Once you have found the leak in the swimming pool, you will want to make sure you know how to properly patch it. You will need a piece of the liner or a pool liner patch kit, some pool liner patch glue, and also a pair of scissors. You will of course also need to know where the pool liner is leaking.
- Measure the area of the swimming pool liner that needs to be patched.
- Make sure that the patch you’re cutting is at least 2″ inches bigger all around then the hole in the liner.
- Once you have cut the square or rectangle piece of pool liner 2″ inches bigger than the hole in the pool, you will want to round off the edges of the swimming pool patch – cut the patch into a circle if possible. The reason for this is that so there are no edges that can get caught or lift off once the patch is installed. A circular swimming pool patch will be less disturbed over time.
- Apply the vinyl adhesive that came with your patching kit on the rough side of the patch. Apply the adhesive evenly and ensure that the entire patch is covered with adhesive.
- Fold the patch in half, sticking the adhesive sides together. Because the adhesive dries quickly, folding the adhesive sides on top of each other helps to keep the adhesive moist until you actually apply it over the hole in the pool liner.
- Unfold the patch material and place it over the hole in the pool. If the hole is under water, wait until you are near the hole to unfold the patch. Once the patch is unfolded, position it over the hole and gently smooth out all of the air bubbles. Smoothing with two much pressure may cause the patch to slide off the hole.
- Maintain direct pressure on the patch for approximately five minutes. Be careful not to apply pressure from an angle, as it may cause you to shift the patch out of place.