How to Find a Leak in an Air Mattress

Many people have difficulty locating a leak in an air mattress. Leaks don’t have to be very big to cause your air mattress to slowly deflate during the night. Air mattresses are durable, but to a point. Very literally a point, because they can take a lot of weight, but a sharp point is often their undoing.

Before you set up your air mattress, vacuum the area where it will be set-up. This will hopefully get rid of any unseen needles or staples or other sharp objects. Although you love your pet dearly, don’t let them on the air mattress. Their claws can puncture an air mattress as they walk across it, even if it has sheets on it already. The likelihood goes down, but you don’t want to mess with fate. If you think your lovely cat is excluded, then you’re wrong. Just because they have retractable claws doesn’t mean they won’t un-retract them and cause some damage to the air bed.

  1. Get in an open area that allows you to move around. This helps to maneuver the air mattress much easier.
  2. Then pump up that air mattress as full as it will get, and then go a little longer than you think the air mattress might need (only about 30 seconds though.)
  3. Take this time now to visually inspect your air mattress. Start on the bottom of the air mattress, since that’s more likely where the hole is. Keep in mind, even if the hole is very small, it’s still possible to see it. It’s just more difficult.
  4. If you’re still having trouble, moisten your hand or lick your lips, and move your hand or lips a few inches away from the air mattress. The moisture helps your skin to be sensitive, and increases the likelihood you’ll feel the air flow.
  5. Once you’ve found the leak, make sure you mark it with a sharpie or a post-it note. Don’t use a pen that could give your air mattress another puncture.

There are many tips out there about how to find leaks in an air mattress. One example is the soapy water method. This is a messy way to try and find a leak and works only on larger holes. Since bigger leaks are easier to find anyway, it’s best to avoid such a method.

Also, never follow any method that requires you to fill your air mattress with water. This will just damage your air mattress, and the moisture will cause mold to grow inside.

Watch this video for additional instructions.

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