Your towable tube can often get mutilated or punctured because of the surfaces they can come in contact with.
However, early detection of the issue can save you from a whole lot of stress. So, you can regularly check the towable tube to ascertain that it is in good condition.
Unfortunately, people do not often check their tube's condition; this is because, it is made up of solid and durable materials, so they assume it is always in perfect shape.
Interestingly, there is a high probability that when your towable tube goes beyond its warranty period, it becomes more susceptible to risky issues. It is normal for products to deplete in quality once it has passed its warranty period.
So, here is a piece of advice, once your towable tube is closing in on its warranty expiration date, you need to pay more attention to maintaining it properly. If it is possible to get another one, then, by all means, do so.
What To Do Before You Patch The Towable Tube
We have discussed conducting a background check to see if there is any leakage before patching the tube.
Often, there might be a punctured space causing the air leak, or it might be the tube's over-pumping. Here is something to consider, foreign objects or sand could infringe upon the valve, making it not lock properly. This could lead to air escape.
If it is a new tube, ensure that the seal is still intact to confirm that it has not been tampered with.
Furthermore, each towable tube is made from different materials. As such, the glue you want to use has to be compatible with the material. So, please read the tube's manual carefully before applying any glue.
The Best Way To Check For A Leak
It will be absurd for you to take materials and apply them anywhere on the tube – the best thing to do is to first survey and be sure.
One of the most common ways is pouring soapy water to areas you suspect there is a leak. If the water forms bubbles in certain areas, then there is a hole there. This method is one of the oldest forms of discovering holes in towable tubes, but it is still effective.
How To Patch Small Holes
There are different techniques for problems associated with the towable tubes. Sooner or later, you are bound to try to figure out how to patch these holes.
However, some holes have specific ways of getting them repaired. These tips will help you:
- For small holes, use warm water to clean the area that is affected. Also, you have to add a little bit of soap to the warm water.
- Then let it settle for up to 5 hours.
- After that, add some repair adhesive around the areas that have been affected. Ensure to add two drops to the area.
- Here is something important to note, be sure that the adhesives are original products.
- After that, leave the adhesive to dry around the area of the tube for 24 hours.
- Please keep it away from direct sunlight and store it in an airy area.
How To Patch Large Holes
For larger holes, you will need to adopt a different strategy to make it work. Here, you will need a PVC or a vinyl Patch.
- Check the size of the hole and cut the patch according to the measurement. Ensure that it has enough coverage – 12mm beyond the hole will be appropriate.
- Another thing you should consider will be cutting the patch into a round shape for ease and effectiveness.
- Allow the patch to dry after you have properly cleaned it with primer and cleaner.
- Then carefully apply the patch on the damaged area of the tube.
- It would help if you started from the center to the edges when trying to smoothen the patch. You can set a small landscaping stone on the patch to intensify the drying.
- The mistake most people make is not securing the patch to be airtight. Therefore, ensure that you have a completely dry and sealed patch for the tube.
- Confirm that there is no additional leak anywhere before setting the tube back into where it belongs.
Here are some general tips that ensure your patching process is long-lasting.
Before you start patching or gluing anything on the tube, you need to be in an airy place. Let the place you are patching be well-ventilated. You don't want anything to affect the adhesive.
You have to be certain that there is nothing flammable close to where you are doing the patching. This is because the adhesives are flammable.
So, try to stay away from gas, smoking areas, and anyone prone to fire in whatever quantity.
Be very careful with the adhesive; it sure does cause a strain if it touches the skin. Please keep it away from your eyes and any other opening on your body.
Furthermore, it is important to get all the materials you need near where you want to patch the tubes. You are working with time since you are dealing with the adhesive.
One last general tip that will surely help you avoid certain unfortunate circumstances is to maintain the tube's condition.
Sometimes, you see people dragging the towable tube across the beach. This can contribute to making the tube develop issues quickly. You can never be too sure what type of surface you are dragging the tube through, so it is best not to even try it.
Asides, avoiding dragging, ensure you take good care of the tube as it is vital in water sports.