Why do i have mold in my snorkel????

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by DaFishy, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. DaFishy

    DaFishy Angel Fish

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    i wash my snorkel after every dive so how come i have mold growing in it:confused:
     
  2. wilkie

    wilkie Barracuda

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    What type of snorklel are we talking about ?
     
  3. JahJahwarrior

    JahJahwarrior Administrator Staff Member

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    a moldy one!




    Try washing it better, perhaps. Also, don't store it in a location that will prevent it's drying! You are washing it off, but it's probably not drying very well. Then it's stored in a dark place andthe mold starts to party. My brother left a mask in a box with some pool toys for a month or two, withit still wet. Yeah. It was moldy.
     
  4. Web Monkey

    Web Monkey Omniheurist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Because it's not clean and it's not dry and it has mold spores on it.

    Try soaking it in water with bleach, then drying well and storing it somewhere well-ventilated and dry.

    Terry
     
  5. TxHockeyGuy

    TxHockeyGuy Manta Ray

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    OK, I'm just asking for it I know. But if you stop diving with it you will keep it nice and dry and avoid all the mold. There are very few dives, IMHO, that require a snorkel. Snorkels are for snorkeling, we have regulators.
     
  6. crpntr133

    crpntr133 lost, even with a compass

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    I know why mine has mold...because it has set in the bottom of my dive box for about a year.

    Seriously though, bleach and let dry. Setting it out in the sun would be a good way to dry it.
     
  7. DaFishy

    DaFishy Angel Fish

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    ty every1 for the info
     
  8. John C. Ratliff

    John C. Ratliff Scuba Instructor

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    It is not possible to get completely rid of mold spores. You can help it by drying it out thoroughly after washing the snorkel. But you will grow things in Florida whenever you provide it a warm, moist environment. If you don't believe that, take a look at the corners of your mask too, and be prepared to be grossed out.

    SeaRat
     
  9. Walter

    Walter Scuba Instructor

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    ..........and don't examine the inside of your second stage too closely.............
     
  10. JahJahwarrior

    JahJahwarrior Administrator Staff Member

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    hey, bleach can hurt plastics I believe. Try diluting. I think even 10% bleach would help kill the stuff. I wouldn't use more than 50%. And rinse it well when you are done, you don't want to be breathing bleach fumes next time it gets wet and the bleach becomes in solution again :)
     
  11. DivingCRNA

    DivingCRNA Divemaster

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    Are you taking the snorkel on every dive, or do you take it out of your gear bag to wash it?

    My snorkel never gets wet, so there is no mold!
     

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