The Important Role of Rubber Gaskets for Drainage Pipe Seals

20 January 2020

The drainage industry exists to empty out waste materials, to clear the spoils of life and the overflows that nature throws at our properties. The simplest piped drainage systems empty out bath waters and showers in small residences. At the other end of the spectrum, wide-diameter pipes are utilized on agricultural lands. Providing sealed joints between these pipes, top-of-the-line rubber gaskets ensure a leak-free discharge.

Compressible Rubber Gaskets Eliminate Drainage Leaks

The greywater flowing away from a bathtub isn’t particularly hazardous. The same can be said for the rainwater in a home’s guttering. All the same, leaky pipes cause structural damage. The water soaks into framing wood. Expensive property damage is the inevitable conclusion, then there are wall moulds to combat, too. A major point to consider at this juncture is that a chink in the pipe system has made its presence felt. If the pipes are undamaged and the installation technicians did their job right, then a substandard pipe seal is causing all of this expensive property damage. The lesson here is this: Although drainage pipe gaskets are and inexpensive, they provide an important service. If that seal is to be maintained, contractors must select rubber materials that compress evenly. Good all-rounder elastomers are flexible, compressible, thermally tough, and immune to outside attacks.

Describing the Finest Hallmarks of a Leakproof Elastomeric Seal

Back in the home, there are waste systems in the kitchen and laundry room, too. Acidic tomato skins and oils are chewed-up by the sink’s garbage disposal machine. Unfortunately, lesser elastomers deteriorate when attacked by vinegary fluids and cooking oils, so those seals had better be immune to such abrasive onslaughts. It’s the same in the laundry room, although this time it’s some chemically active detergent that’s causing trouble. If that’s the state of matters in an ordinary home, imagine how much worse things can get out on a farm. Agricultural waste pipes are being exposed to all sorts of nitrogen-rich compounds and fertilizers. If the rubber isn’t intelligently selected here, then leaks will cause damage to field crops, then the farm ends up going into receivership because it can’t deliver its quota of fresh veggies on time. Again, all of this trouble can be blamed on a rubber ring that fits in the palm of a child’s hand.

So, what’s the main takeaway here? Well, drainage pipe seals are deceptively important. If a desired discharge rate needs to be maintained, whether in a home or out in a field, installers should select flush-fitting rubber gaskets that won’t attenuate the system’s flow rate. Just as importantly, the elastomer, made of neoprene or silicone, must be designed to handle all fluid-bearing aggressors, plus the outside threats that exacerbate those attacks. Heat, fluid acidity, ozone, pressure, all of these drainage attenuating factors must be countered when installing role-specific drainage pipe seals.