What can I do if my basketball valve is leaking air?
A basketball is the main thing of a basketball game. During games and practices, a basketball goes through plenty of wear-and-tear. It is not surprising when your basketball begins to leak. Most often replace a new ball may not be affordable. In that situation, repair the leak can be a good solution. You can fix the leak of the valve in a natural way. There are several ways to fix a leak of the basketball. Here few systems are mentioning below.
To repair or fix a leak you need the following things:
- A tub of water
- A dull old knife
- Open Flame
- An inflator needle
- A hand pump
- A ball repair sealant
- A syringe
To repair a basketball valve leak, you can follow the following systems-
At first, submerge the basketball in a tub of water. There is always air trapped between the panel and the bladder. Rotate the ball and watch the exiting air bubbles to indicate the leak source. Now dry the area off and mark the leak with pencil or tape. Heat the tip of a dull knife over an open flame. Swipe the hot knife across the leak until the vinyl begins to melt. Allow the vinyl to cool and solidify for at least five minutes. Push an inflator needle into the valve hole. Now, re-inflate the ball gently by using a hand pump. Fill the ball to its recommended pressure setting. Do not over-inflate.
Insert a wet inflating needle into the valve hole to clean dirt. Make sure how big or small the leak is. If you can persist the leak insert a toothpick into the valve. Break off the end of the toothpick and leave the valve plugged.
You can repair the valve leak by using a ball repair sealant. For this, you need to buy a repair sealant with a syringe. Fill the needle with the sealant according to the directions. Now insert the syringe into the valve's hole. Depress the plunger on the syringe and bounce the ball vigorously.
By replacing the defective valve, you can also solve the leak problem. Remove the old valve with the key-shaped valve changer. Soak the new valve in soapy water or glycerin. Now insert the pipe into the opening ball. Screw the new plug into place tightly. Inflate the ball and leave for 24 hours. Next day recheck the leak. If everything is excellent, the ball is now ready to play again.