Oil Seal Types

We can't emphasise enough how important it is to choose the right oil seal to keep your application functioning, and functioning well. Not every oil seal is the same. Manufactured using various material elastomers and to suit a range of dimensions, seals are as unique...

Rotary Shaft Seals

Rotary shaft seals are the more formal name for this type of seal; however, we also know them as oil, grease, fluid, or dirt seals. Whatever you call them however, they all perform the same function – to close the space between stationary and moving parts in machinery...

Silicone O Rings

As a leading O ring UK manufacturer and supplier of high quality seals and gaskets, offering a wide range of types, sizes, and sealing solutions that suit various applications across all industries, we work hard to ensure you get the best sealing solution for your...

Viton O Rings

Viton o rings bring with them numerous advantages, especially for applications within high-tech and critical industries. Providing great resistance to wide fluctuations in temperature and chemical ranges as well as being wholly suitable for pressure applications,...

How are O Rings made?

O rings are one of the most common components within manufacturing. Suitable for a range of applications and found in numerous everyday appliances, o rings are a vital piece of equipment to provide the perfect sealing solution. Ring-shaped seals, o rings are made up...

Pipe Gasket

A pipe gasket is designed to seal a space between two sections of a pipe. Many pipes have flanged surfaces where they join, which means it isn’t smooth or flat to make this connection secure. In order to overcome this flared area, a flange gasket will be used to...

Spiral Wound Graphite Fill Gasket

With so many different gasket options on offer today, we know it can be difficult deciding which ones have the right features for your needs. Each type of gasket is suitable for a variety of applications or uses, and the material that your gasket is made from will...

Gasket Cutting

Using the latest technology and equipment, gasket cutting today offers incredible precision. Achieving customised gaskets that meet your sealing requirements, today we’re now seeing various gasket cutting techniques used as we move away from the standard dimensions...

What are Bonded Seals?

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Rubber Gasket Material

Rubber gaskets are a very valuable solution for a variety of uses, however, you’ll want to make sure you always choose the right option for your unique business operations. There are a variety of rubber gasket materials on offer, which provide you with an effective...

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Gasket Safety

Gasket Safety

Gaskets and seals are vital components for applications requiring a solid seal, helping prevent leaks and stop gases and other chemicals from escaping. 

However, over time, and due to the fluctuating temperatures, compression sets, and exposure to chemicals, seals do fail.  

However, gasket failure can be used as a reliable safety mechanism. 


Because when a gasket fails, it allows for the release of pressure when the assembly reaches its critical load and when an application exceeds its temperature resilience. In these instances, gasket failure can prove to be a vital safety function. 

The ultimate aim of spiral wound gaskets is to provide a complete and tight seal between two uneven surfaces. 

At SSP Ltd UK, we’re proud to stock a vast range of gaskets, seals, o rings, and more. Our team works with your specifications to find the most suitable solution for your application and product innovation. 

To find out more and if you have any further questions, call a member of our team today on 01535 274 776 or email us at

Importance of seals 

Ultimately, seals prevent leaks and contamination, with static seals providing a complete physical barrier between two joining surfaces. 

The requirement of a gasket is that it is able to sustain minor alignment and flange imperfections to support the application and all of its safety requirements.

Gasket maintenance 

Gasket failure can lead to leaks, which can contribute to low pressure and more severe issues. 

This is why it is vital that you carry out regular service checking that all gaskets are performing at their optimum levels – this can be a critical safety requirement. 

If gaskets do require replacing, this should be carried out effectively and efficiently, bearing in mind that you must choose a gasket material that is suitable for the application and that can withstand the pressures and temperature ranges as required. 

Gasket installation must be done with care and precision, careful not to bend, tear, or snap spiral wound gaskets when fitting. 

Lubricate fastener threads and all bearing surfaces, only using approved lubricants, applying these consistently while avoiding contamination. 

You also need to consider storage, including the requirement that you don’t use gaskets four years after manufacture. 

You should also avoid storing gaskets in direct sunlight and extreme heat and humid conditions.  

Our recommendations are to store in a cool, dry place, with sheet materials stored flat, and avoid hanging gaskets to prevent distortion. In addition, all gaskets should be kept clean and free from mechanical damage at all times. 

Ultimately, you want and need your seal to last; hence, you will find such a vast range and choice of gasket spiral materials and recommendations for storage, handling, and installation. And also why you should be carrying out regular visual inspections, checking for service, size, and thickness.

Why do gaskets fail? 

Primarily, gaskets fail due to deterioration. Knowing the exact cause of why a gasket has failed is vital to ensure longevity, safety, and high performance. 

Hardness levels, polymer content, temperature ranges, chemical resistance, pressure, and torque all contribute in some way to gasket failure. 

Again, to avoid this, you must choose the right material suitable for the application in question. 

The environment can and does play a vital role in gasket failure, especially if the incorrect material is used.  

You must consider gasket traceability and conformance. Ensuring that the most suitable materials are used in the correct areas of an assembly and in applications where a spiral wound gasket is required because leakage from valves can be one of the biggest problems you can experience. 

Ideally, you must avoid permeating a production line because it can be costly and environmentally harmful when a gasket fails. 

Fastener failure is also a cause of gasket failure, where a fastener that is insufficiently tight goes on to cause failure. However, if a fastener is too tight, it can crush the gasket, causing cracking or fatigue.  

You must also be aware of what happens when the applied load exceeds the strength of the fastener. 

Gasket failure can also occur when: 

  • The wrong gasket was used 
  • You opt for the incorrect gasket thickness 
  • The gasket is damaged in storage, through handling or installation 
  • Deterioration has occurred over time 
  • Flange failure – the flange surface is damaged, warped, suffering corrosion, or not clean. 

To combat some of these issues, you can: 

  • Choose the right material 
  • Store and handle correctly 
  • Clean and carry out visual inspections 
  • Ensure good assembly and installation 
  • Never reuse a gasket. 

Ensuring the highest level of gasket safety all comes down to selecting the right gasket.  

This means using good quality gaskets from a reputable supplier, like Specialist Sealing Products. 

Look no further if you’re looking for spiral wound gaskets in Leeds. Call us today on 01535 274 776 or email; we’d be happy to help. 



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