Our fancy (with baffles and foam) waterbed "mattress" has started leaking.
I located the leak. It's at the place where some extra plastic is "welded"
onto the corner. You can see a crack in the patch and it seems that the
"patch" (it was built with the "patches" on each corner is slightly more
ridged and caused a pinhole leak in the softer plastic.
What to do? What to do?
(BTW: The mattress is at least 9 years old and could be as much as 10 years
old (we upgraded our original WB but don't remember exactly when.)
I would like to attempt to repair it. If other leaks start, I will assume
that it's gotten old and "needs new."
You can try a patch-less vinyl repair product (available at most swimming
It's just a thick glue that cures over small cracks, on seams and in corners
like this where a patch won't work.
I can't remember if there is one that works under water or not so you may
have to drain the mattress.
Ask at the pool store - they're usually experts at patching vinyl.
I remember when one of the waterbed stores had a sharp pencil
they would invite one of the kids to put a hole in the bed, then
patch it. Hundreds of little patch-places on that bed, during the
early days of waterbeds when the big cloud over them was
"springing a leak" (Didn't mention that the seam was a problem area).
Anyway, that demonstration sold a lot of waterbeds. And certainly
no need to empty, that long ago.
In all given the age I would replace the mattress! It more then likely seen
better days! Seem repairs can be hell as they are, I had the same problem
once years ago, I tried the patch glue stuff and the seem tore further and
further with use. I also decided on swapping out the liner during the change
as the liner gets brittle and cracks, more so around the heater area,
Electric and and water are two things not to play with on a waterbed!! With
the price of a new mattress, you may find that buying the mattress only will
be surprisingly cheap! I believe I only paid $40 for the non baffled king
size mattress I had, and that price included the new liner as well!
There is some stuff called Aqua Seal that I bought at a scuba shop that I've had
excellent luck with. You can use it as is, or mix it with Cotol-240 (available
from the same places) that works as a catylist and accellerant. In either case,
the stuff goes on like model airplane cement and forms its own seal. You don't
need to add a patch over it though I suppose you could.
The best thing as far as I was concerned is that it allowed me to repair a hole
in my full motion waterbed mattress without emptying any water out. I mixed the
stuff with Cotol, slathered it on, and waited until that night before I lay down
on the mattress again. So far, the repair has lasted about 10 years.
I figure one of these days my mattress is due to explode when I dump my big ass
on it, but I bet it won't be where I fixed it. Wonderful stuff.
A quick google brought me to:
http://www.wetsand.com/store/product.asp?ProdId 9&CatId%3 for Aqua Seal.
Cotol can be found at: http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/product.asp?pfid "93
John Gilmer ( email@example.com) said...
We just had a seam-located leak in a waterbed mattress that was getting
close to 9 or 10 years old. Over the years, we've had the odd pin-prick
type of leak that was very easy to fix, but being on a seam, coupled with
the age of the mattress, it was just not repairable.
Lucky for us, this happened a week before we were to move out of a
basement apartment we were staying in while we built out new home back
We weren't in a position to set up our new bedroom until the second
week of February, so we only went shopping for a new mattress then.
The mattress (king size, semi-motionless with 12 baffles) cost about
It is getting rather hard to find places that sell waterbeds! Though,
I heard a story in the news a few months ago that bedbugs are making a
comeback in North America, so we just might see people moving back to
"Never ascribe to malice what can equally be explained by incompetence."
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That's a little less than the ones we priced (at one store) and our prices
Well, the first matress store we check DIDN'T sell waterbeds but they
pointed us to another a very short distance away. I think the "Waterbed
ONLY" operations are gone but many "regular" bedding stores have taken up
In the 9 years or so we had the bed we didn't have any pinhole leaks at all.
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