Tips for the Summer
- Lots of people want bounce houses for their summer parties. Here are a few
tips to make sure that your event goes as planned
- Pick the right unit. Make sure to get something that is appropriate for the ages of the people who will be playing on it. Bounce houses and combos are best for smaller children, while most of the older kids like slides, obstacles courses or interactives.
- Water helps beat the heat. When the weather is really hot look for attractions that allow water on them, like slides. The water not only keeps the kids cool, it also keeps the vinyl from getting too hot.
- Pick a good location. Make sure that the setup area is large enough and that there aren’t any utility lines overhead. If we are setting up on grass, make sure to call Blue Stakes and mark any sprinkler lines before we come.
- Make sure you have enough power. If you order more than one unit you will probably need extra circuits to power everything. Give us a call and we can help you figure out what you will need.
- If you have any questions, just ask, we have done thousands of events!
Make sure that there is adequate access for the inflatable to get to the site. Check to make sure that all gates and doors are wide enough for the inflatable to pass through. Due to damage concerns we will not attempt to take an inflatable through a home. Also note that we cannot go up or downstairs or steep slopes. We can get them over a curb, but that is all. If we will be using the driveway, please make sure that any vehicles have been moved before we arrive.
Look, Up in The Sky!
Make sure that there is nothing (power lines, buildings, trees, curbs, rocks, branches, etc.) that will touch either the side or top of the inflatable. As the inflatable is being used it often rocks back and forth, and anything touching it will quickly rub a hole through the vinyl. We cannot set an inflatable up next to a pool or other body of water because of safety issues.
What Lies Beneath
Check the site to make sure that it does not have anything protruding from the ground such as rocks, roots, and uneven asphalt. If there are gravel or sticks on the site, please sweep them away. Pick up any animal feces as a soiled inflatable may require a reconditioning fee. Please turn your sprinklers off as they can damage the inflatable.
We will do our best to accommodate your wishes regarding which direction the inflatable faces as we set it up, but please be aware that a site’s slope often dictates how the inflatable is arranged. This is especially true for inflatables that have water on them. Slides need to slope towards the pool so that the water collects properly. The more level the site is, the more freedom we have to adjust the inflatable. We also recommend inflatables be set up with their backs to the west. The afternoon sun can make the final very hot. The natural design of most inflatables will create shade keeping the surface cool.
If we are setting up on concrete or asphalt, we will need to place tarps underneath the inflatables to protect them from abrasion.
All inflatables must be staked or tied down. On hard surfaces or indoors we generally use sandbags. If we are setting up on grass, we use 36″ stakes for tie downs and special L shaped stakes near the edges of the inflatables. It is the customer’s responsibility to mark all sprinkler lines and to call “Safe to Dig” if required. EPIC is not liable for damage to underground sprinklers or utility lines.
Please choose your site carefully, giving thought to how you would like everything to be arranged. We are able to make small adjustments (3-5 feet in any direction) once the inflatable has been set up. If you would like to move it further, we may need to roll up the inflatable again. If this is the case, you will be charged $75 per inflatable, to do so.
Please make sure that you have adequate power for your rental. Our blowers require about 10 amps (1000 watts) each. Most home circuits are 15 amps. This is why we recommend that there be a separate circuit for each blower. When we attempt to put multiple blowers, we typically trip breakers.
We will bring extension cords, so we can run power up to 100 feet. Beyond that, you will need to have a generator. We will bring a generator when necessary. It is generally recommended that you run generators at about half of what they are rated. Thus a 2500-watt generator will typically power just one blower. We have found that if you push a generator too hard the built-in breakers generally trip, cutting all power. Our generators produce 8000 watts, allowing you to power up to three blowers at one time.