Bounce houses can be a fantastic source of summer entertainment, but sadly, all good things must eventually end, at least for the day. When you and your friends are finished bouncing, or nightfall hits (whichever comes first), you will need to deflate your bounce house in order to properly preserve the material, in addition to protecting it from possible theft and vandalism. However, while the deflation process will generally remain the same for each attempt, the bounce house may accidentally experience trouble during the shut down. As a bounce house owner, you should make sure that you know the difference between a proper deflation and a deflation that has gone wrong.
Deflating your bounce house at the end of the day is a relatively simple procedure. If you have been able to discover how to set up an inflatable device, taking the bouncer down should be just as easy to learn. Make sure that all people have safely exited your jump house before beginning. Clean out the bounce house, then turn off and unplug the blower from the wall outlet. The air that had been circulating inside of the walls of the structure will slowly begin to escape the bounce house through a series of microscopic holes located in similar locations on all four walls. When the blower was activated and the moonwalk was inflated, air regularly exited the bouncer through these holes to prevent over-inflation. With no incoming air from the blower, the air will simply leak out through these holes, causing the walls to slowly and steadily come down. Once the air has almost completely vacated the bounce house, detach the tie-down loops holding the bounce house in place (either indoors or outdoors). Similarly, remove the bounce house’s air tube from the blower. Roll up the now-empty vinyl material and store the bouncer in its over-sized storage bag for use on another day.
The only positive aspect of an improper deflation is that such an occurrence will be very easy to spot and notice. There are several red flags that you can detect during the deflation process. Always remember to not remove the air tube from the blower before deflation is complete. This will prevent anything from entering the bounce house during the deflation process, as well as keeping the deflation calm, smooth, and non-drastic.
At no point should you hear air gushing out of the inflatable device’s walls. During deflation, air should slowly and steadily be exiting the bounce house through the tiny holes, and should be doing so silently, or in near-silence. If you hear air rushing out of the bounce house, or see the walls collapse faster than they usually do, then your bounce house might have a major tear in the fabric that you might not have noticed. Such a major tear could be located underneath the structure, or in the foundation of the bounce house. A rip like that might not immediately start to deflate the rest of the structure, as it would be held in place against the ground or a tarp underneath the bounce house. However, once the deflation process starts, there will be no air pressure keeping the tear pressed against the ground; as a result, the air will begin to shoot out at a staggering rate. Find the hole and patch it at the earliest possible opportunity. It will help to prevent further deflation problems from ever occurring again.