The Easiest Way to Drain a Waterbed

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Draining your waterbed can get messy and expensive, but there are easy and affordable ways to help deflate your bed. You only need a few materials, one of which you may already have. Some water may leak, but if executed correctly, it will be nothing that a towel or two can't quickly clean up.

Things You'll Need

  • Waterbed drain and fill kit
  • Garden Hose
  • Buy a waterbed drain and fill kit. You can find these at waterbed stores or wherever you bought your mattress from.

  • Turn off the waterbed heater if you have one. Disconnect it if possible so that no water gets on it. Disconnect or turn off any other accessories that may be attached.

  • Connect the garden hose to your bathroom faucet. Make sure there are no holes in it and run the hose to make sure there is no debris and as little water as possible in it.

  • Attach the free end of the hose to the drain kit, then attach the kit to the valve on the mattress. Make sure it is securely fastened.

  • Run the hose until it is full of water. Then carefully detach the hose from the faucet and place your thumb over the hold so that no air escapes. This creates a suction effect on the hose and will pull the water out of the bed.

  • Walk over to a window and let the end of the hose that you are holding go. Gravity will take control and your bed will drain on its own.

Tips & Warnings

  • If possible, put the hose out a window where there is a garden beneath so you can water your plant. However, make sure that you do not over-water them. If there is enough slack on your hose you make be able to walk around the outside with it, but be very careful not to pull it out of the mattress.

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