The set-up process that all bounce house owners must carry out before bouncing may begin is highly important to the day’s events. When you’re setting up a bounce house, you’re laying the foundation for a massive inflatable device which not only has to stay put for the entire day, but also must be capable of remaining safe for the users of the bounce house jumping all day long. The ground beneath the bounce house must be up to the task. When inspecting the ground for an ideal location, make sure that you plan out your yard and make note of any imperfections in the property that could cause the set-up site to potentially come undone. The specifics of your set-up site will differ from location to location, but there are several guidelines to follow when planning out your bouncing site.

There are several features you can detect in the ground, either on the grass or on concrete that should set off a red flag and discourage you from setting up in that location. When inspecting the grass, make sure that the lawn is in good, healthy condition. Brown or faded pieces of grass can often be paired with dried-up, uncared-for soil underneath the surface. If you attempt to hammer your bounce house stakes into a dying landscape, you’ll find that the stake may not stay put in the ground, coming loose in the poor conditions of the soil. Any grass that you decide to inflate the bounce house on should be in good condition, frequently watered and shining bright underneath the sun’s rays. If you find a good healthy location for set-up and want to make sure that the ground stays in good condition during and after the bounce house is inflated on top of it,  consider laying a tarp down upon the grass site and setting up the bounce house on top. The tarp will absorb most of the friction and heavy eight from the inflatable device and all who use it, preserving the grass beneath as best it can.

If you’re setting up upon concrete, there are many ways to inspect the ground to make sure that the bouncer does not become weakened, or even accidentally burst under the pressure. Any piece of land with blatant imperfections, such as cracks in the pavement or high amounts of gravel, should definitely be avoided. You should attempt to find the flattest, most level piece of land you can if setting up on pavement. The ground does not have to be deep or rich because you’re not driving stakes into concrete to hold the bouncer in place; you’re weighing it down with heavy sandbags. Bring a level to the proposed set-up location and make sure that there is no obvious slope to the ground. If the pavement of the area is not 100% flat, find a piece that is as close as possible. A slanted ground underneath a bounce house can possibly cause it to slide out of position, even with sandbags holding it down. This could potentially cause the polyvinyl chloride or oxford cloth to become scratched or gritty. The best sort of set-up locations on outdoor pavement is newly renovated and paved parking lots. These are far less likely to have old imperfections, and are often flatter than any surrounding location.

Remember that finding the set-up location is one of the most important parts of the day. An uneven foundation for your inflatable device can cause the bounce house to become stressed, and can even causes the entire set-up to fall apart before your eyes, leading to possible emergency and injuries. If you put in the extra effort ahead of time to plan out the best possible ground, you will be rewarded with day after day of worry-free bouncing and leaping for all users.