How to Repair Seam Leaks in Inflatable Pools

Updated July 19, 2017

Inflatable pools are a great addition to any back yard. They are inexpensive and easy to set up, and the only real work required is to level the ground. Once that chore is complete, simply fill the inflatable ring with air, and add water. Soon the ring will be floating on the water and pulling the walls into an upright position as the water level increases. With proper care you can enjoy your inflatable pool for years. However, a problem you're sure to confront is rips or tears in the pool's seams. With the advent of underwater vinyl-repair kits, there is no need to worry. Repairing a leaking seam is quick and easy.

Fill the syringe with dark food colouring (blue, red or green).

Enter the pool with the syringe, and eject the food colouring by the seam that is leaking.

Observe where the food colouring is drawn to. You might want to put goggles on and watch underwater. The food colouring will be pulled into the rip or tear in the seam, indicating the location of the leak.

Use the grease pencil to mark the leak location.

Using the patch material supplied with your underwater repair kit, cut out a circular patch that is twice as large as the hole.

Spread the glue on the patch, covering the patch completely.

Fold the glue side of the patch in half, onto itself.

Lower the patch into the water, and, just before applying it to the seam, unfold it. Quickly press the glued surface to the hole, and rub the patch to remove all air bubbles.

Keep pressure on the patch for one minute.


Always follow the instructions included in your vinyl-repair kit.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic syringe
  • Food colouring
  • Underwater vinyl-repair kit
  • Black grease pencil
  • Goggles (optional)
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