Last Updated on July 5, 2020
Learning how to patch an Intex pool is important to make sure your Intex pool is properly maintained. Since you’ll be using pool chemicals to keep your pool water clean, these chemicals can cause holes and tears after sustained use.
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 doing these steps.
How To Patch An Intex Pool: Step-by-Step Guide
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 designs.
Total Time: 15 minutes
Gather the necessary tools and materials
Most Intex pools come with a patching kit and fabric that you can use to fix holes and tears when they occur on your above ground pool. Locate them and get a pair of scissors too.
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.
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.
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. Water leaks and losing air on your inflatable ring in a short period are signs that you need to patch your Intex pool ASAP.
Losing an inch or two of your pool water per day, even if you cover your pool, is a good indication that you have a leak on your Intex pool.
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 is not that hard to fix. But a 5-inch hole in your pool liner can cause you a lot of stress in the future too even if you patched it today. It might be better for you to get a new pool liner, instead of continually patching holes on your Intex pool.
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 those still do not help you fix your Intex pool, 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.
- Uniquely designed frame combines high quality galvanized Steel with Precision engineered locking system, enhancing the overall quality, durability and stability of the pools
- Rust resistance: encapsulating inner and outer powder coating ensures the ultimate resistance to rust
- 2-year manufacturer's Warranty
- Includes 110-120V sand filter pump with pump flow Rate 2, 100 gallons per hour, pool ladder, ground cloth and pool cover
- Ready for water in 60 minutes. Water capacity (90%): 6, 981 gallons
Other above ground pools you might consider are the following:
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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