how to move a waterbed

How To Move A Waterbed

If you have a waterbed that is being moved, it will need to be drained prior to moving day. A waterbed filled with water can weigh at least 600lbs, sometimes more. Attempting to move it, without it being drained, could be harmful to both the bed and the persons moving it.

You will want to drain the waterbed at least 24 hours prior to moving day. Most moving companies will not be responsible for the draining of waterbeds.

Preparing Your Waterbed For A Move

The size and type of mattress will determine the best method of draining.

Prior to draining, unplug the mattress heater and ensure it has fully cooled. The mattress could melt if it’s still hot. Make sure all electrical connections to the bed are disconnected before the draining process begins.

There are three commonly used ways to drain a water mattress, which are safe. You will need a garden hose, which shouldn’t be longer than necessary, as it can slow the draining procedure.

  • Drain pump
  • Electric pump
  • Siphon method

For baffled mattresses - a waterbed mattress that is designed to reduce motion, it is best to use an electric pump or a drain pump, depending on the mattress type. A baffled mattress will need extra care when draining. Damage can occur if the baffles shift. The electric pump will take approximately one hour to drain. The drain pump method will take about three hours.

For a tube-type mattress, the siphon method is best and will take about one hour to drain the waterbed.

When draining the mattress, you may find it is easier to have it elevated in order to remove the water. If there is any water remaining inside the mattress, remove it by using a Wet-Vac. Once the draining is complete and the hose removed, it is important to replace the plug and cap quickly to preserve the vacuum.

If there is a possibility that the mattress will be in storage, it is advised to apply a waterbed conditioner to prevent the growth of bacteria and to keep the vinyl clean and odorless.

Packing The Mattress

When preparing the mattress to be boxed, a baffled mattress will need extra care; the mattress can become damaged if the baffles shift. Rolling it like a rug prevents the baffles from moving. Two boxes can then be placed at either ends of the mattress and taped together.

A tube-type mattress can be folded. Place it wrapped or tied into a box where it cannot get punctures.

Make sure to keep all hardware, nuts, bolts, and screws in a safe place. It is recommended that they be taped to the back of the bed frame.

The heating pad must also be prepped for the move by rolling it up and putting it in a separate box.

Filling The Mattress

Once the bed is in the new location, it’s time to fill it up, which is pretty easy. Before you attach the hose, let the water run through it for some minutes, allowing for any bacteria or dirt to be washed out before filing up the bed. Adding waterbed conditioner once water is almost full is recommended. The heater should be turned on only once the waterbed is completely filled and may take several days to warm.

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