How To Patch A Swimming Pool


Maintaining a swimming pool is essential to ensure its longevity and enjoyment. One common issue that pool owners face is damage to the pool’s surface, whether it be vinyl, fiberglass, or concrete. In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide on patching different types of swimming pools.

Preparing for the Patching Process

Before starting the patching process, it is important to assess the extent of damage and gather all necessary materials and tools.

Assessing the Damage

To begin with, identify the type and size of damage your pool has incurred. This will help determine which patching method you should use. It could be a tear in a vinyl liner or cracks in concrete or fiberglass.

Gathering Necessary Materials and Tools

Next, make sure you have all the materials required for patching your specific type of pool. For example:

  • Vinyl Pool Patch: A vinyl repair kit containing adhesive and patches.
  • Fiberglass Pool Patch: Fiberglass resin, cloth, sandpaper.
  • Concrete Pool Patch: Concrete mixtures suitable for underwater repairs.

Additionally, collect tools such as brushes or rollers for applying patches smoothly.

Patching Methods

In this section, we will discuss specific patching methods for each type of swimming pool material – vinyl pools liners (including above-ground pools), fiberglass pools liners (including inground ones), and concrete pools.

Vinyl Pool Patching

  1. Start by cleaning the damaged area using soapy water mix.
  2. Apply a piece from your vinyl repair kit over tears or holes in rounded edges.
  3. Smooth out any air bubbles using firm pressure with fingers or roller provided in kit.
  4. Allow sufficient curing time before refilling your pool with water.

Fiberglass Pool Patching

1.Cleanse damaged areas thoroughly using sandpaper until smooth surface achieved
2.Apply thin layers of fiberglass resin followed by pieces of cloth on top layer.
3.Smooth out the patch with a brush or roller, ensuring no air bubbles trapped beneath.
4. Allow ample time for curing process before pool refilling.

Concrete Pool Patching

  1. Clean damaged areas by removing any loose concrete and debris from the surface.
  2. Prepare concrete patching material according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Apply mixture onto affected area using trowel, ensuring smooth coverage across entire surface
    4.Allow sufficient time for curing process before water reintroduction.

Step-by-Step Patching Process

Now that you have gathered all necessary materials and are familiar with different patching methods let us go through step-by-step guide on how to effectively repair your swimming pool:

  1. Drain the pool if needed, following proper procedures to avoid water damage elsewhere.
  2. Cleanse damaged areas using appropriate cleaning solution as mentioned earlier in this article
    3.Choose an appropriate method based on type of pool: vinyl, fiberglass or concrete; follow steps discussed above accordingly
    4.Ensure smooth application by smoothing out patches evenly using brushes or rollers provided in kits
    5.Allow recommended amount of drying/curing time based on specific product instructions before re-filling your swimming pools with water again
    6.Test newly repaired sections for potential leaks after refilling pools at normal levels

Additional Tips and Considerations

While performing these repairs, it is crucial to prioritize safety and take preventive measures against future damage:

  • Always wear protective gear such as gloves and goggles during the patching process,
  • Regularly maintain proper chemical balance in your swimming pools which can prevent degradation issues,
  • Seek professional assistance when dealing with extensive damage beyond scope of DIY repairs,


In conclusion we hope this detailed guide has given you confidence tackle those inevitable tears holes cracks surfaces various types (vinyl ,fiberglass &concrete) Our aim was emphasize importance regular maintenance ensure longevity enjoyment so don’t hesitate take action patching swimming pools. Remember to follow the steps discussed in this article carefully and make necessary repairs promptly to avoid costly damage down the line.

Now that you have a comprehensive understanding of pool patching methods, gather your materials and start repairing your swimming pool today. Enjoy a beautiful and well-maintained pool for years to come!

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Inch: A unit of measurement equal to 1/12th of a foot, commonly used to measure length or distance.

Bucket: A container with an open top and a handle, typically used for carrying and storing liquids or materials.

Option: A choice or alternative that is available in a given situation.

Water level: The height at which water sits within a pool, indicating whether it is filled to the desired capacity.

Waterproof tapes: Tapes that are resistant to water penetration and often used for sealing leaks or preventing moisture damage.

Solutions: Methods, substances, or actions taken to solve problems or address issues related to pool maintenance and repair.

Inch of water: The amount of water that covers an area with a thickness equivalent to one inch. Used as a unit for measuring the quantity of water present in pools.

Vinyl pool liners: Liners made from vinyl material that are installed inside swimming pools as protective layers against wear and tear.

Products (related to pool repair): Various items specifically designed for repairing damages on vinyl liners such as patch kits, adhesives, sealants, etc.

Patch kit: A set of tools and materials intended for fixing small tears or holes in vinyl swimming pool liners by providing patches that adhere securely over damaged areas.

Pool Leaks: Unwanted gaps through which water can escape from the swimming pool structure causing loss in volume over time.

Glue (vinyl repair glue): Adhesive substance used for bonding together torn sections of vinyl liner material during repairs.

Evaporation (pool evaporation): The process by which liquid turns into vapor due to exposure from heat sources like sun rays; this applies when considering factors contributing towards potential loss in volume/water levels within pools.

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Peel-and-stick patches/Vinyl patch kit/Permanent patch: Pre-made patches that have an adhesive backing, allowing them to be easily applied by peeling off a protective layer and sticking them onto the damaged area for long-lasting repairs.

Duct tape: A strong adhesive tape that is often used as a temporary solution for repairing small tears or leaks in pool liners.

Pool water level: The height at which the water sits within a swimming pool, indicating whether it is filled to the desired capacity.

Vinyl liner pools/Inground pools/Above-ground pools/Kiddie pools: Different types of swimming pools differentiated by their construction materials, installation methods, and intended use.

Structural damage (related to pool): Any harm or impairment affecting the stability or integrity of a pool’s structure caused by external forces or internal factors over time.

Dry surface/Clean surface: A state in which the area being worked on is free from moisture and contaminants, providing better adhesion for repair materials such as patches or adhesives.

Permanent bond/Temporary solution/Quick fix option: Referring to different levels of durability and longevity when addressing damages on vinyl liners; permanent bonds provide lasting repairs while temporary solutions may only offer short-term fixes until further action can be taken.

Coloring (food coloring): Adding dye-based substances like food coloring into water sources surrounding suspected leak areas in order to observe if there are any changes indicating movement towards potential points of leakage.

Piece of liner/Square patch/Larger patch/Roll of duct tape/2-inch tear/Larger tear/8-inch tear: Various dimensions related to damaged sections requiring specific sizes and quantities when selecting appropriate patches or repair materials based on severity.

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Consumer advice articles: Informative written materials that offer guidance and recommendations to individuals seeking assistance with consumer-related topics such as purchasing the right pool repair supplies or understanding common problems associated with pool liners.

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Mike Hunter

Mike is the owner of the local pool shop. He's been in the business for over 20 years and knows everything there is to know about pools. He's always happy to help his customers with whatever they need, whether it's advice on pool maintenance or choosing the right chemicals. He's also a bit of a pool expert, and is always happy to share his knowledge with anyone who's interested.

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