Better than Rubber and Wax Gaskets: New Elastomer Gaskets

Elastomer Gaskets for toilet and urinal installations are a revolutionary new sealing option for plumbers and facility managers. We are excited to provide our customers with this innovative new gasket that will most likely make wax and rubber gaskets obsolete. Watch our video and read our article below to learn more about Elastomer Gaskets by Tight Seal, and gain a full understanding of Elastomer Gaskets in comparison to Wax and Wax-Free Rubber Gaskets. Know your options when it comes to gaskets, and why more and more of our plumbing and facility maintenance customers are switching to new Elastomer Gaskets.

Tight Seal Elastomer Gaskets Video

The Best Gasket Material: Elastomer

Tight Seal Elastomer Gaskets are named after the material they are made of: Elastomer. Elastomer is a sticky, springy material that bounces back after being compressed. Elastomer Gaskets share the best qualities of wax and rubber gaskets, without the drawbacks. They provide an airtight seal like wax gaskets, while maintaining their shape under pressure. They also hold up under hot/cold temperatures like rubber gaskets. Read on for the full benefits of Elastomer Gaskets by Tight Seal.

The Benefits of Elastomer Gaskets

  • Won’t melt in hot weather or become hard
    in cold weather
  • Reusable
  • Springs back into shape after being squeezed
  • Allows repositioning of fixture
  • Sticky Elastomer ensures a tight seal
  • No more scraping messy wax off of fixtures

Now that you know what makes Elastomer Gaskets so great, let’s take a look at other gasket types and compare their pros and cons for a full picture of toilet and urinal sealing options. (Or skip down to find out How to Purchase)

The Pros and Cons of Wax Gaskets

Wax Rings are used as a gasket for toilet and urinal installations for three reasons:

Wax Ring Pros

  • The wax material conforms to the fixture, creating a seal that is airtight.
  • They are cheap.
  • They can be stacked.

Wax Ring Cons

  • A wax gasket needs to be lined up completely accurately when installing, or else you may need to use an entirely new wax gasket when repositioning the fixture.
  • Wax gaskets can melt. Leave them in your truck in the Summer, or install them near a floor with radiant heat, and a wax seal will melt, losing its shape and its ability to properly seal.
  • Wax toilet and urinal gaskets can also freeze in the winter.
  • Wax rings can become misshapen. For example, when a heavier person sits on a toilet with a wax ring, the ring can flatten in an area, and then fixture will become tilted which in turn can break the seal of the gasket.
  • Wax rings leave a waxy residue that creates a mess.

Rubber Gaskets: The Pros and Cons

Rubber Gaskets are chosen as gaskets for toilet and urinal installations mainly for the following reasons:

Pros of Rubber Gaskets

  • Rubber gaskets can help direct flow with angled flanges, which helps deter potential leakage.
  • Rubber gaskets are wax-free, which means they are less messy.
  • Rubber gaskets will not flatten or become misshapen, which helps to keep the drain open and the fixture in the correct position.
  • When toilets or urinals need to be replaced, or when maintenance requires the fixture to be disconnected, then that rubber gasket can be easily removed

Rubber Gasket Cons

  • Rubber gaskets don’t have as tight of a seal as more sticky gaskets do
  • Rubber gaskets are more expensive than wax gaskets

Why Choose One Gasket Type Over Another?

Gasket choice really comes down to personal preference, which is why we carry wax gaskets, wax-free or rubber gaskets, as well as our latest offering, the newest innovation in gasket material, Elastomer Gaskets.

Elastomer Gaskets in different sizes and styles

3/4” Elastomer Closet Gasket #67931
1-1/8” Jumbo Elastomer Closet Gasket #67933
1/2” Elastomer Tank To Bowl Gasket #67935
1/2” Elastomer Urinal Gasket #67938
3/4” Elastomer Closet Gasket With Flange #67932
1-1/8” Jumbo Elastomer Toilet Gasket With Flange #67934

We highly recommend trying out these new gaskets.

How to Purchase Elastomer Gaskets from Equiparts

Call to place your order or submit a quote through our online quote system and we will get back to you.

Toll-Free: 800-442-6622
Pittsburgh: 412-781-9100
Mon-Fri 7:30am – 5pm EST

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Guardian Dome Drain Lock

The Best Commercial Drain Dome

The Guardian Dome D-Lock™ is designed to withstand the ultimate abuse in high volume restaurants, school and commercial facility cafeterias, and other kitchen environments. It prevents debris from entering the drain lines. This drain allows water to flow despite debris build-up in the sink. This incredibly durable drain lock is constructed of a glass filled polypropylene base, cast aluminum dome top, brass nut, and a tamperproof pin-in-head stainless steel bolt.

Easy Installation of the Guardian Dome D-Lock

The Guardian Dome D-Lock™ doesn’t require assembly, training, or a plumber to install. Simply insert the Dome D-Lock™ into the floor sink drain, and tighten the Torx tamperproof bolt with a ratchet. Install time is as quick as 10 seconds. Save money on repair bills and keep your kitchen running smoothly with the Guardian Dome D-Lock™!

Guardian Drain D-Lock 2", 3" and 4"View, save or share the Guardian Dome D-Lock PDF, which highlights the different drains available. Click on the blue part numbers on the PDF to get to the specific drain listing on our website or view them through the links listed below.

View the Guardian Dome D-Lock’s on our website. Submit a quote through our website for the drains you need, and a sales rep will get back to you shortly. You can also give us a call to speak with a rep directly and place your order. 800-442-6622 M-F 7:30AM to 5:00PM (EST).

Guardian Dome D-Lock Strainer 2” – EC Part #88218

Guardian Dome D-Lock Strainer 3” – EC Part #88219

Guardian Dome D-Lock Strainer 4” – EC Part #88220

Spring 2018 Equiparts Sales Meeting

Spring 2018 Equiparts Sales Meeting

The Spring 2018 Equiparts Sales Meeting was a very motivational and informative event. Big thanks to all of our presenters and attendees! These meetings are an important part of the ongoing process that keeps our sales reps up-to-date about the products and manufacturers we carry, as well as changes in the industry.

This year, we had a motivational speaker address our sales team to energize and inspire them. We also had six round-robin style vendor presentations, which further educated us about plumbing repair products, installation requirements, and industry codes. Read on for more details about what we learned during this successful sales meeting.

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Speaker – Kelly Roach Coaching

 

Our motivational speaker was Kelly Roach from Kelly Roach Coaching. Our President, Joel Weiss, and Yolanda Frank, our Purchasing Manager, saw Kelly speak at a North American Plumbing Specialty Distributors (NAPSD) event earlier this year. They were very impressed by her presentation and decided to ask her to speak at our sales meeting. Kelly’s “Rituals of the Most Successful Sales People” were very inspiring. She spoke of the importance of spending time with your customers, listening carefully to their needs, and using your expertise to make informed recommendations.

Vendor Presentations

  • Kevin Morrisey

          Watson McDaniel

  • Casey Devlin and Adam Kupec

          Elkay and Sloan

  • Scott Dolgos

          Haws and Chicago

  • Marie Helene Pernin and Rose McCullough

          Neoperl

  • Jesse Smyers

          Trerice

 

 

 

 

Watson McDaniel is a manufacturer of steam traps, condensate pumps, pilot-operated and direct-operated regulators, control valves, liquid drainers, and other specialty products. They are a family-owned company based out of Pennsylvania that does 90% of their production in the United States.

Watson McDaniel presented by Kevin Morrisey

Kevin Morrisey, our Watson McDaniel rep, reviewed a variety of problem-solving products made by Watson McDaniel. He explained how a Watson condensate pump saves water and money by keeping steam loss to a minimum. He also demonstrated how a thermostatic trap works. He said that many pump parts (except discs) made by other manufacturers can be repaired by high-quality, made-in-the-USA Watson McDaniel parts at a lower cost.

Fact: Watson McDaniel makes parts that fit all of the industries biggest heat pump manufacturers.

 

 

 

Elkay is a leading manufacturer of drinking fountains, water coolers, and bottle fillers. Equiparts has been a Master Distributor of Elkay for 25 years. We have many Elkay units, repair parts, and filters in stock and ready to ship.

Casey Devlin, our Elkay rep, talked about the best applications for a variety of Elkay water coolers, which Elkay water coolers can be retrofit with bottle fillers, and information about filters.

 

 

Sloan is a well-known manufacturer of plumbing fixtures and parts. Equiparts is a Master Distributor of Sloan products, and we have been selling Sloan for over 40 years. Sloan is most famous for their timeless flushometers, innovative electronic faucets, high-quality china and sink systems, and hands-free technology.

Sloan parts information

Sloan presented by Casey Devlin

Casey is also our Sloan rep, and he reviewed Sloan sink systems, new faucet-soap dispenser pairings, the benefits of Sloan’s AER-DEC system, and the differences between regular Sloan flushometers and the new reclaimed water system flushometers.


Haws is a manufacturer of drinking fountains, bottle fillers, emergency equipment, and tempered water systems. We carry a variety of Haws products at Equiparts.

Scott Dolgos, our Haws rep, reviewed the new requirements for eyewash and facewash units. He demonstrated how eyewash stations work, how to install them, and where to best utilize them.


Chicago Faucets is one of the top commercial faucet manufacturers. We have carried their units and parts for many years. They continue to create products that push the evolution of the faucet industry. One example is their new line of faucets that have a thermostatic mixing valve integrated right into the faucet.

Chicago Faucet presented by Scott Dolgos

Chicago Faucet presented by Scott Dolgos

Scott, who is also our Chicago Faucet rep, discussed the newest 410-T Thermostatic faucet option. He also reviewed the EQ faucet series, citing where and how to make sensor and aerator adjustments, as well as water temperature adjustments.

Did you know that thermostatic mixing valves are a requirement for every faucet in public buildings within Allegheny County?


Neoperl is a manufacturer of aerators, check valves, and flow regulators. At Equiparts, we have a large number of Neoperl aerators in stock and ready to ship. Neoperl creates a variety of traditional, cache (hidden, vandal resistant,) and special faucet aerators.

Neoperl presented by Marie Helene Pernin and Rose McCullough

Neoperl presented by Marie Helene Pernin and Rose McCullough

Marie Helene Pernin and Rose McCullough, our Neoperl reps, reviewed the complete line of Neoperl products. They focused primarily on their aerators, describing the various types, which faucets they fit, the benefits of utilizing aerators, and their water saving capabilities. They also reviewed the application of pressure compensating aerators as well. Much of the information Marie and Rose discussed in their presentation can be found in our Commercial Faucet Aerator Guide.


Trerice is a well-known manufacturer of pressure gauges, thermometers, valves, regulators, controls, and more. Trerice products meet the needs of a variety of specialized commercial and industrial markets. They have been manufacturing specialty commercial products since 1923.

Trerice presented by Jesse Smyers

Trerice presented by Jesse Smyers

Jesse Smyers, our Trerice rep, described different types of gauges available from Trerice, and which styles are best for a particular customer application. He also explained the benefits of various parts and features. For example, the liquid in liquid filled gauges reduces the vibration of the needle, and are highly recommended for water pumps. Also, pigtail siphons are a must have for steam systems. Pigtails reduce the temperature of the steam by creating a water barrier. This prevents the 500-degree steam from damaging the gauge by cooling it down to around 300 degrees. He also explained that the ideal setup for a steam system includes a pressure gauge, a snubber, and a needle valve. The needle valve is a shut-off valve that can allow you to change out a gauge without shutting down the system.

Tip: When buying a gauge, you should select a model whose maximum number is twice the operating pressure of your system.

At Equiparts, we continually strive to educate ourselves about the products we sell so that we can provide the best recommendations to fit our customers’ needs. If you’re interested in any of the manufacturer product lines featured in our Spring Sales Meeting, give us a call so we can help you choose the best option. See the other manufacturers we carry in our Product Line Card, or give us a call to start working with one of our knowledgeable product specialists: 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST.

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