Frequently Asked Questions
Lets get the most commonly asked questions about waterbeds out of the way!
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT LEAKS?
Waterbed mattresses are extremely tough, and are most unlikely to puncture in almost any circumstances, unless attacked directly with a very sharp, or very pointed instrument. If this did happen, however, the water would be contained within the bed by a separate outer waterproof layer that is part of the bed, preventing any leakage onto the floor.
DO I NEED MY BEDROOM FLOOR REINFORCED TO TAKE THE WEIGHT?
No! Waterbeds have a specially designed base that spreads the weight of the bed evenly across the floor. In any case, a waterbed weighs no more than about 6 people. We have installed more than three thousand waterbeds in all types of homes, and have never had any problem with weight.
WILL A WATERBED MAKE ME SEASICK?
The motion of a waterbed is very relaxing and after a little time getting used to a new feeling, virtually everyone enjoys it. The motion is less than most people expect, and we've never known anyone be seasick. (We only use tap water, not salt water!). Waterbed mattresses are available with no movement whatsoever if required.
DO I NEED AN ELECTRIC BLANKET?
All out waterbeds are temperature controlled, so in winter, you can keep them warm, but in summer, on the few hot nights we get in the U.K., the controller can be turned down to give you a cool bed. Wonderful!
WILL IT BE GOOD FOR MY BACK?
Absolutely - eight hours of therapy every night
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RUN?
Not a lot! The heater is very low voltage, (and waterproof!), and costs about £15 annually, given use at average temperatures, and a bottle of water conditioner, which keeps the water in the bed fresh, and is added once a year, and costs about £10 per bottle. Total yearly costs are about £25, or 50p a week.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO INSTALL?
About ninety minutes, usually, but rarely more than two hours. All you have to do is show our installer where you want the bed, provide a plug point and a source of water, and he'll do everything else, including spending time advising you and answering any questions you may have.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET USED TO IT?
Usually only one or two nights. Once you are used to it, however, you will never want to go back to an ordinary bed. Every single person we know with a waterbed tells us this!
I SUFFER WITH ASTHMA - WILL A WATERBED HELP?
All waterbeds sold by us have a removable, washable top. Underneath this is the water mattress, which can also be cleaned. A porous spring mattress, which is used in ordinary beds, is an ideal breeding space for dust mites which feed on hair and tiny flakes of skin. It the the dust mite excreta that most asthmatics are allergic to, and replacing the spring mattress with a water mattress, which dust mites cannot breed in, provides relief to most people with breathing problems. www.efanet.org is the site for the European Federation of Asthma and Allergy Associations.
WILL A WATERBED HELP ME SLEEP?
A waterbed works by distributing body weight evenly over the body are in contact with the bed. This eliminates pressure points, and so on a waterbed, you do not toss and turn in your sleep. This allows much deeper sleep, and you awake more rested.
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