With all the fun and excitement that comes with playing on a bounce house there is a downside as well. Eventually bounce house repairs will need to be made. Most bounce houses hold up well to all the activity considering what kind of activity it is.
The fact is all bounce houses over time will show different signs of wear and tear. Most damage done to bounce houses can easily be repaired. Over time in some way they all will show signs of damage in some way.
There is usually no need to throw it away or retire it for the summer. Most repairs can be simple if done by the right person.
There are many common repairs that are seen in inflatables. Some are just common simple repairs then there are some that require professional attention.
Damage can come from many different reasons. Over use, misuse, neglect, not keeping them clean and out of the weather is the main causes.
Here is a list of most common repairs needed:
Blown Baffles: This is a common problem with bounce houses. Usually not from misuse or neglect but from material tearing or loose stitching. Diagnosing a blown baffle is pretty simple. There will be a hump in the bounce house where the baffle has given way.
The main areas for this are the mattress and floor of the bounce house. It is also common at times to find repairs needed to slides or to slip and slides.
If baffles are used in other areas to give shape or where air is directed, repairs have been needed as well.
Repairing the baffle
The first thing is to locate the best option for an entry point close to the baffle. Often part of the bounce has to be completely disassembled to gain entrance to the torn area.
The existing stitching has to be removed one stitch at a time, this can be very time consuming.
Depending on if the material has been torn, a sturdy patch will need to be sewn in to give the bounce structural strength.
The jumper along with the baffle then will be sewn back together. Assembly will begin stitching the material taken apart back together.
Seam tears are a common repair made to bounce houses. Most are caused by stitching or material coming loose.
It’s common to find tears in the mattress itself or the seams will tear. After a lot of traffic, the side walls give and will begin to come loose.
The bounce that have slides will see seam tears.
It is most common to find torn seams in the mattress or slide area of the moonwalk, however, any seam can give out. In almost every case, a torn seam will be in an area of the inflatable moonwalk that heavy traffic has been.
Once a seam tear has become apparent, it is no longer safe and should be shut down immediately.
Once the tear has been located the next thing is to gain entrance as close to the seam as possible. Again, this can be time consuming due to having to undo every stitch, one at a time.
The bounce house will be sewn back together and full assembly will then proceed.
Window tears are another common repair needed in bounce houses. Although there is no exact cause for tears in the windows other than just simple wear from age and usage.
This is also a popular area kids like to grab to hold on to while jumping.
A window tear is easy to see when the bounce house is fully inflated. You will be able to see where the material has come apart from the tear.
Torn windows are unsafe and can give a company headache more than any other damage.
Children can stick their hands, arms and head through the holes leaving themselves open to harm.
This is a larger concern if the tear is on the bottom giving the child room to slide or fall out.
The inflatable should immediately be turned off if window tear is found.
To repair a torn window will require replacing the entire window.
The unit will have to be taken apart, seam by seam and a new window sewn in replacing the damaged one.
Velcro and zippers
Replacing the Velcro or a zipper in a bounce house is no easy task. Both are sewn into the material by the original manufacture. To replace these, it’s going to require removing them, carefully, stitch by stitch.
They each have a line of stitching that runs down each side that has to be removed one thread at a time.
Velcro has thousands of tiny loops on each side that have to removed, one by one.
When replacing Velcro there will be tiny holes left in the vinyl. These have to cover the new Velcro so that air doesn't seep out.
Once the torn Velcro and zipper are removed, two lines of vinyl glue are placed along the existing original stitch.
New Velcro and zipper are then placed over the exact position of the original manufactures. Once the glue has dried, the stitching begins. Stitching is done up and down both sides, securing the zipper in place.
Torn vinyl repair
Most inflatables come with a repair kit made from the same material. The majority of tears can be repaired from these.
Fixing a large tear requires entering the bounce house by taking it apart as close to the area as possible.
Removing the seams, one seam at a time again is time consuming.
The area with the damage usually requires a cleaner cut before repair. A square area is cut just large enough that that vinyl patch will cover completely.
Vinyl glue is placed around the entire area. The vinyl patch is placed immediately onto the area. Pressure is then applied onto the area to reassure sealing.
Repairing a bounce house can be time consuming and expensive. For small jobs it’s ok to do yourself, but for the majority of repairs, its best to let the professionals handle the task.
One repair can easily run into another repair if a person is unfamiliar with what they are doing. Look for your nearest dealer for recommendations.