Nothing says summer like lounging in the pool on a hot sunny day. However, pool floats can be punctured, and one day you might find a hole or small tear in one of your favorite pool floats. If so, no need to toss it! Save some money and repair the hole yourself with these quick and easy tips:
1. Have The Right Repair Kit
Some pool floats come with their own patch repair kit in case of a small hole or tear. If so, great! If not, it is important to get the right repair kit for your particular pool float. Kits designed to work on vinyl won’t do so well on rubber, and vice versa. If you aren’t sure what material you’re working with, visit the website of the manufacturer or give the company a quick call to find out. The website might even sell patch repair kits you can buy for your specific float.
2. Spot the Leak
A good way to find the leak in your pool float is to do a water test. Inflate the pool float in question as much as possible, then place under water one section at a time. Look for tiny bubbles leaking out of your float; these bubbles should lead you to where the hole is. Place duct or electrical tape near the area so it’s easy to find later on.
3. Prepare the Area
Make sure the material around the hole is clean and thoroughly dry before making your repair. Any residue might make the repair less effective, so be sure to use either the cleaning solution included in your repair kit or rubbing alcohol on a soft washcloth to get your float squeaky clean. Dry the entire float, or at least several inches around the area with the damage. Try to have the area you’re working on flattened out and facing up for an easy repair.
4. Seal the Leak
Follow the instructions on the repair kit to patch the hole or tear in your float, making sure the breach is as close to the center of the patch as possible for the best result. Wait the recommended amount of time for the patch to dry before inflating, as per the instructions (though a half hour should be plenty of time).
Alternatively, waterproof sealants can be used to repair pool floats and toys. Make sure the sealant will work on the type of material you’re working with, and follow the above steps for preparation. Apply the sealant in a bead on the hole, and spread out flat at least a half inch in each direction, and leave to dry for the recommended amount of time before re-inflating. Perform the water test again to make sure there are no more bubbles leaking out of the float.
Now that your pool toy or float is repaired, you’re ready to get back in the water! Enjoy your like-new pool float while playing some fun pool games or simply relaxing after a long day’s work. If you are looking for pool floats that everyone will love, check out some of our favorites here!