Transite Asbestos Flues With Water Heaters

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Water Heater Repair Corona CA

For those that live in an older house, right here is some info from a post we recently read and feel compelled to pass along to our Corona Water Heater Repair customers. Transite asbestos used to be used in venting gas home appliances, like water heaters, years back. Clearly, it is not used any longer, however in the following post, the Minnesota house inspector, Reuben Saltzman, found that within the vent flue was partly blocked from the asbestos flaking off into the flue.Water Heater Repair Corona

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. Install either an electric one or a powervent water heater with a brand-new vent to the outside of the home. With a few of the older homes with this kind of flue installed, the flues are still in good shape. It could be ok to still use them if an examination shows they are in tack and not flaking apart. However, if not, definitely block them off and install an electric water heater or develop brand-new venting for a gas water heater.

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