Transite Asbestos Flues for Water Heaters

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Water Heater Repair Alpharetta GA

For those that stay in an older home, here is some information from a post we recently read and feel compelled to pass along to our Alpharetta Water Heater Repair customers. Transite asbestos used to be utilized in venting gas home appliances, including water heaters, years ago. Undoubtedly, it is not made use of anymore, but in the following short article, the Minnesota home inspector, Reuben Saltzman, found that within the vent flue was partly blocked from the asbestos flaking off into the flue.Water Heater Repair Alpharetta

When inspecting one home in particular, Saltzman noticed “the top of the flue liner had fallen off the chimney, and the interior had collapsed in on itself, causing the water heater to backdraft. . . the interior had flaked apart and completely blocked the flue.  When the happens, the exhaust gases can’t escape, so they go back into the home.  There was heavy rust staining on top of the water heater, which is a telltale sign that the water heater backdrafts.  It doesn’t get much more obvious than that.” (read more…)

Saltzman recommends to repair this, do not continue to make use of a gas water heater on the same flue. Set up either an electric one or a powervent water heater with a new vent to the outside of the house. With some of the older houses with this kind of flue set up, the flues are still in good shape. It could be ok to still utilize them if an assessment shows they are in tack and not flaking apart. However, if not, certainly block them off and set up an electric water heater or produce brand-new venting for a gas water heater.

There are some nice photos in this video of these asbestos flues: