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How often should you have a WETT Inspection performed?

Erich Kelter - Thursday, May 30, 2013

Have you had your wood burning appliance inspected by a WETT certified professional this heating season? That’s a question that any homeowner that uses a wood burning appliance should ask themselves (once a year to be exact! J)

One of the most popular questions asked by our clients over the years is “how often should I have a WETT inspection performed on my wood burning appliance?” The answer to this question could be debated to a certain degree based on appliance usage; however in most cases having a WETT inspection performed on a yearly basis is the safest and most prudent thing to abide by. From our experience it appears that many insurance companies are now also starting to adopt this frequency as the norm.

Benefits of regular WETT Inspections

Having a WETT inspection performed on a regular basis can help save you time and money, all while maintaining the most important aspect of your wood fired appliance; SAFETY! Through our personal experience over the last number of years as WETT certified professionals, we’ve seen a fair number of wood burning appliances in use that were downright scary! It’s simply not worth the risk to use an unsafe wood burning appliance in your home. Worst case scenarios for using an unsafe wood burning appliance include severe personal injury or property loss and even death.

A typical site basic WETT Inspection takes anywhere from 30-45 minutes with fees ranging from as little as $150 - $200. For such a small amount of time and money is it really worth the risk? Having regular WETT inspections can help keep insurance costs down and prevent expensive claims from being made by preventing house fires. Regular WETT inspections can also catch normal wear and tear items that are just starting to deteriorate and therefore keep repair costs down as opposed to waiting for an item to completely deteriorate or fail which can lead to higher repair or replacement costs.

Above Grade Home Inspections Inc. provides WETT inspections throughout Simcoe County including Barrie, Orillia, Alliston, Collingwood and surrounding areas. We perform WETT Inspections on all types of wood stoves, fireplaces and other wood burning appliances with reports delivered on-site.

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