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VISUAL TANK INSPECTIONS AND SERVICES
All DOT 3AA and DOT 3AL Scuba Cylinders, SCBA Composite Cylinders (Fire Depts. and Military) Paint Ball Cylinders both 3AL and Composite, CO2 Cylinders, and many others cylinders. Most tank inspections can be completed within 1 day.

As of January 1, 2017, DIVING FOR FUN will NOT be performing visual tank inspections and services. However, we wanted to continue to provide our step-by-step visual inspection procedures as a reference for all our past customers.

Other tank services include: Diving For Fun - Tank Tumbler Diving For Fun - Sherwood Tank Valve
  • Tank Valve Service (J & K Valves)
  • Oxygen Cleaning
  • Tank Tumbling

 TANK SAFETY
To maintain a high level of safety all visual inspections should be performed by trained professionals using safety check standards, and tools provided by Advanced Inspection Technology and Professional Scuba Inspectors, Inc.

Diving For Fun - OpticalPlus Inspection ToolAs most scuba divers are aware, scuba tanks must be hydrostatically tested every five years. This test assures that the tank has not lost its elasticity and become brittle through use, abuse or heat damage. However, simply passing a hydro test does not assure that a tank is safe. Visual inspections are required to be performed annually to ensure no other defects or dangers exist. Most tank failures and injuries are due to factors normally found during the visual inspection process. Some of these defects may include:
  • Cracks in tank walls or threads
  • Corrosion and pitting
  • Wrong valve
  • Heat damage
  • Wrong burst disk
  • And much more...
 VISUAL INSPECTION PROCESS
A cylinder should be thoroughly inspected in several areas before an Evidence of Inspection (EOI) sticker is affixed to the cylinder. The EOI sticker is your assurance that a professional inspection has been performed. The inspection process should comply with C.G.A, P.S.I. and O.S.H.A. standards. Below are the strict step-by-step inspection process which should be followed on EVERY tank Visual Inspection performed.

Diving For Fun - OpticalPlus Inspection Tool Diving For Fun - OpticalPlus Inspection Tool
VisualPlus 3 Equipment Tank Thread Probes
  1. SLOWLY Drain Cylinder
  2. Observe & Record Background Data
  3. Remove ALL Accessories
  4. Administer Hammer Test to Steel Cylinders
  5. Diving For Fun - Evidence of Inspection StickerRemove Tank Valve
  6. Check For and Remove Any Foreign Objects
  7. View Interior of Cylinder
  8. Inspect Interior with Pick/End Probes
  9. Inspect Cylinder Threads - Visual Plus (Eddy Current) for Aluminum Tanks and Optical Plus for all other tanks
  10. Replace the Tank Valve O-Ring
  11. Inspect the Over-Pressure Frangible Disc Exhaust Ports
  12. EVALUATE ALL DATA
  13. MAKE JUDGMENT
  14. Lubricate Valve Threads, Reinstall Tank Valve, and Torque to Manufacturer Specification
  15. Apply Evidence of Inspection (EOI) Sticker
  16. Fill Cylinder and Check for Leaks
  17. Complete all Forms and Paperwork for each Cylinder
  18. Return Cylinder
Upon the completion of the visual inspection process, an Evidence of Inspection (EOI) Sticker should be affixed to the cylinder, record all inspection information, and print a inspection report for your records. To see an example of a visual inspection report click here or click on one of the report images below.

Diving For Fun - Sample Tank Visual Inspection Report, Page 1 Diving For Fun - Tank Visual Inspection Report, Page2

 TANKS THAT SHOULD NOT BE INSPECTED
Because of safety concerns, we recommend to NOT inspect the following tanks:
  • AL tanks manufactured between 1983 and 1989
  • AL tanks with round bottoms
  • Steel tanks with any significant signs of rust
  • Tanks with vinyl or unknown interior coatings
  • Any tank with signs of pitting
  • Any tank with illegible DOT markings
  • Tanks marked condemned
  • Any tanks manufactured by Walter Kidde
 SERVICE INFORMATION

Prior to any cylinder or valve service is performed an Inspection Release Form should be completed.


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