Air Mattress Losing Air But No Hole

Air Mattress Losing Air But No Hole
Air Mattress Losing Air But No Hole

Whether you want to use them for your house or for camping and road trips, an air mattress can be pretty convenient. They are much cheaper than regular foam mattresses and are far easier to use.

However, one downside to this type of mattress is that they tend to lose air pretty quickly, resulting in losing their shape and size to some extent. This happens for quite a number of reasons.

These mattresses generally lose air because of holes. Is your air mattress losing air but no hole is there to be seen? Well, don’t fret over it, as it is a rather common scenario, and a lot of factors play a role in such an incident.

Now Know The Reason of  Air Mattress Losing Air But No Hole!

If you want to learn all about why mattresses lose air and how to solve these issues, you are in the right place. Read this article till the end to know the reason behind the air loss without holes.

Why Do Air Mattresses Lose Air?

Typically, air mattresses or pretty much anything that is inflatable is prone to losing air for some reason or another. You can’t expect it to retain all the air inside it forever. As a matter of fact, even if they don’t have holes, air mattresses will lose their air if they are kept inflated for too long.

Because let’s face it, no air mattress or airbag comes fully air-tight, right? That just seems like something unrealistic (got the pun?). So, what is the most common reason an air mattress loses air?

  • Holes

Now isn’t that an obvious one? When we think about literally anything inflatable losing air, we assume that it has holes. That assumption isn’t really wrong. Most of the time, it is a hole that is causing the air mattress to deflate much sooner than it should.

Usually, if the holes are very small, they can be fixed. However, most of the time, this repairment is not long-lasting, and air continues to leak from the patch you just put over the hole. Kind of pointless now that we think about it. Moving on!

  • But There Are No Holes!

Now, this is where you start to lose your mind. Your air mattress doesn’t have holes, then how is it losing air? Well, there are actually quite a few reasons for that. Let’s take a look at some reasons your air mattress is losing air but no holes can be seen.

  • Tiny Punctures

Notice how we said, ‘no holes can be seen.’ Sometimes our eyes can deceive us (sounds like a corny line, Optimus Prime would say). Your air mattress might actually have microscopic (obviously an exaggeration) holes that can hardly be seen with the naked eye.

Jokes apart, sometimes such holes can be so small, you can barely identify where the hole is and how to fix it. While we mentioned above that fixing these holes is always a temporary solution, you can actually find the hole using a method we will discuss in a bit. Read till the end to find out about this process.

  • Seam Stitches

As we said, no air mattress comes fully air tight, so there will always be a chance of losing air from it. There are some very tiny holes between the seam stitches that are not big enough to let out enough air within the first 48-72 hours.

These little holes let out air that becomes slightly noticeable after keeping the mattress inflated for over a week or so. While there are no fixes for this solution, we do have a recommendation about how to prevent this in a later section.

Temperature of  The Atmosphere In Your Room

Now, we are talking about the reasons that don’t involve holes and punctures. You might want to get your lab coat and goggles ready because we are about to give you a science lesson right now!

When the temperature of the room or the atmosphere is rather nice and warm, you will notice that the mattress is fully inflated and retains its air properly for pretty long.

Let’s say you inflate your air mattress during the day while it’s still pretty warm and then leave it for the day. You come back during the afternoon or evening when it’s comparatively cooler and find that the mattress has shrunk a bit.

Why does this happen? Well, as the air becomes colder, the air inside the mattress condenses, which kind of pulls the mattress inside, making it appear as if it has shrunken in size. It isn’t necessarily deflated; it just has more condensed air inside it.

Body Weight Can Affect It As Well

You ever sit on an inflated balloon, and it blows up? Yeah, it’s pretty fun, but that’s not the point. The point is when you put pressure into an inflated object, it blows up, i.e., loses its air.

An air mattress is pretty much a tougher version of a balloon in the shape of a bed. As the materials used in producing the air mattress are tougher, it doesn’t blow up from your bodyweight’s pressure. However, it does try to let out some air due to this pressure.

So, where does this air come out from? Does the mattress have holes? Probably, or maybe not. It’s probably just coming out of the seams as it seems (sorry, we couldn’t help it).

The air loss due to the bodyweight pressure is rather slow, but it does occur. Unfortunately, we can’t advise you not to put any pressure on the air bed at all because the literal purpose of it is to let you lie on it and sleep.

However, we do have some tips to prevent putting excessive amounts of pressure on it. Yup, you guessed it right. Read till the end to find out what we have for you.

How To Find The Leak?

Alright, alright! We’ll stop making you so curious and finally cut to the chase. So, you really think your mattress has a leak? Well, whether or not you are sure about it will be determined by using a very simple trick.

Immersing In Water

  • Take your air mattress and place it under a lot of water. Use a giant tub or even a swimming pool if you have access to one.
  • You need the mattress to be pre-inflated before you do this.
  • After immersing the inflated mattress in water, you have to press it from any side you prefer.
  • Make sure the opening valve is sealed properly, so the only air that comes out of the mattress is from the hole that you are trying to find.
  • If there are any holes in the mattress, the pressing will cause it to come out of it, creating bubbles in the water.
  • Identify where you see these bubbles are coming out of.

There you go! You should have been able to find the hole by now. If you haven’t, that means that there are no holes in the mattress, to begin with, and it’s probably losing air because of the other reasons that we mentioned.

How To Prevent The Loss of Air From A Mattress?

There are certain steps that you can take in order to prevent the loss of air from your mattress. Following these steps won’t only prevent air loss but also keep your mattress in better condition for several years to come and increase the overall longevity.

  • No Over-inflating

We cannot stress this one enough! A lot of people tend to inflate their mattresses so much that the material expands; as a result, the chances of losing air increase. Moreover, over-inflating also increases the risks of blowing it up entirely.

And even if you don’t blow it up, you might cause it to tear from some parts where the air might come out from. So, we highly suggest that you DO NOT over-inflate the air mattress.

  • Deflate after Using

A lot of people have a bad habit of keeping an air mattress inflated for the rest of their lives. That is not how you use an air mattress. You’re supposed to dispose of the air inside after using the mattress and put it away in a closet or something.

Keeping an air mattress inflated not only allows for expansion of the materials but also lets the airflow out of the seam stitches and opening valve if it’s loose. So, our suggestion would be that you make sure to deflate your air mattress after using it.

This will actually increase the longevity of the mattress and let you sleep on it for several years, even decades.

  • Lie on It, Don’t Sit

This one is a bit obvious, isn’t it? You are supposed to use a mattress to lie down and sleep on. While it may seem that lying on top of something puts more weight on it than compared to sitting, it is quite the opposite.

When you sit on top of an object, the pressure put on it is much more compared to when you lie on it. This is because of surface tension. If you want to learn more about surface tension, pay more attention to physics class, dummy!

The bottom line is, don’t sit on the mattress, or at least try not to. Inflate the mattress, sleep on it, deflate it, and put it away.

  • Use It after 48 Hours of Inflation

This one is a good tip to follow if you want to use your air mattress properly. A general rule of thumb is to use the mattress after keeping it inflated for up to 48 hours. This will allow it to be adjusted to a comfortable condition and let you have a better night’s sleep.

So, the next time you plan on going camping with the homies, make sure you inflate your air bed 2 days prior.

Final Words

Is your air mattress losing air but no hole can still be identified? Then, it’s definitely due to the reasons we explained above. We hope we were able to answer your question and you are satisfied with our explanation.

Remember to use the air mattress with care and try not to damage it. Follow the tips we shared to increase its longevity. That’s it for this article, see you in the next one!

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