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VIPVISUAL INSPECTION PROCEDURE
1 TANK HYDRO
DOES NOT INCLUDE VIP
VIP & HYDROVISUAL INSPECTION PROCEDURE AND HYDROSTATIC TESTING
1 TANK HYDRO
1 TANK VIP
O2 CLEANINGNITROX AND OXYGEN TANKS MUST BE O2 CLEANED
LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT SERVICING YOUR TANK MEANS:
VIP - VISUAL INSPECTION PROCEDURE
Tanks have a sticker (typically around the neck of the tank) that lists when it was last VIP’d. This confirms the structural integrity of the tank was inspected within the past year.
We reserve the right to reject filling any tank that is out of VIP.
During a Visual Inspection:
- Tank is drained
- Valve removed
- look inside – checking to ensure the inside of the cylinder is free of water, rust, cracks and foreign objects
- Tank neck inspected with a tool to magnify the threads on the neck of your tank – again looking for rust, cracks, or other signs of damage that may compromise the strength of the cylinder
- After the inside of your tank passes inspection, time to check the outside; this includes removing the tank boot. Checking for significant rust and chips beyond minor marks usually incurred during normal wear and tear. Stickers, tank boots and paint may trap salt water against your cylinder, which can cause quicker degradation.
- Once your cylinder checks out, tank valve is visually inspected
- If valve needs further work, an additional charge/time may be neccessary
- O-rings are replaced, and the threads on the valve are properly lubricated
HYDRO - HYDROSTATIC TESTING
Tanks are stamped (typically around the neck of the tank) that lists when it was last HYDRO’d. This confirms the structural integrity of the tank was inspected & tested within the past 5 years.
We reserve the right to reject filling any tank that is out of HYDRO.
During a Hydro:
- Tank is drained
- Valve is removed
- A hydrostatic test involves pressurizing the cylinder to its test pressure (usually 5/3 or 3/2 of the working pressure) and measuring its volume before and after the test
- A permanent increase in volume above the tolerated level means the cylinder fails the test and must be permanently removed from service
- This service is performed off site
- Expected turn around time is 10-14 days
O2 CLEANING - OXYGEN CLEANING
Oxygen cleaning is a method of cleaning equipment intended for use with either liquid or gaseous oxygen.
eANX (Nitrox) tanks or Oxygen tanks MUST be oxygen cleaned before the tank can be filled. Hydrocarbons that are in the air, on o-rings and on valves have a much lower flashpoint when 100% oxygen is introduced to them. That means, there is a fire risk.
Nitrox or oxygen tanks MUST be O2 cleaned anytime the tank valve is removed. AKA anytime the tank is VIP’d or Hydro’d.
During an O2 Cleaning:
- Tank is drained
- Glass beads poured inside with a hydrocarbon solvent added
- Tank is rolled for approximately 30 minutes
- The solvent and beads are rinsed from the tank and if the tank is steel the rust inhibitor is added
- The valve is also cleaned – broken down and placed into an ultrasonic cleaner with the same hydrocarbon solvent
- Valve receives new Viton (oxygen safe) o-rings and new copper and teflon discs
- Valve is reassembled & put back on the tank
- The tank is filled
Why should you follow the recommended servicing schedule?
Insufficient maintenance leads to equipment malfunction, difficulty breathing, loss of gas, loss of buoyancy, injury or worse. Corrosion destroys chrome plating and eventually ruins major components that may be costly, difficult to source, or not available.
For more information, continue reading down the page.
Please note that we DO NOT repair: air cells, harnesses, fasteners, weight systems or zippers
LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT SERVICING YOUR GEAR MEANS:
BRANDS: Each brand offers different benefits and/or recommendations for service
Typically manufactures recommend service every 100 dives or 2 years (whichever comes first).
- ScubaPro – The 2 year free parts program only applies to those who buy a complete set: Reg, BCD, AND Computer.
- Aqualung – 2 year service
- Apex – 2 year service
- TUSA – 2 year service
- Hollis – 2 year service
- Atomic – No parts benefit
- Oceanic – 2 year service
- Aeris – 2 year service
- Mares – No parts benefit
- Zeagle – No parts benefit
- Sherwood – No parts benefit
- XS Scuba – No parts benefit
GEAR: Servicing your gear looks different for each piece of equipment
- First Stage, Second Stage, Octo:
- Pre-work leak test and external inspection
- Complete disassembly and disposal of all o-rings, filters, seats, air spool, inflator hose valve, and other damaged parts
- Ultrasonic cleaning, rinsing, and drying
- Reassembly with new parts from service kit plus other required items
- Leak test and adjust to factory specifications
- Final leak and function retest
- Invoice and attach old parts bag as proof of service.
- BCD – For BCD:
- External inspection and full-inflation stress test (no air loss for 10 minutes)
- Clean and replace broken dump valves or hoses (cracked threaded fittings are CANNOT be repaired)
- Overhaul of inflator/Air 2 as stated for regulator above
- Post-service inflation test
- Send to factory for repair
- Only the air spool can be replaced
- All other damage or flooding requires a new gauge