Transite Asbestos Flues With Water Heaters

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Water Heater Repair Akron OH

For those that live in an older home, right here is some info from an article we just recently read and feel compelled to pass along to our Akron Water Heater Repair customers. Transite asbestos used to be utilized in venting gas appliances, like water heaters, years ago. Undoubtedly, it is not utilized anymore, but in the following post, the Minnesota house inspector, Reuben Saltzman, discovered that within the vent flue was partly obstructed from the asbestos flaking off into the flue.Water Heater Repair Akron

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 suggests to repair this, do not continue to utilize a gas water heater on the exact same flue. Install either an electric one or a powervent water heater with a brand-new vent to the outside of the house. With some of the older houses with this type of flue installed, the flues are still in good shape. It might be ok to still use them if an assessment shows they are in tack and not flaking apart. Nevertheless, if not, absolutely block them off and install an electric water heater or create new venting for a gas hot water heater.

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