How to Fix a Leak in a Football

Written by justin davis
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How to Fix a Leak in a Football
Footballs can be fixed quickly with a ball sealant and an air pump. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Football is a difficult sport to put together, as each team must field 11 players with helmets, pads and cleats, not to mention the referees to officiate the game. Despite these numbers, nothing stops play faster than one leaking football. When a football leaks, there are often multiple small tears that allow air to seep through, making a leaky football tough to fix.

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Things you need

  • Bucket of water
  • Ball sealant
  • Syringe
  • Air pump
  • Towel

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  1. 1

    Fill a bucket with water. Place the leaky football underneath the water and squeeze. Slowly turn the ball over while squeezing. Look for a stream of small air bubbles, as these will indicate where your leak is.

  2. 2

    Dry the football. Insert a syringe full of ball sealant through the football's air hole and depress the plunger, releasing the sealant in the ball.

  3. 3

    Remove the syringe from the ball and refill the football with air using an air pump.

  4. 4

    Throw the football up and down several times to spread the sealant around the inside of the ball.

  5. 5

    Submerge the ball in the bucket of water and squeeze the ball. Look for any air bubbles. If there are none, the football is fixed.

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