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There are wide range of methods to drain a waterbed fast and efficiently. Some drain methods are faster than others. Cheap or low quality drain kits are notorious for leaving people with a mattress that is not fully drained. As an installer of waterbeds for our 32-year-old family business I can assure you that beds that aren’t empty can be extremely heavy which leaves you in a predicament where the mattress is far too heavy to handle. In the worst cases people have punctured and even destroyed their old water bladder. Another issue we run into is shifting and bunching of fiber on baffled inserts. These kinds of issues affect comfort, support, and unfortunately make the waterbed never feel the same again. So, what can you do to prevent ruining your water mattress?
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There is no better tool than an electric powered drain pump. While it is true that they can be purchased in hardware and big box stores they usually do not have all the necessary parts and pieces to get the water completely out of the bladder. Below we have listed a few popular brands of Electric Power Water Transfer Removal Pumps. Each can move approximately 5.7 GPM (Gallons per minute) using a (3/4”) hose. That equates to a movement of 330 GPH (Gallons Per Hour). Check your brand for specifics. The biggest waterbed is a California King which holds 200-220 gallons of water. It’s really easy to see why extracting the water with a pump is so much quicker and efficient. Popular brand names of pumps include Wayne PC2, Costway, Ironton, Trupow, Countyline, Star Water Systems, UtiliTech, and Grainger. Unfortunately, the pump by itself will not drain a free flow or fiber filled mattress to a point where it is lightweight and completely empty. You need other items to get the job done right.
These items combined can cost $230.00 bought separately. (Prices were averaged across the Internet for sampling)
A complete kit made specifically for filling, maintaining, and draining your bed is available to save the day. It is referred to as the Drain Hero made specifically as a hassle-free method of beginning to end care for any kind of waterbed including hardsides and softsides.
The quickest way to empty a waterbed is with an electric pump. The job of a King size hardside water beds when filled to the correct level usually takes about 50 minutes and queens run in the 40 to 45-minute range. King softsides take about 30 minutes and queen softsides 20 to 25 minutes. Times can vary slightly based on the pump and the number of gallons it can pump in a minute along with things like hose diameter