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Troubleshooting Your Bounce House

Using a bounce house can lead to lots of fun and enjoyment for children and adults alike. However, there is the chance that your bounce house could after extended use, usually by way of an unexpected rip or tear in the bounce house’s fabric. Hope is not lost, however! There are ways to repair your bounce house and prevent similar damage from occurring again.

Before you begin the repair process, first identify on the bounce house where the tear or puncture has occurred. Make sure to fully inspect the entire structure to make sure there is only one hole: it could prove very frustrating to fix a hole in the bounce house framework only to find it would still not inflate. Once all tears have been discovered, then it is safe to proceed with further steps.

In order to fix the hole in your bounce house, you’re going to have to patch it in some way. There are two ways to accomplish this. The first is to find and purchase a Tear-Aid repair patch, found at multiple websites and select stores (such an example is here: http://www.kiddietoys.com/tearaid-patch-kit-p-7184.html). The Tear-Aid patch is more or less a giant Band-Aid. You simply peel the Tear-Aid patch off of its packaging paper and smoothly apply it over the tear in the bounce house wall or floor. After allowing a brief period of rest to allow the patch to adhere to the material, re-inflate the house. The bounce house should now inflate perfectly!

The alternative to purchasing the Tear-Aid patch kit is to physically sew a patch onto your defective bounce house. You will require stitching equipment, namely a needle and strong thread. In addition, you will also require some kind of patching material anyway, large enough to cover the tear in the bounce house. Begin by pumping air into your bounce house, even though it will not fully inflate: this is to make sure your sewing job will not leave any unnecessary space for air to escape once the job is completed. Once air has been pumped into the house, place the patch over the rip in the bounce house and sew the patch in place. Once completed, the bounce house should inflate as normal. It should be noted that this should not considered a viable repair option if the bounce house material is smooth and thin, as the strong thread and needle required for the job will cause the tear to grow even larger.

Written By:
Richard Allen
Kiddie Toys
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