Not too long ago, a friend of mine shared a rather harrowing experience:
When is a BANG in the middle of the night not a ghost? When it is a scuba tank exploding in your garage! Sadly, my garage is only slightly more disorganized than it was before the explosion.
Fortunately no one was hurt, everyone in the house was asleep at the time. The tank failed just before dawn as it was laying with his other tanks in their usual storage spot It had been hydrostatically tested within the previous five years, meaning that government regulations deemed it safe to be filled. It wasn’t being filled at the time of the explosion, nor had it been knocked over. It was less than 80% full at the time and had not been over-filled.
It just suddenly went *boom*. Without warning.
As we talked about the details surrounding the incident, the cause of the explosion became pretty obvious: corrosion. Although the outside of the tank looked perfectly normal, there was a lot of rust inside the cylinder. All of this corrosion had weakened the steel to the point where it gave way under pressure.
Obviously, no one wants a scuba tank explosion in their house (or anywhere, for that matter).
Fortunately, it’s easy to make your tanks last a lifetime with just a bit of maintenance and care. Here’s six simple things to keep an eye on: