How To Patch An Intex Pool – Complete Step-By-Step Guide

Last Updated on October 19, 2021

Learning how to patch an Intex pool is important to make sure your Intex pool lasts a long time. Since you’ll be using pool chemicals to keep your pool water clean, these chemicals may cause holes and tears after sustained use. You also have to consider that sharp objects, whether it’s from a branch or your child’s toys, can damage your swimming pool even if you’re being careful and vigilant.

Despite having some of the most durable above ground pools, Intex cannot completely prevent punctures and tears from happening when you use your pool. The good news for Intex pool owners is most tears or holes in your swimming pool can be fixed by using the right pool patch and knowing the exact location of the leak whether it’s on the bottom of your pool or your pool walls.

Don’t worry, unless you have a massive tear or just a pretty old liner, you can still probably fix it with a pool patch.

How To Patch An Intex Pool: Step-by-Step Guide

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Patching an Intex pool is not that difficult even if this is your first time doing this job. One thing that would determine the ease of patching your Intex pool is the materials you’ll be using to fix your pool. We recommend using the Intex patching kit since these are made specifically for use on Intex pools. Using a third-party company’s patching kit may require you to make some adjustments on your part since they’re for use on various pool types.

Total Time: 15 minutes

  1. Gather the necessary tools and materials

    Most Intex pools come with a patching kit and fabric that you can use to fix holes and pool tears when they occur on your above ground pool. Gather them and get a pair of scissors too.

  2. Inspect your Intex pool

    Find the part/s of your pool that will require patching. Determine if these holes can be fixed using your patching kit or if they’re too large already that you might need help from a pool professional.

  3. Prepare to patch

    It’s advisable to cut your patching kit circularly and make it at least an inch larger than the tear or hole you need to cover. This means if the diameter of the hole on your pool liner is about an inch, your patch should be 2 inches in diameter.

  4. Put the patch on your pool

    If you’re putting a patch on a filled Intex pool or underwater, then you must put a small amount of patching adhesive from your kit onto the backside of your patch, then fold it in half to spread the adhesive. Wait for at least 10 minutes for it to cure, then immerse it into the water while you keep the patch folded. When you’re near the tear in your pool liner, open it, and place it over the hole. Make sure that you press firmly to ensure that the patch covers the hole or tear properly.

    When you’re patching the above the water line or a hole in your inflatable ring, you should squeeze a pea-sized adhesive to your patch and the surface you need to put it on, wait at least 10 minutes, then start placing the patch, put pressure on the center and work your way toward the edges.

    Also, if you’re going to patch the ring of your Intex pool, make sure it’s inflated so you can properly cover all its holes.

How To Verify The Need To Patch Your Intex Pool

Knowing when to patch an Intex pool can save you money from spending on expensive pool repairs. Pool water leaks and losing air on your inflatable ring in a short period are signs that you need to patch your Intex pool ASAP.

If the pool’s water level has dropped even if you have your pool covered, then you have to consider the fact that you’re dealing with a pool leak and you need to find its exact location soon.

Also, you have to consider the age of your pool liner. If you have not used your pool liner for more than 5 years, then it’s definitely worth patching. But if it’s more than that, then you might consider getting a new pool liner instead.

Of course, you also have to factor in the size of the hole or tear. A two-inch tear can still be fixed by your typical pool patch. But a 5-inch hole in your pool liner is a different story, you can try and fix it with vinyl patch kits, but if that doesn’t hold, then you might need to get a new pool liner or a new Intex pool altogether.

What To Do If Patching Does Not Work?

If holes or tears are constantly appearing on your Intex pool, then you might want to check first if your pool is properly leveled. Also, look for any sharp objects that may have caused this issue. Draining your pool might help.

If your patching kit is not doing a great job, you might consider buying one or two of these patching solutions.

If you’ve found a pretty large hole that needs a larger pool patch or you need a more permanent solution for the leak, then you might be better off using vinyl patch kits. These include a large chunk of liner and special vinyl adhesive that you can use without the need to drain your swimming pool. Some vinyl patch kits also have a special piece of laminated polyvinyl chloride or PVC that you can use to patch the outside of your pool walls.

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If a pool patch cannot fix the leaks, it might be time to upgrade your above ground pool. There are dozens of pool options to choose from, our ultimate favorite is the Intex Ultra XTR Frame Pool set. If you have adequate space in your backyard for this Intex pool, you might consider getting one.

INTEX 26329EH Ultra XTR Deluxe Above Ground Swimming Pool Set: 18ft x 52in – Includes 2100 GPH Cartridge Sand Filter Pump – SuperTough Puncture Resistant – Rust Resistant – Easy to Assemble
  • EXPERIENCE THE ULTRA DIFFERENCE – Uniquely designed frame combines high quality galvanized steel with precision engineered locking system, enhancing the overall quality, durability and stability of...
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE – Ready for water in just 60 minutes; Ultra XTR swimming pools above ground are designed with an Easy Lock System, making it easy to assemble; frame components simply snap together...
  • RUST RESISTANT – Encapsulated with inner and outer powder coating ensures the ultimate resistance to rust; the T-Joints are engineered for high strength and infused with UV inhibitor to ensure...
  • SUPER-TOUGH – Made with puncture-resistant 3-Ply PVC material, this above ground pool is built to resist the wear and tear of summer fun; in case of any damage, a patch is included for easy fixes

Other above ground pools you might consider are the following:

Frequently Asked Questions When Patching Intex Pools

Can an Intex pool be patched?

Yes. You can definitely patch an Intex pool. Since Intex pools are made from almost the same material as vinyl pool liners, you can easily patch them, even on the outside.

How do I find the leak in my Intex pool?

The easiest way to find a leak in your Intex pool without draining it is using a pool dye testing kit. The dye test is a great way to discover the exact location of the leak. Just make sure that you choose dye colors that will stand out from your pool liner’s color. You can use either red or yellow dye when trying to find the leak on blue-colored Intex pool liners.

How long will an Intex pool last?

Inflatable Intex pool can last for up to 5 years depending on how often you use them and take care of it. Intex pool with metal frames lasts longer for about 10 to 15 years. However, the pool liners may only last for 5 to 8 years and you may need to get a new liner as a replacement.

How To Patch An Intex Pool – Final Thoughts

Patching your Intex pool all by yourself is not that difficult. With the right patching kit and knowing how the patching process work, things could be solved within 15 minutes and you and your family can start doing some water fun activities again.

Make sure you regularly check the patch if it holds to avoid having to spend money for a more expensive pool repair.

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5 thoughts on “How To Patch An Intex Pool – Complete Step-By-Step Guide”

  1. This doesn’t tell me how to patch a leaking patch. Do I take off the old patch? Do I patch over the old patch?

    • Buy the plugzit thing above.this post 🙂. I just ordered two. one for now and another back up. Seems a bit too easy but righr now I will try anything!! Tape and patches suck 😡

  2. Having the Same problem! We patched the outside but it keeps leaking. Should we go in the water and patch the other side too? Is it possible with a pool that’s already filled? It’s a very small hole but still leaking steadily. Help!


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