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Filling & draining a waterbed

Although not very scientific they most effective way to ensure your waterbed is filled to the appropriate level and without bubbles is by using a broomstick. Start by filling the mattress about one quarter full with warm water. Next remove the hose from the intake valve and roll a broom handle over the mattress from one end to another to remove air bubbles. Repeat this process three more times until the mattress is full. It is difficult to gauge how much water will be needed exactly since there are many deciding factors. On average a queen size mattress hold approximately 130 gallons of water.


In terms of draining, the easiest way to accomplish this is with a pump. This video tutorial explains how to use an electric pump to drain your waterbed mattress.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh7pApujSHI


If you do not have a pump, it may be slightly more difficult. Begin by unplugging your heater. You will then need to attach one end of your garden hose to a faucet outside and the other end to the drain valve of your mattress. Begin by turning the water on for approximately 15 seconds. This will create a siphon. Next you will need to turn off the water and disconnect the hose from the faucet outside. As long as the hose end is lower than the waterbed gravity will do its part in ensuring the water successfully drains out.

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I heard that waterbeds can hold up to 200 gallons of water. Can my floor support this weight?


First of all, some waterbeds can hold even more than 200 gallons of water. As for the floor beneath you, it will be fine. Waterbeds actually consume less weight per square foot than a refrigerator/washing machine. If you are still concerned though, there are two types of waterbeds that weigh between 40-70% less than the traditional waterbeds. The more "light-weight" waterbeds are known as Deep filled softside and shallow filled softside waterbeds.

Jul 24, 2012 | Furniture

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I think there is a strange noise coming from my waterbed and lately I have found my waterbed to be less comfortable. Can anyone help me figure out what the problem is?


From the sounds of it you need to "burp" your waterbed. It seems to me that you have an air bubble trapped inside. What you need to do is get a broom and some towels. Feel around the mattress to locate the air bubble. Next you need to open the valve and lay your towel over it to decrease the mess of getting water everywhere. The next step is to very gently take your broom and drag the air bubble towards the open valve.

Jul 24, 2012 | Furniture

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I think while I was filling my waterbed some air got trapped inside. Will this affect the comfort of the bed?


Yes, you should release the air. Air trapped inside your waterbed moves faster than water. The air will compromise the level of proper support you need from the mattress. Not only is air trapped bad for your physical health, but it is also bad for the health of your mattress.

Jul 24, 2012 | Furniture

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