When servicing regulators we find all sort’s of problems with equipment. On the whole most regulators are well looked after and cared for by our customers. Well it is life support equipment for you whilst underwater. There are some very simply checks that can be done. Here is a example where 2 holes have appeared in an old well used mouthpiece on a secondary regulator. These holes will cause a wet breathe by an unsuspecting diver in an out of air situation. The 2nd (black) mouthpiece have degradation of the rubber from age, causing it to crack and become brittle. Check your dive equipment regularly, ideally immediately before a dive for functionality and any obvious faults. This problem here is a matter of simply changing the mouthpiece.
Carry a small spares kit with you for quick personal repairs. The 1st photo shows cracks (the left regulator is cracked the right is a new replacement) that are internal and only identified on a service. All our equipment servicing includes a full internal inspection for faulty or failing parts and replaced bringing the equipment back to manufacturers specific standards.
Our customers have asked us what’s involved in our Regulator servicing.
Here’s a short clip showing the basic steps.
It’s obviously much more involved and depending on the model can take several hours to complete a thorough strip down, service, clean and rebuild using only bonafide manufacturers supplied service kit’s.
The same applies to BCD’s and Dive computers.
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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.