Finding a leak in an air mattress is no easy task especially if the hole is not large enough to be spotted by the naked eye. In the event that your mattress is unlikely to have been exposed to sharp objects it is important to rule out the common causes of leaks in the seals and valves.
Step 1: Removing beddings
The first step usually involves removing all the beddings so as to better see any holes or tears on the mattress.
Step 2: Moving mattress to open area
The next step is moving the mattress to a place where it can be easily inspected. Ensure that the place has adequate light and is quiet.
Step 3: Filling the mattress
The next step involves filling the mattress with as much air as possible without bursting.
Step 4: Valve inspection
At this stage, it is advised to check that the valve plug is well secured in the valve stem. If the valves utilize a double locking mechanism, it is best to ensure that the valve stem is well secured against its stop.
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In the event that the valve plug isn’t able to seal against the valve stem, a thin plastic piece can be used to remedy this issue. If the valve plug is well secured in the valve stem and the valve stem is well secured to the stop, you can then proceed to look for the leak on the mattress fabric.
Soapy Water Method
In this method mix soap and water is put in a spray bottle. The mixture is mixed thoroughly, to ensure that the soap can be evenly spread across the mattress. A wet rag can be used to spread the water instead of a water bottle.
Step 1: Spray/wipe the valve
This is done to look for the formation of bubbles. If bubbles are detected at the valve ensure that it is properly sealed.
Step 2: Spray the mattress systematically
It is advisable to begin at the seams then the rest of the mattress. Formation of bubbles indicates a leak.
Step 3: Mark leak
Mark the leak with a permanent marker you can dry that part to make it easier to mark. Alternatively, duct tape can be used to make your make clear.
Step 4: Dry mattress
Put the mattress in the sun and wind to ensure that it dries before patching.
Submerging Mattress Method
Before submerging the mattress read the mattress label and check whether the manufacturer advises against doing so. This is because submerging the mattress may ruin the mattress fabric.
Step 1: Partially fill the mattress
This allows the user to submerge the mattress which is difficult when it is filled as well as seeing bubbles when the mattress is submerged.
Step 2: Submerge the valve stem ensuring the valve is closed
Apply pressure around the valve stem and try to see if any bubbles form.
Step 3: Submerge the fabric
Submerge the rest of the mattress in small sections so as to find leaks easily. Pay closer to the seams as they are common tear areas.
Step 4: Mark leaks
Once the leak is identified mark it with a marker, partially dry it to make it easier to mark.
Step 5: Dry mattress
The mattress can be placed in the sun and wind to ensure it dries before patching.
Garden Hose Method
For this method, it is preferable to use an outside table or deck. It is best to avoid wooden surfaces or cover them.
Step 1: Flood area around the valve with water
Pour a lot of area on the target area and try to look for bubbles when the water is running.
Step 2: Flood the rest of the surface of the mattress
It is advisable to use small streams and look for bubbles on the streams escaping from a leak in the mattress.
Step 3: Mark the leaks
Once the leak is identified, mark the leak.
Step 4: Dry the mattress
The mattress can be placed in the sun and wind to ensure it dries before the patch.