What are Gaskets and Why do They Matter?

Posted: January 27, 2023 | Category: Piping Accessories

When it comes to fluid transfer systems and other piping systems, it is crucial to ensure that you are using the right components. From flexible hoses and expansion joints to gaskets and diverter dampers, there are many elements that work together to keep a piping system working properly. While they are often quite small and easy to overlook, gaskets are a vital part of every piping system that should always be accounted for. As a leading provider of quality piping accessories for all types of systems, the team at Flextech Industries knows how important gaskets are for every application. That is why we have compiled some information to help you understand what gaskets are and why they matter for your system.

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What are Gaskets?

Also known as seals, gaskets are pieces of material that create seals between two flanges to connect lengths of pipe. With many different sizes and materials to choose from, there are many different gaskets available. The best fit for your particular system will vary based on what kind of materials are being transported through the piping system, the types of pipes and flanges being used, system temperatures, how much pressure the system will be under, and a variety of other factors. Gaskets are typically flat, but they can occasionally be round or square depending on how they will be used.

What are Gaskets Made from?

Gaskets can be made from a wide variety of materials to suit different purposes. For example, high-pressure or high-heat systems may utilize gaskets made from fibreglass and other highly insulative materials. Gaskets are typically made out of a material that yields slightly to pressure to create a tight seal between flanges and prevent material from leaking from the piping system. Some of the common materials used to make gaskets include:

  • Rubber
  • Paper
  • Silicone
  • Felt
  • Cork
  • Neoprene
  • Metal
  • Fibreglass
  • Plastic

Regardless of the material, it is important to ensure that each gasket can withstand the temperature and pressure that will be present in your piping system. You may also need to ensure that they are resistant to corrosion depending on the type(s) of media you transfer through your system.

Why are Gaskets Needed?

Gaskets are a required part of every piping system because they create a tight seal between piping connections in order to prevent leaks. Leaks can cause losses in product or pressure, or they can release hazardous materials from contained systems. With the right gaskets in place, you can minimize the risk of leaks and ensure that your piping system works as it should.

To learn more about our selection of piping accessories and other specialty products, get in touch with the team at Flextech Industries. We can be reached through our online contact form and will work with you to provide the perfect solution for your needs.