How to fix a leak in your jumping castle

fix-jumping-castlesHappy Hop has a wide selection of jumping castles for sale and although the castles are made of tough, durable material, the rough and tumble of kids playing can lead to the occasional leak.

Jumping castles are a wonderful source of entertainment for children of all ages, but like anything to do with lively play, the seams can sometimes spring a leak, and this causes the jumping castle to slowly deflate and collapse.

If the jumping castle has a major tear then rather send it away to be repaired professionally, but if it is a minor tear then a repair kit with transparent patches will allow you to repair the faulty seam effortlessly.

To identify where the leak is re-inflate the castle and identify the leak with the following method.

You will need dishwashing liquid, a ½” paintbrush, ruler and an erasable grease pencil

  1. Mix ½ a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with one cup of water.
  2. Inflate the jumping castle and brush the soapy water onto the suspected area with the paintbrush and watch for bubbles, indicating the escaping air from inside the castle.
  3. Measure the length of the leak and mark the fault with the grease pencil.
  4. Deflate the jumping castle.

To fix the leak you will require an inflatable vinyl repair kit, scissors, cotton wool, rubbing alcohol, vinyl adhesive, medium sandpaper, wax paper and a heavy flat item, such as a wide cooking pot filled with cold water.

  1. Cut a vinyl transparent patch large enough to cover the seam by 1” on all sides. Trim off a 1” diameter area on the four corners with the scissors.
  2. Clean the area to be repaired with a wad of cotton-wool soaked in rubbing alcohol. Wait until the area is dry and gently roughen the surface with a piece of the sandpaper.
  3. Spread a good amount of vinyl repair adhesive onto the area to be patched and position the bottom of the patch 1” below the seam, hold the rest of the patch away from the adhesive with one hand and carefully smooth it flat with the palm of your other hand to remove any creases and air bubbles. The adhesive dries fast so work as fast as you can.
  4. Cover the repair with a strip of wax paper and place a wide, heavy item onto the wax paper to weight the patch down while the adhesive dries. Leave the weight on the repair until the following morning.
  5. Remove the weighted pot and peel the wax paper away. Reinflate the bounce and check the repair for leaks with another coat of soap.