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22Jun/110

Protecting Your Bounce House During Torrential Rainstorms

Recently, rain and thunderstorms have been turning up more and more often in the weather forecast lately. These natural elements, while vital, can seriously derail any plans you might have had for a fun day for you and your friends in your bounce house. The stronger the storm, the more likely that harm may accidentally come to your inflatable device while outside. However, protecting your bounce house from such occurrences is as simple as setting up the bouncer in the first place: anyone can do it, and all owners of a bouncer should be aware of them.

Clearly, the basic first steps during these incidents are to evacuate everyone from the bounce house as soon as the rainfall begins to seriously pick up. A slight drizzle of rain will not have a serious effect on the bounce house, depending on the quantities of water. However, once the rainfall begins to pick up in both quantity and frequency, thunder can be heard, or lightning can be seen, then it is definitely time to evacuate. Once all users have left the bouncing area and are safely indoors, shut off the blower. Once the bounce house has been fully deflated, the normal procedure is to leave the flattened bounce house out in the rain. However, depending on the severity of the storm, in addition to the presence of lightning, the bounce house may be at risk if left alone in the rain.

A good way to protect your bounce house from a steady downpour from above is to shield the deflated device with a tarp. Placing a tarp completely over the deflated bounce house during a storm can provide an additional layer of protection to your inflatable device. The tarp will absorb a good deal of the water damage, protecting the bounce house underneath from a serious threat of mildew and mold, in addition to potentially weakening the walls of the bounce house. It doesn’t matter if the jump house is made from polyvinyl chloride or woven oxford cloth; both are susceptible to heavy rainfall. Secure your tarp to the ground with additional stakes or by piling multiple weighted objects (such as sandbags or rocks) onto each corner. When the storm has lifted remove the tarp. Your bounce house will not be totally dry underneath, but will have avoided a good deal of potential damage. In addition to shielding the bounce house, it would also be wise to secure another tarp over the outlet plug

Heavy downpours can just as easily bring strong gusts of wind to your area, in addition to the many inches of rain water. All that wind can not only inadvertently attempt to blow the bounce house’s stakes out of the ground, toppling the device, but can also cause damage to the nature in your yard. Tree branches and yard equipment can be knocked down from heavy rainfall and blown about the yard. If these come into contact with the bounce house on the ground, it could potentially cause a tear in the fabric. Stay on watch during the storm; if anything is knocked down outside, have you and some able-bodied friends run out and clear the debris from the bouncing area. Remember to not set up a bounce house directly underneath trees or power lines to avoid any immediate catastrophe.

If you remain unsure about the weather, make sure that you plan out any parties and events that involve your bounce house ahead of time. It would be risky to attempt a set-up for your bounce house and make plans for a party if the forecast predicts a good chance of rain for the upcoming days. If you have made plans with a rental company to rent a bounce house for a specific date or weekend, and rain suddenly turns up in the forecast, then get back in contact with them as soon as you can. Reschedule the dates if the storm appears definite. Always keep in mind that a worthy alternative to bouncing outdoors is bouncing indoors, with a solid roof over your head. In order to secure your bounce house on solid ground, as opposed to the grass in a field, you will need sandbags, sold separately, to hold it in place. Always remember that after the storm has lifted, your bounce house will need immediate care if it has been left outside. Have you and some friends wipe down your bounce house with towels after the rain has lifted. This will prevent the formation of mildew on the vinyl surface, and will prolong the life of the bouncer.

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