Leaking Pontoon House Boats - How to Find and Repair a Leak?
Houseboat Leaks, Find & Repair Leaking Pontoon House Boats
Leaking pontoon house boats can be annoying, and wondering how to find and repair the leak?
Pulled my pontoon boat out today, heard a gurgling sound in pontoon, did not pull drain plug yet. Why a drain plug if pontoons are chambered?
If a leak, how would I find it, and what are some suggestions as to repairing. Willing to buy a repair manual if available. Thanks. Reply - Answer
Well, sorry to hear about your leaking pontoon house boat. I know the feeling since I also had a pontoon boat that leaked water into the chambers.
The extra weight alone of all that water didn't help in the performance department. The one advantage of a leaking pontoon is that what goes in, must come out!
So we have two things to look at, where's the leak, and how to repair it?Where is it leaking?
Like we said before, "what goes in, must come out". So, if the water is still inside the pontoon, you may be able to see where it leaks out.
You can also try and have a look around the pontoons to see if there is any damage? Maybe beaching or an impact caused a crack, puncture, or a welded seam to let go?
You can also used the drain plug to fill the pontoons with a water hose to see where exactly the leak is. If
not, you can also use an air compressor to fill the pontoons with pressure to listen for a hissing sound, indicating where it leaks.How to repair the leak?
Once you have found the problem area, you have a few choices to repair it. You can weld the damaged area, or you can use a "putty steel like compound" (available at auto parts stores) to seal the area.
You didn't mention if the pontoon material was steel or aluminum, so I will presume that they're aluminum. Welding aluminum is trickier than welding steel, so I would recommend speaking to a welder who has experience welding marine aluminum.
The other alternative was applying the "two part steel putty like compound" to the affected area. This steel putty like compound hardens in @ 1 hour, and can be drilled, tapped, or machined, since it has steel like strength. This repair putty is also a great product to have "on board" since it's excellent for emergency repairs because it even hardens in water.
Now that's the two methods that I'm familiar with, however possibly our readers will have other tricks and tips to help you out? Lastly
, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their pontoon house boat repair experiences. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found at the bottom of this page.
Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats
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