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11Jul/110

The Many Types Of Inclement And Torrential Weather

While having a bounce house can be a tremendous way to entertain yourself and your friends, it is not without potential risks. Inclement weather, also referred to as torrential weather by those in the business, has always been a threat to inflatable devices across the country. No matter where you live, there will always be at least one day of the year when a storm strikes, making the set-up of a bounce house out of the question. While there are several ways your inflatable bouncer may become susceptible to weather damage and risk, there are also ways for you to counter and prepare for each possible worst case scenario.

One of the most common weather-related problems you will encounter when trying to set up any inflatable device is rainfall. Rain can often strike without warning, and while a large and long thunderstorm is certainly dangerous, even a drizzle can potentially put a bounce house at risk.  If you leave your bounce house fully inflated out in the rain, it can potentially weaken the quality of the inflatable’s fabric. In addition, leaving your bounce house soaking wet at any point can cause the formation of mold and mildew on your bounce house’s surface, which can be very difficult to clean and can also lead to structural decay. Use weather forecasts to your advantage when setting up your inflatable devices. If there is a significant chance of rain that will strike your area in the coming hours, set up should be avoided and postponed. A “significant chance” can refer to anything higher than a 25% chance of rain.

If there’s rain in the forecast, there’s a good chance that wind will accompany the storms. While wind may not initially seem like a major threat to you and your set-up, all it takes is one good gust to completely dismantle your day. Any time the wind around your house is blowing faster than 15 miles per hour, the stakes and string that hold your bounce house in place have a legitimate chance of being blown out of the ground. Especially strong gusts of wind can even have the power to pick the bounce house up off the ground while inflated! If significant amounts of wind start to blow through your area, either accompanying a thunderstorm or as its own windstorm, tree branches and other outdoor appliances can be knocked down and carried across the yard by windstorms, potentially colliding with and puncturing your bounce house. Setting up your bounce house indoors is a widely recognized way to avoid damage from both the wind and the rain, providing that you have an appropriate amount of space. You can avoid immediate contact with natural debris by not setting up your bounce house directly beneath a tree, or beneath power lines.

The prime time for using your bounce house over the course of a year is during the spring and summer months, with some possible time in early autumn. Because of this, snow should rarely be a problem you will encounter if you’re ever planning to set up your inflatable device. However, freak snow storms have been known to occur in parts of autumn and spring, depending on your location. If snow were to somehow strike your area while the bounce house, avoid any thoughts of setting up your bounce house until it all melts away. Since snow and ice are made of frozen water, they will eventually have the same decaying and mildew effects as rainwater. No matter what sort of torrential weather hits your area, a legitimate problem may appear if you have rented your bounce house, as well as any additional equipment, and poor weather is more than likely to strike your part of town the day. Remember to keep in contact with your bounce house supplier to reschedule and avoid further complications.

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