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How to Stop a Leak in a Football

author image Jake Wayne
Jake Wayne has written professionally for more than 12 years, including assignments in business writing, national magazines and book-length projects. He has a psychology degree from the University of Oregon and black belts in three martial arts.
How to Stop a Leak in a Football
Repairing a football will get you back on the field. Photo Credit: danp68/iStock/Getty Images

Although most attention on football injuries is focused on the players, an injured ball can stop play just as fast — it might stop play faster, since you can play with one less man, but not with one less ball. Fortunately, repairing a football is a relatively simple process, similar to fixing a bicycle tire, and should take less than an hour.

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Step 1

Inspect the ball visually. If the leak is from a rip or gash, rather than a small hole, your ball is likely beyond repair.

Step 2

Fill the basin with water. Submerge the football in the basin and look for the stream of air bubbles. This is the location of your leak.

Step 3

Note the location of the leak. Remove the ball from the water, dry it with a towel and circle the leak with your chalk .

Step 4

Insert the syringe of your ball sealant into the air hole of the ball. Depress the plunger to squirt the contents inside.

Step 5

Use your air pump to refill the ball with air.

Step 6

Toss the ball from hand to hand for a few minutes to spread the sealant around.

Step 7

Dunk the ball back in the basin and check for leaking air. If you still have a leak — and you probably won't — add more ball sealant and try again.

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