Rubber, the Preferred Gasket Material

Whether your intention is to keep what is on the inside, in or what is on the outside, out; chances are you are using a gasket seal. There are many everyday uses for gaskets. We use gaskets to prevent our hoses, sink drains and pipes from leaking, and use them to keep the rain, ice/snow and other elements out of our vehicles to prevent damage to engine components and interiors. Since gaskets are typically keeping liquid forms from entering or leaving an area, it is essential that they are waterproof. This prevents rapid deterioration and alleviates problems in a system. EPDM, or Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, is one material that is used to make naturally waterproof gaskets.

EPDM, the preferred compound over natural or synthetic rubbers, was developed from a careful mixture of ethylene propylene and diene; EPDM acts as an elastomer as well as a polymer. This means that it is a measure of flexibility as a created substance; making it an excellent gasket. There are several shapes and styles that are created for the specific application that they will be used for. Gaskets that are designed to sit inside a nozzle for your hose to connect to the spigot to where water flows at a high rate of speed are called o-rings. Gaskets that are long and thin can be for the frame of the vehicle and its glass. Since gaskets are used to create seals, it is very important to use a flexible gasket to seal in water pipes and gas lines.

Believe it or not, EPDM gaskets are also the preferred gasket when it comes to high temperature applications. Not only is EPDM fireproof, it can be used in such environments like: industrial ovens or hydraulic systems that process high temperature chemicals or hot water. Since these forms of gaskets are so versatile in a variety of situations, it stands out as a highly sustainable strong material that can reduce the costs of other gaskets that fail due to rapid deterioration or poor compatibility.