When you’re the owner of a bounce house, it is highly important that you know how to set it up properly. An improper set-up of a bounce house can lead to a decline in the quality of the inflatable device’s fabric, in addition to the possible disruption of the set-up site. It is important to have a strong foundation for your bounce house when setting it up and inflating it for the day’s events. Likewise, for you, the bounce house owner, it is highly important to know what and where you can set up your inflatable devices upon.
The most important part of setting up a bounce house is making sure that the ground beneath it is flat and level. The best types of locations to set up a bounce house or similar inflatable device are flat, even yards with few obstructions. As an example, backyards are frequent set-up locations for bounce houses. A frequent question asked by bounce house owners is whether or not it is acceptable to set up an inflatable device on a driveway. This is a common scenario if the owner lives in an urban or similarly cramped location where there is not a lot of free space available. Setting up a bounce house on a driveway, or other concrete surface, is a perfectly acceptable option. You’d only need to replace the stakes with sandbags to keep the bounce house in place. Of course, if your driveway is made of gravel, it will be unable to safely support a bounce house, as the potentially sharp rocks will tear through the vinyl walls and floor fairly quickly.
Still, grass is the most preferable substance to place the bounce house upon, as it is easy to stake the bounce house to the ground. In addition, grass will not agitate the inflatable vinyl material like other ground substances potentially could. Yards and parks with slightly hilly landscape are not easily generalized. Obviously, a giant steep hill would be unacceptable for bounce house usage. Bounce houses need a flat foundation to properly support its users constantly jumping and leaping inside of it. An uneven floor beneath this activity could cause the bouncer to tip over. However, a slight, barely noticeable hill would not have a major effect on the bouncer. The landscape will differ from yard to yard across this country, so there is no one answer when it comes to acceptability. Just remember that the flatter a piece of land is, the better suited it is for bouncing.
The needless risks and dangers of setting up a bounce house on top of wet or frozen ground have been well-documented. Any time you set up a bounce house, moonwalk, or other inflatable device on top of wet or moist ground, it causes the vinyl material of the inflatable device to be constantly exposed to liquid, which is a frequent cause of mildew and fabric decay. Rainfall can negatively affect an inflatable device in this manner, but damage can be avoided with the proper clean-up procedure. However, if the ground itself is already wet or submerged in water, this makes the materials constantly exposed to moisture. In addition, the bouncer is nailed or weighed down to this ground by sandbags, making decay and corrosion inevitable. This can apply if you’re setting up a bounce house on top of snow, ice, mud, or upon puddles of rainwater.