Barrie WETT Inspections for Alliston, Orillia and Cottage Country
Wood Fire Risks
Wood burning appliances are one of the highest fire risk areas in the home and with concerns or both loss of life and replacement of fire damage. Insurance companies, CSA and Building Code requirements have increasingly raised the safety standards for wood burning appliances in the home.
The non-profit organization taking the lead for training standards in the wood burning fireplace and appliance industry is known as the Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) association. There are WETT local chapters across North America and they provide training and education for the construction, installation, maintenance, and inspection of wood burning devices like wood fireplaces.
When it comes to inspecting wood burning fireplaces, the WETT group has created 3 distinct levels of inspection based on the amount of work involved in the inspection. All WETT inspections include a written report (or checklist for level 1) for each fireplace.
This is an inspection of the ‘readily accessible’ components of the system. The inspector in a level 1 WETT inspection will not use any tools (including ladders) and will look at the visible systems of the fireplace and chimney to determine if it is code compliant and appears to be safe to operate. Any observed deficiencies will cause a recommendation for another level of inspection prior to operation of the unit.
This is an inspection of all ‘accessible’ components of the system. The level 2 inspection (which may be a follow-up to a level 1 inspection) looks at the suitability and integrity of system components. It is also required if there has been any changes in appliances or major components; or, if there has been an event like a fireplace fire. Technicians in a level 2 inspection may disassemble some accessible components of the system as part of the normal inspection.
Level 1 and 2 inspections look at accessible areas for inspection. Unfortunately, not all areas of a fireplace or chimney system are readily visible and in some cases, technicians will need to gain access to a concealed area. When gaining access for the inspection will require an ‘invasive’ or ‘destructive’ inspection (e.g. damaging walls, chimneys, ceilings) this is called a level 3 inspection. Level 3 inspections will create damages to the home that will require repairs and may involved specialized tools.
Today many stoves, fireplaces and chimneys can be problematic.
Common signs of potential hazard are:
• Smoke stains on the face of the fireplace
• Loose brick in the firebox
• Damper problems
• Holes or fractures in the chimney structure
• No rain cap
• Improper installation of the stove or flue pipe (clearances)
• Smoke spillage in the living space or downstairs space
Call the Barrie WETT Inspection service to have your wood burning appliance inspected today!
WETT Inspection report delivered at time of inspection.
Barrie WETT Inspection provides service for Wood Stoves, Fireplaces, Fireplace Inserts, Outside Boilers and Pellet Stoves.
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