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Snorkel accumulates black mold in the tube. How can the tube be cleaned

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If the mold is much you can leave the snorkel soaked in lemon juice or 50% isopropyl alcohol solution.

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I dont see why I should toss a $20 snorkel becaus it needs a $2 diaphragm. somebody makes these so they must be sold somewhere. I could use 8 right now.


I presume you're referring the the purge valve diaphragm. If so then on some brands they are available as a spare part, but they tend to be the expensive brands.

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I bought this snorkel used and put it in my bathtub last night and it filled with water. The lower chamber is filling to the point I can't even blow it out. Is there something I don't know?


From what you've described, you have a self-draining snorkel (at least it would be if working correctly). There will be a simple diaphragm valve at the lowest point of the snorkel, it's usually made of a silicone rubber disc and in use is held closed by external water pressure. It can also be held open if there is any grit or sand in it, if it is damaged or if it's simply hardened with age.

All you can do is clean it and make sure it seats correctly. If it has failed in any way or if the diaphragm is simply missing then buy a new snorkel as they don't need to be expensive.

There's a good reason that many divers still prefer a simple j-tube snorkel and it's because there is nothing to go wrong. I personally do use a self-draining snorkel but I'm careful to inspect and clean the valve before and after every use and always have a spare snorkel in my dive bag.

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