Download the PDF of this Product Brief here: Product Brief - Proper Storage & Care of Rubber Gaskets
Gaskets are critical components in most piping systems. Gaskets are made of compound rubber materials that can gradually weather, dry out and deteriorate. Gaskets that are not properly stored may experience external elongation, compression, shrinkage, or other types of deformation, eventually leading to cracking or permanent change of shape.
As with most rubber products, there is no established maximum shelf life for rubber gaskets. Rubber product failure is a progressive failure that increases with time. The typical mode of failure is surface hardening and cracking. Gasket manufacturers make no guarantee that rubber gaskets will be usable for any specific period of time.