Buying a House in Vancouver? Some people may want to perform a WETT inspection.
What is a WETT inspection?
WETT stands for Wood Energy Technology Transfer. The WETT inspection includes a very thorough inspection of wood burning appliances – typically fireplaces.
What exactly is included in a WETT inspection?
A WETT inspection is an inspection that must be conducted by an inspector who is WETT certified. A general home inspector must take a course to become WETT certified as well.
While a typical home inspection includes a visual inspection of the fireplace, chimney and hearth, a WETT specialty inspection conducted by a certified inspector includes an inspection of all the elements of any wood burning technologies in the home to make sure that they are installed correctly and are installed with compliance to building codes and regulations. It should also include a visit to the roof to examine the chimney for any potential structural or ventilation issues.
The inspection might include an examination of a wood stove, flue pipe, chimney, and wood-burning fireplace. An inspector should look at the positioning of the system, and its distance in relation to any combustible materials. If there is a problem with the function of the technology in your home, it is important that the technician you employ is also a licensed WETT technician.
Do you need a WETT inspection on the home you are potentially buying?
A WETT inspection for the wood burning technologies in your home is important for a number of reasons, mainly for the safety of you and your family. With wood burning appliances, the potential for harmful pollutants to be released into your home as well as combustible materials to ignite is increased, so it is important that these appliances are regularly inspected and properly maintained. If you have a home that already includes one of these features, or you would like to purchase one and have it installed in your home, having a WETT certified inspector or technician involved is a necessity.
WETT specialty inspections are also now being required as a part of the home insuring process. In fact, many homeowners first hear about WETT specialty inspections because an insurance company asks that their appliances be examined by a WETT certified inspector. In Canada, insurance companies require homes using wood burning appliances to be thoroughly inspected by a professional and cleared/approved before the home can be insured.
If purchasing an older home that includes any of these wood-burning appliances, a WETT inspection is an absolute necessity. An inspection will be able to tell you whether or not these appliances are operating optimally, are in good structural condition, and that they burning in a way that does not compromise your health and safety.
Looking to do a WETT inspection? You can find a list of inspectors in your area at www.wettinc.ca
As a Vancouver Realtor it is important to check every possible angle for you clients when buying a home. Inspections, WETT inspections and many more helpful resources are out there for you when buying. Make sure your Realtor knows about every possible helpful resource out there before you buy.
Is your Vancouver Real Estate Agent recommending to NOT do an inspection of any type? If so, it is time to find a new one!
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