Air mattresses are a popular and affordable form of temporary sleep accommodation for use in the home or while away on camping trips. They are easy to store and transport. One of the problems with using airbeds is that they can develop leaks which mean that they do not stay inflated. Obviously it’s important to fix any such leaks as soon as possible.
We had to use an air mattress for 9 months last year and we sprung a leak and it was hard to keep it fixed so I wanted to share this post with you because you might have the same issue as us!!!
Finding a leak in an air mattress can be as simple as just listening. You may be able to hear where the air is escaping from the mattress. If this is not possible then there are procedures you can follow to try and locate the link as soon as possible.
Checking out the valves
Before starting any examination of the air mattress you will need to remove any bedding as it will obscure your view. You also need to make sure that you conduct the examination in an area where there is plenty of space so you have room to move all around the mattress, and turn it and flip it as required.
Once you have positioned yourself in a location where there is plenty of light you should fill the mattress to its maximum level. Once you have done this the first place you should check is the valve. This is one of the most common places for an air mattress to leak so it makes sense to make it your starting point. If the valve has developed a problem then you probably won’t be able to fix the leak with a patch. If there is no problem with the valve then you will need to check the rest of the mattress.
Using soap to find the leak
Obviously, it is not going to be easy to identify a leak in a whole air mattress. One of the best ways of doing so is to use some dish soap in water. You can spray the soap solution onto the mattress, or you can wipe it on with a cloth or sponge. You need to do this systematically so that you do not miss any areas. It makes sense to start with the areas that are most likely to develop leaks, such as around the seams. If a leak is present then the soap solution will bubble.
Once you have identified where the leak is you need to make sure you mark the area. Remember to use a means of marking that will remain fast in the presence of water. You will not be able to patch the leak until the air mattress is dry so you need to play is somewhere where it will dry easily and not be susceptible to damp.
Hopefully, when you locate the leak in your air mattress, it will be in an area where you can use a patch to fix it and you will not have to buy a new air mattress. After you have patched an air mattress remember to check the patch for any further signs of leaking.