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?

As you start to compare the seals on offer on our site, you’ll find that there are many different options for a variety of uses. Bonded seals are a great solution for some applications, offering many benefits over other types of seals. Specialist Sealing Products...

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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Rubber Seal Deterioration Causes

Rubber Seal Deterioration CausesWhile rubber seals can assist with a variety of projects, one of the most common complaints about them is that they often deteriorate over time. While wear and tear is sometimes a reason for this, your seal may be deteriorating for other reasons that you have more control over. Today we’re going to share some of the top reasons for seal deterioration to help you avoid this issue to the best of your ability in the future. Our team will be on hand at any time to recommend the best rubber sealing products for any project to help stop issues during your work processes.

Exposure to Various Elements and Chemicals

One of the top reasons we see rubber deterioration is exposure to oxygen, heat, light or chemicals. This type of exposure is often unavoidable, but you can do all you can to minimise the issue. This causes physical and chemical changes to the rubber seal, which can lead to a breakdown of the material in the long run. When the chain of molecules starts to break down, it won’t be able to effectively do its job. Heat will shorten the molecule chains, which means the material stretches when it cools down. UV degradation is a term that’s used to describe a rubber seal that has been exposed to too much light. It might get hard and crack or the colour of the seal could fade. The expansion and contraction caused by the change in temperature leads to issues within the seal, which will mean it can’t do its job properly in the long run.

Oxygen is another element which causes issues with sealing. The oxygen will attack the double bonds located within the rubber chain, so that it deteriorates over time. All of these issues we’ve shared above will damage your rubber chain, meaning it doesn’t work so effectively over time. However, there are ways in which you can try to stop this from happening in the first place. By preparing the area you are working in and planning to stop heat, light, oxygen and chemicals getting in the way of the process, you can protect the seals for a longer time.

Top Tips to Prevent Issues with Seal Rubber Products

While rubber deterioration is a huge issue for businesses of all types using these seals, you’ll find there are ways you can stop this from being a problem for your business. When rubber is created, it will be analysed to see how well it will react to stress and strain. This means you receive a set of care instructions with any rubber product you purchase, based on the tests that took place before it was sold. We recommend you take the time to read the care instructions properly when you get your rubber seals. The incorrect use of these seals is one of the top reasons we see rubber break down over time. By following the guidelines correctly, you’ll find they last a lot longer.

When you first receive a set of rubber seals, make sure you have a space to store them safely. This area should be dry, dark, cool, and free from oxygen, which will help the seals to remain in perfect condition before they are used. You’ll find you only waste your money and resources when you don’t store seals properly, so this should be the first thing you set up in your working area before your seals arrive. You can save money by buying rubber seals in bulk, but this only works if you store them correctly.

When you are about to use your rubber seal, make sure you clean the surrounding area to remove any dirt, water, or debris. Scrub off anything that’s attached to the surface, as this will likely stick around and damage the rubber seal. We always recommend that you take the time to learn about the different seal options on offer to you, so that you choose one that’s right for your business applications. Follow the instructions to place the seal on correctly and use a conditioner for the seal to keep it in top condition.

Rubber seals are a very effective tool for a lot of different applications. However, when they aren’t cared for and stored properly, you are only wasting your time and money investing in this product. By following the tips we’ve shared above, you can be sure your seals will stay in perfect condition for longer than before. If you are looking to invest in a new set of rubber seals, contact our team today to learn more about the products we offer and how to care for our seals. We’ll be happy to advise you about the best options for your unique needs and answer any questions you have about the causes of rubber seal deterioration.

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