Repairing a Hole in an Above-Ground Swimming Pool

Above-ground pools have few drawbacks, but one of them is that they can get a tear or hole rather easily.

An above-ground swimming pool is far less expensive than an in-ground swimming pool and it takes much less time to set up yet it still offers you the enjoyment and luxury of being able to take a dip in cool water whenever the summer months become hot and unbearable.

Above-ground pools have few drawbacks, but one of them is that they can get a tear or hole rather easily. If this happens to your pool, you will not be able to enjoy it again until you repair it. The good news is that there are several different ways to repair your pool and most of them are fairly quick. You can be back to enjoying your pool in a short time.

Look in the box your pool came in. Many pool manufacturers include a repair kit in the original packaging that contains a piece of vinyl, some glue, and specific instructions on how to use the kit to repair the hole in your pool. If your pool did not have come with a repair kit, or the contents of your repair kit are not adequate (the vinyl path is too small, for example, or too thin, which is often the case with kits), you will have to go to your local pool supplier for help.

Most pool repair kits come with glue that cannot be used with soap. If your chemical system is non-chlorine and uses a product like Baquacil, which is made from soap, this could be a problem. You will need to buy a repair kit specific to your system. You may be able to buy one from your local dealer. First try the company you bought your pool from. If they don`t have one in stock, they may be able to order one for you. Or you could call the manufacturer yourself or order online. If all else fails, your local dealer should be able to give you the basic materials and instructions to enable you to make the repair.

If you buy the materials separately, be sure to buy a thick patch of vinyl that is large enough to fit over the hole with an inch to spare all around the hole. The color doesn`t matter, but transparent vinyl is best, as you will be able to spot the hole easily and monitor it in case of a future leak. Spread glue over the entire patch and place it firmly over the hole. If the hole is on the side of the pool, press the patch firmly in place using your hands and wipe off the excess glue. Let it dry according to the instructions that came with the glue. If the hole is on the bottom of the pool, use your foot and the weight of your body to press the patch in place. Otherwise, follow the same instructions for patching a hole in the side.

It is best to drain your pool before you patch it, but if you absolutely cannot, you can still apply the patch. After spreading the glue over the entire patch, fold it in half before you take it underwater. This will keep the chlorinated water from destroying its ability to adhere to the pool. As soon as you are over the hole, quickly unfold the patch and put it in place, following the same instructions as above.

If the largest patch you can find isn`t large enough, you might have to replace your liner or siding. Usually, however, a simple patch is all you need to repair a hole, and you can spend the rest of the summer swimming the days away without worrying about leaks.