Performing On-Site Repairs for Advertising Inflatables

Repairing Damaged Advertising Inflatables During An Event

Aside from your inflatable being stolen, having it damaged in some way during an event is just about the worst thing that can happen. However, there are several ways to quickly rectify the situation so the event can continue as planned.

On-site Repair Techniques

If the tear in your inflatable is relatively small, you may choose one of two ways to repair your balloon on-site. Both sewing and patching the inflatable can hold it long enough to finish the event.

Sewing Your Inflatable

A needle, thread (strong enough to mend your balloon) and spare pieces of fabric are included in the repair kit you received with your inflatable. To repair your balloon, simply pinch the torn material together and sew by hand using small stitches.

Patching Your Inflatable

Patching the tear can be done quickly with a self-adhesive patch. You can also use a standard patch and apply a HH-66 glue to both the patch and inflatable surface. Make sure the patch is big enough to cover an area approximately 1/2 inch larger than the tear.

Call Local Repair Outlets

If you have no desire or ability to repair the inflatable yourself, you can attempt to find a local repair outlet. Call one of the following establishments to ask for help. These types of businesses are generally equipped to repair inflatables:

  • Tent Makers
  • Upholstery Shops
  • Awning Companies
  • Sign Shops
  • Inflatable Rental Companies

Return Your Inflatable To Landmark for Repairs

After the event, the inflatable can be returned to us for permanent repair depending how well the temporary repair is holding. If the temporary patch isn’t holding or is cosmetically unfavorable, send your inflatable to Landmark for repair. If you are able, take a digital picture of the damage and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We may be able to estimate repair costs over the phone. If it is necessary for you to return the inflatable without having sent a digital picture beforehand, rest assured we will call with an estimate prior to performing any work.

If the damage is due to a manufacturing defect or open seam the repair should be covered under your warranty. Landmark will pay for the repair cost as well as return the inflatable via ground shipping if our workmanship is found to be defective. Other types of damage that occur during normal use are not covered by warranty.

Preventing Damage To Your Inflatable

The best recourse is to prevent damage from the onset. Use these tips to help keep your inflatable in the best condition possible.

  1. If winds are greater than 20 mph check the inflatable regularly to ensure it is still securely anchored. In most instances, you’ll want to deflate your inflatable until the conditions become more favorable.
  2. Don’t leave deflated balloons on rooftops. Once you’ve deflated your balloon be sure to carefully pack it and store it in a safe shelter.
  3. Don’t pack your inflatable when wet. Bacteria and mold can eat away the material and cause holes as well as awful odors.

Custom Inflatables FAQ

What is a cold-air inflatable?

Custom inflatables that are labeled cold-air require a blower system (fan) to keep them upright. Cold-air inflatables include sports tunnels, large product replicas, mascots, rooftop inflatables, etc. Cold-air inflatables do not “fly” or float in the air like helium-filled inflatables.

I’m looking to rent an inflatable (fill-in-the-blank) – can Landmark help me?

Sorry, but no. We do not rent inflatables, each of our structures are custom manufactured for purchase only. We do not have anything in-stock as everything is made to order with your specific needs in mind. We think it’s better that way!

What is included in my inflatable purchase?

Depending upon what you purchase your inflatable can include a blower system, installation hardware, instructions, ground stakes, tethers, cambuckles, a repair kit all wrapped up in a storage bag. We also offer specialty storage and shipping container options upon request.

Do inflatables need constant airflow? How does it stay inflated?

The answer is different depending on the type of inflatable you have. Landmark specializes in cold-air inflatables; this style does require a constant source of airflow. Our custom inflatables come complete with a blower that should be kept running while the inflatable is in use. Sealed inflatables do not require a source of airflow. Helium inflatables do not require a source of airflow, but must be filled with 99% pure helium to remain afloat. The helium will need to be replenished every three to five days.

Does my blower system need to stay plugged in and turned on to keep it inflated?

Yes. Cold-air inflatables require a blower system (fan) to keep it upright. You’ll need to plug in the blower system, turn it on & keep it on as long as your promotion lasts!

How is the blower (fan system) attached?

That depends on the type of blower your inflatable has. For external blowers use the zipper and Velcro strap to simply attach the blower sleeve to the blower tube. Internal blowers are permanently installed in the inflatable. No action is necessary.

Can I hang a custom inflatable from the ceiling (at a trade show, museum, etc.)?

 But of course! Our inflatables can be designed with the blower system placed at the top of the structure allowing it to be hung. An inflatable used in this way will include the hanging hardware required for installation. Note: If you plan to suspend an inflatable at your next trade show review the regulations and requirements of the show prior to purchasing!

Do you provide straps to keep inflatables grounded?

Yes, cold-air shapes do come with tether straps and ground stakes that keep the inflatables secured to the ground or roof can be added to your order as needed.

I can’t use ground stakes at my location? What can I use to secure my inflatable?

Depending upon how large your inflatable is you have a few options: Sandbags, water barrels, stationary items and solid weights are some popular anchoring options. Once an inflatable project is designed we can offer installation advice!

How can I maintain the inflatable and continue using it for years to come?

It is not hard to keep your inflatables in good shape. Just follow these simple steps:

Keep your inflatable away from sharp objects to prevent punctures and tears.
Always completely deflate your inflatable before storing it.
Be sure your inflatable is completely dry before storing it to prevent the development of mold or mildew.
Store your inflatable in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading.
Each year, do a quick inspection of the blower, tether straps and seams to be sure your inflatable is not in need of repairs.

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