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The Problem With Water Beds

Mar 4, 2008
You may have thought that water beds were thought up in the 1960's, and even though they were loved by the young people of that era, when they were invented is not really correct. The water bed was first made reference to in 1871.

They were used for the disabled. They were even spoken of in a written piece by Mark Twain. Later in 1883, a Doctor called William Hooper attempted to try to sell the water bed, but was not successful because he could not think of a way to heat the bed or contain the water. He had initially wanted it to help ease bed sores for bed bound people.

The first sales of the modern water bed did begin in 1968 by a fellow named Charles Hall. He went to the San Francisco State University where he was a design pupil. Hall could not obtain a patent because in preceding years, a water bed like his was spoke of in fiction stories by a writer, Robert a. Heinlein, but Heinlein never actually created his idea of a water bed.

What can be the connection to water damage you ask? If you have ever had one and it sprang a leak you probably know why. In the beginning styles, even a small pin puncture could drip for days before you noticed it.

Depending on where the puncture is at, it may slowly drip onto the floor. Now everybody knows to use a liner under the mattress, but even a liner is not fool proof since they are made of vinyl material too. If anything with a sharp point or edge gets positioned between the frame and mattress or liner and mattress, little punctures or slits could take place.

If this happens and you are unaware and leave home, when you come back, it will have made a big puddle in the liner, if you are gone several days, it could soak your bed room floor. In one situation I know of, because I saw it.

My water bed was leaking and I did not know it of course. When I left for vacation, I turned the air conditioning off and the home got pretty hot. When I returned, the water bed had wet one quarter of the room's hard wood floor. It had dried from the heat and it had swelled up a 1/4 foot high. It was awful.

Luckily, the new styles water bed mattresses are usually made with chambers and from hardier materials, but if you still use one of the old water beds, be warned of their potential for water damage.
About the Author
Dror Klar is a writer and promoter of quality Miami water damage restoration and Atlanta water damage restoration companies.
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