How long is a scuba tank inspection good for?
Scuba cylinders should normally be tested every two to five years, based on local laws and regulations. In a hydrostatic test, the cylinder is normally filled to 5/3 of its normal fill capacity, and then cylinder walls’ flex is tested.
Does a new scuba tank need to be inspected?
This annual inspection is not required by law, but it is considered to be an industry standard. Most dive shops will not perform air fills without a sticker that displays that your inspection is current. Tomorrow’s article will discuss the inspection that is required by law: hydrostatic tank testing.
How do you inspect a scuba tank?
The tank should be inspected at least once a year by a trained technician. The visual inspection process includes checking for cuts, dents, stress lines, bulges, current hydrostatic test date, and signs of general abuse outside, and pits, corrosion, coating defects, neck cracks, and thread integrity inside.
Are old scuba tanks good for anything?
Use the tank for an art project. From doorstops to lamp bases, used scuba tanks can be painted, cut up, and polished for a variety of uses. Scuba tanks even make great planters for the diving gardener.
Do scuba tanks go bad?
We often take for granted that our cylinders are safe, and that dive staff has tested and properly cared for them. … But if a cylinder “goes bad,” it can have life-changing (or even life-ending) consequences for the diver or whomever is filling it.
How much does it cost to inspect a scuba tank?
Federal Law requires a new hydrostatic test every five years for most SCUBA tanks. AHS will provide this service for $55 per tank and it includes the test, a visual inspection, and an air fill. Hydro with a Nitrox fill is $62. Please note that additional charges may apply if the valve requires cleaning or rebuild.
Do new scuba tanks need to be hydro tested?
Every tank must pass an initial DOT certification, visual inspection, and hydrostatic test prior to being sold, and before being filled. How often do my tanks need to be tested? The DOT mandates a new hydrostatic test every 5 years after the initial test, some special tanks are 3 years hydro tests.