When should a BCD be serviced?
A common question I have from customers is.
“Should I get my BCD serviced as well as my regulators?”
The simple answer is yes.
Problems we have come across over the years is divers having uncontrolled ascents due to sticky/stuck inflators or letting by air causing a slow inflation of the BCD or leak’s from the inflator mechanism.
The picture here show’s what happens to the inflator nipple (Schrader valve) if it is not serviced on a regular basis.
The right one is a new one, the left is 2 years old.
How often should the BCD be serviced? Most manufacturers recommend every year, some do say a 2 year period, so check with us or read through your instruction manual that comes with your BCD.
This Schrader came out of a BCD serviced this week and unfortunately not a rare occasion. I see these in poor condition in 1 in 6-8 bcd’s.
What can you do to help reduce some of these issues. Ensure thorough rinsing of the inside of the BCD bladder and externally with warm water. Use the inflate deflate buttons to release the rinse water from the BCD, this helps wash some of the salt residues out that speed up the degradation of the working parts.
It’s also worthwhile to point out here that the manufacturers kits used in BCD servicing include all required service parts.