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Water Beds Can Cost You Money And Frustration If You Are Not Careful

Mar 2, 2008
You may think that water beds were thought up in the 1960's, and even though they were loved by the younger set of that time period, the date they were made is not exactly right. The water bed was first thought of in 1871.

They were even mentioned in an article by Mark Twain. Later in 1883, a Doctor named William Hooper tried to market the water bed, but his attempt failed because he did not develop a way to warm the bed or restrain the water. He had first meant it to help dissuade bed sores on invalid patients.

The marketing of the modern water bed did happen in 1968 by a man named Charles Hall. He went to the San Francisco State University where he was a design pupil. Hall did not get a patent because in earlier years a water bed resembling his was mentioned in fiction stories by a writer, Robert a. Heinlein, but Heinlein never really developed his version of the water bed.

What could be the association with water damage you ask? If you may have ever possessed one and it got a puncture, you know why already. With the first versions, just a little pin prick might seep out for days before you discovered it.

Depending on where the puncture is placed, it may eventually seep onto the floor. Today everybody will have a liner in place, but even a liner is vulnerable to punctures since they are always made of plastic material as well. If an object with a sharp point or edge gets positioned between the frame and mattress or liner and mattress, little holes or larger slits will happen.

If this happens when you are getting ready for work, by the time you come back home, it can have made a big mess in the liner, if you are away several days, it will possibly soak a big part of your bed room floor. In one situation I know of, because it happened to me, my water bed had a puncture, I did not know it of course, when I left for vacation.

I turned the air conditioning off when I departed and the home was very hot. After I got back the water bed had wet one quarter of the bedroom's hard wood floor. It had dried because of the heat and it had swelled up a 1/4 foot high. It can and does happen.

Fortunately, the new styles of water bed mattresses are normally have separate compartments and are constructed with hardier materials, but if you may be using one of the older water beds, beware of the danger of water damage.
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Jim Corkern is a writer and promoter of
Toronto Water Damage Restoration and
Boston water Damage Restoration Which are Certified IICRC Water damage and mold remediation contractors.
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