How to repair a pool puncture

Written by kristian welsh | 13/05/2017
How to repair a pool puncture
Patch up punctures in the vinyl to keep your pool from leaking. (Splashing in the Pool image by TMLP from

Above-ground swimming pools are an inexpensive alternative to traditional swimming pools. These swimming pools are made out of vinyl. While vinyl is a cheap material, it has potential to tear or become punctured. These leaks can be patched with minimal cost and labour. Some swimming pools come with repair kits that have the patch and adhesive.

Drain the pool so that the water level is at least 30 cm (1 foot) below the punctured area. If possible, it is best to completely drain the pool. The patch has to be placed on the inside of the swimming pool.

Dry the punctured area with a towel. The vinyl cement works best if the area is completely dry.

Apply a thin layer of vinyl cement on the vinyl patch. The vinyl patch should extend at least 5 cm x 5 cm (2 inches x 2 inches) around the puncture.

Push the vinyl patch over the puncture on the inside of the swimming pool. Apply pressure for at least five minutes to allow the vinyl cement to dry. Allow the vinyl cement to completely dry for at least two hours before refilling the pool.

Things you need

  • Vinyl patch
  • Vinyl cement
  • Towel

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