insurance. A WETT-inspector will visually inspect the safety of any wood-burning appliances.
Many insurance companies in Canada are requiring Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) inspections, an inspection of wood burning appliances, before issuing insurance. A WETT-inspector will visually inspect the safety of any wood-burning appliances. Call the Barrie Home inspector for all your wood burning inspection requirements.
About 70 percent of a stove’s usable heat comes from radiation; therefore, it is important that it be made of a metal with a high conductivity rating, be a color that aids heat radiation, and have enough surface from which the heat can radiate. It should be airtight to aid combustion and lined to retain heat for prolonged radiation.
An appliance with less than 75 mm (3 in) of clearance between the floor protection pad shall be supported off the floor protection pad by two courses of 90 mm (3.5 in) thick hollow masonry, clay or concrete units, arranged so that the hollow cores in the two courses are at right angles to each other to permit air circulation through them.
The clearance between a solid-fuel-burning appliance and a fuel oil storage tank shall be at least 1.5 m (5 ft). except that the authority having jurisdiction may permit a lesser clearance in accordance with CSA Standard B139.
The ceiling protection shall have a least 75 mm (3 in) edge clearance on all sides, as shown in Figure 6. If an adhesive is used to support noncombustible material, it shall not ignite or lose its adhesive qualities at temperatures likely to be encountered. The heat shield mounting hardware shall be installed to allow full vertical ventilation. Such hardware shall be placed not closer than 200 mm (8 in) from the vertical center-line of the appliance, except for diagonal corner installations.
A combustible is anything that will burn, including wallpaper, wood studs, certain types of insulation (e.g., polystyrene), and paneling. Even so-called “fire-resistant” gypsum board (drywall) panels are considered combustible.
Even if a wall has a non-combustible surface of tile or brick, it is still considered combustible if this surface is mounted on combustible material such as gypsum board and wood studs. Only a wall of concrete or brick without wood behind it, or one made of metal studs with a totally non-combustible covering, can be considered non-combustible.
The WETT Certified Inspector provides a detailed inspection of your wood burning appliance and your flue pipe or chimney system. Most insurance companies will require a WETT Certified Inspector to inspect your new home or newly installed wood burning appliance prior to issuing insurance on your home. The best WETT Inspection site is www.wett-inspection.com which provides superior WETT Certified Inspections in Barrie, Alliston and Orilla.