Homebuyer alert: The WETT inspection, don’t let it be your disaster in the making.

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Homebuyer alert: The WETT inspection, a disaster in the making!

In Orillia, Gravenhurst, Muskoka, or Parry Sound I tell my home, cottage, or commercial property inspection clients that getting a WETT inspection when buying a property is not in their best interest. Many of my clients are surprised and some, especially those who have had a WETT inspection before, are shocked! I let them know that my home, cottage, or commercial inspection is all about reducing the risk in property buying for my clients and a WETT inspection just does not do that. Your insurance company, your realtor and maybe even the home inspector you called all say you should have a WETT inspection. The home inspector may have also have told you they can perform the WETT inspection at the same time as the home inspection saving you money and making the WETT inspection cheap or even free. Should you? My answer is most emphatically NO! The reasons I give to my home, cottage and commercial inspection clients I will now share with you. I believe, as do many others, a level 1 WETT inspection could be a disaster in the making for any property buyer.

No Peace of mind

Wood Energy Technology Transfer Inc. (WETT Inc.) is a non-profit training and educational association. Through professional training and public education, WETT Inc. promotes the safe and efficient use of wood-burning systems in Canada. How could a home, cottage and commercial property inspector argue that a WETT inspection is the wrong thing for a property buyer to have? The

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WETT inspection that insurance companies require, realtors recommend, and many home inspectors offer in conjunction to the home inspection service is a level 1 insurance inspection. This is a very basic inspection that any WETT certified member is trained to perform in the course of a four day training program. But, don’t you believe that it offers any peace of mind with regard to your family’s safety.

 

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The level 1 inspection consists of a general overview of the readily accessible parts of a wood burning system to determine if the system meets current regulations. In other words, does the stove have a manufactures data plate? Is it installed to meet the criteria on the data plate? Or, if the appliance data plate is hidden, given the installation guidelines in the four day training program, is this wood burning appliance installed correctly as far as you can see? Is the hearth noncombustible and does it extend out far enough? If the answer is yes to these and similar measurement questions the inspector gives you a “pass”.