How to repair houseboat pontoons that leak?
How do we repair houseboat pontoons that leak?
Can we repair a pontoon houseboat that leaks water into the round steel pontoons?
What I mean is, other than welding every little hole that leaks, can we maybe fill them up one of those "expanding foams" used to seal around windows etc...
The foam could expand and fill the pontoon interior, and even if it leaked a little, and took in a gallon or two of water, no big deal, there would still be a lot of buoyancy?
What do you folks think? Am I "out to lunch" and dreaming.
Looking forward to your replies, Mike. Reply - Answer
Well Mike, sorry to hear about your leaking pontoon problem.
In respect to filling the pontoons with the "expanding foam", I had already thought of that with a inflatable dinghy that always had a pin-hole slow air leak. I figured that by filling it, I could eliminate any future leaks.
I thought about using the foam, but realized after buying a can, and testing how it worked, that it would be very difficult to completely fill the dinghy air chambers completely.
I imagine that each of your supposedly air-tight pontoon chambers is probably @ 2ft diameter x @ 5 ft long. It would be difficult to fill them completely, in my opinion.
So I guess I will say that I don't think you're "out to lunch" since I have also thought of the idea. :)
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