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How to locate a leak in a waterbed and repair it

Finding the source of a leak in your waterbed may not always be easy. Some punctures can be very small (some even the size of a pin), making it difficult to find. The best place to start is by wiping the entire mattress dry. Before going any further, make sure that your heater is unplugged. First try to locate the leak without draining the bed. Place paper towels around the perimeter of your bed as well as around the corners and bottom seams. Then lay on your bed for a minute or two to apply some pressure. Check the paper you laid down to help diagnose the location of the leak. If this method does not work, you may have to drain your mattress. Refill the mattress with air and sit on it. Using a spray bottle filled with water and dish soap spray the suspected areas. You will see bubbles appear in the area where the hole is located.

Once you have located the location of the leak, you can now repair it. You will need a vinyl repair kit - most waterbed mattresses are sold with one, if not I will leave you a link so that you can purchase one online. For a small pin-size hole, you will only need a very small patch. Try to cut either a round/oval shaped patch as corners usually lift. Apply some adhesive to both the patch and the mattress and attach. You should let the patch dry for a minimum of two hours before putting any pressure on it.



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Is it easy to puncture waterbeds?

If you are careful with it there shouldn't be any problem. Most punctures come from opening the waterbed mattress box with a sharp object, pets in your house, and stress at the corners caused by changing the sheets roughly.

Aug 13, 2012 | Furniture

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My waterbed has a leak. How can I repair it?

This depends on the size of the hole. No matter the size, you first need to drain the bed. After your bed has been drained, locate the leak. If it is small, just dry off the area and cover it with some rubber cement. After 30 minutes it should be dry enough to refill the mattress. For larger holes/leaks you will need to make a patch to cover the torn area. For leaks this size, you are better off buying a special kit that comes with patches specially made for this problem. You can buy a repair kit from any reputable waterbed store near you.

Jul 24, 2012 | Furniture

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