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WETT Inspections in Edmonton

Fireplaces by Weiss-Johnson offers WETT inspections in Edmonton. Our technicians have gone through the WETT certification process and are available to provide WETT inspections of fireplaces, chimneys, wood-burning appliances and central-heating systems.  An inspection of your wood-burning system by a WETT-certified professional is important not only for safety and functional purposes of your solid-fuel-burning system within your home, but also for insurance and real estate related reasons as well.

An inspection by a WETT-certified professional is different that one provided by both home inspectors and real estate companies.  A WETT-certified professional goes through a rigorous training process while general home inspectors only go through a 1/2 day course and cannot provide WETT certified reports.

Levels of WETT inspections

SITE® is a set of standardized guidelines and procedures that are recommended by WETT for the inspection and/or evaluation of solid-fuel-burning systems. SITE® has three levels of inspection:

Level 1: Visual Inspection — “Readily Accessible”

Readily Accessible is defined as quickly or easily reached for inspection.

A Visual inspection does not require the use of special tools for the opening or removal of any panel, door, covering, or system components; nor (unless at the discretion of the inspector and client) would it require the use of ladders.

An inspector will measure clearances, open stove doors and all ground-accessible dampers/clean-out doors, visually inspect the chimney from the ground and inspect the easily visible portions of the flue (such as first tiles of an open fireplace, or top section if the inspector has accessed the roof ).

A measuring tape, flashlight, mirror, camera, selfie-stick and/or other basic tools should comprise (but are not limited to) the typical tools required to perform for this level of inspection.

Level 2: Technical Inspection — “Accessible”

Accessible is defined as able to be reached for the purpose of inspection, without the use of invasive methods to access areas of the building, property or components of the solid-fuel-burning system.

Access may require the moving or removal of doors, panels, other coverings or system components, taking apart flue pipes, entering the attic to view additional system components or accessing the chimney from the roof.

Accessible system and/or building components can be repositioned to their original location and/or condition.

In addition to the tools used in a Visual inspection, the inspector may use a ladder and hand tools, including screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers.

Level 3: Invasive Inspection — “Concealed Accessibility”

Concealed Accessibility is defined as not able to be accessed except by invasive methods.

Access to concealed areas would require general construction work to building elements, including the opening of walls or ceilings, the disassembly or invasive work on masonry or prefab chimneys and examination of the chimney liner.

It may not be possible to reposition the removed property or system components to their original location and/or condition.

A permit would be required from the Authority Having Jurisdiction when compromising structural building components. The WETT inspector should get an agreement in writing from the client prior to any invasive methods.

In addition to the tools used in a Visual and Technical inspection, the inspector may use specialty tools such as video scanning or other equipment utilized by installers or chimney sweeps. Power tools including drills, saws or other equipment may be used, based upon work required.


An inspector will be able to help you assess which level of inspection is required based on your needs. For most insurance and real estate inspections, a Visual inspection may be sufficient. If, during the course of the inspection, the inspector sees signs of concern, a Technical or Invasive inspection may be recommended. Inspection or service of a solidfuel- burning system may result in a recommendation for further action including, but not limited to, repair or replacement of system components, and/or sweeping of the venting system, and/or a higher level of inspection.

If your wood-burning system is not functioning properly or is causing concerns such as smoke spillage, rapid creosote accumulation, etc., you should discontinue use and contact a WETT-certified technician or sweep.

What type of report will I receive?

You will receive a written report detailing the areas in which the installation meets or does not meet the requirements of the manufacturer’s installation instructions and the appropriate codes. An installation is either in compliance of the inspection area or it is not.

WETT provides members with inspection forms for their use. Typically, most forms for Visual inspections will capture information that includes appliance type, certification markings, clearances and if the installation meets the relevant codes. Given the detailed nature of Technical and Invasive inspections, additional information may be captured.

For how long is an inspection report valid?

The nature of any inspection report is that it records what was seen at the date and time of the inspection. After completing an inspection report and leaving the premises, the inspector has no control over, nor knowledge of, any changes to a solid-fuel-burning system. Consequently, an inspection report can only warrant what was seen and recorded at the time of the inspection.

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