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Where does the waterbed mattress gas come from?

Back in high school we learned that elements and compounds have four states or phases:

  1. Solid
  2. Liquid
  3. Gas
  4. Plasma

The state or phase of any molecule or compound is determined by it's temperature. Make it very cold - say below 32 degree Fahrenheit and it becomes a solid - i.e. ice.

If you make it get hot - it becomes a gas. Put a cup of water in a pan and put it on a stove and turn the heat up.

This is what causes gas in your waterbed mattress. Heat, even gentle heat will create some of the water to change from a liquid to a gas. The higher the temperature, the more gas you get.

If you are burping your mattress often, you are losing a little water every time you burp your mattress. You should top it off occasionally as needed.

Can I prevent it or slow it down?

Every time your mattress goes from a cooler state (even 1 degree) it increases the effect. There are three ways of limiting gas.

1. Add waterbed conditioner - this changes the chemical property and density of the water and slows the rate of evaporation.

2. Insulate the mattress better with a protective cover which surrounds the mattresses and maintains an even temperature. This saves heating too.

3. Turn the thermostat down a little. The down side to this is your back and muscles will notice the difference.