My CPAP is Leaking Water – What to Do?



CPAP rainout is quite a common problem. A rainout happens when condensation builds up in your CPAP tubing. Condensation can easily start traveling through your CPAP tubing, up into the mask and ultimately water gets in your face or even in your nose. Rainout can cause slight discomfort, but it can also disrupt your sleep and you basically do not receive quality CPAP therapy anymore. So how does rainout happen?

When the water vapors travel from the humidifier coming in direct contact with the cooler, this is when CPAP rainout occurs. This vapor will ultimately create condensation within the tubing system of e CPAP and then form droplets of water. Depending on the amount of droplets (water, leakage), such a rainout can become a true nuisance since it can wake up the user who will reach out for tissues in order to dry their face off.

How to deal efficiently with water leakage- CPAP rainouts?

In order to avoid water droplets reaching your face while you are sleeping, a good idea would be to place your CPAP machine in a lower position compared to your CPAP mask. This way, water would need to travel upwards in order in reach your face, which is quite difficult. Yet another solution would be to enjoy CPAP therapy without the use of a water humidifier. Humidified air is indeed a highly helpful solution in order to enjoy good quality, moisturized therapy. However, in some cases, rainouts become such a huge problem that until you figure out a better solution you could use the CPAP without the humidifier accessory.

Even if you cannot do completely without a humidifier, perhaps if you will turn down the setting you will not have to put up with such heavy rainout anymore. By turning the setting in a lower position on your humidifier, the moisture content of the air passing through the mask will also be much lower. Perhaps this would be enough in order to offer you a good night’s sleep, while still getting the humidification you need.

Humidifier Leakage

You can also avoid rainout if you choose to insulate the hose of your CPAP. You can achieve this as simply as using a sleeve for you hose which is made of good quality absorbent and insulating fabric. Cover the hose in its entire length and then you will minimize the chance of rainout. You just need to purchase a quality insulating material and then sew a wrap for your hose. In case you are not handy with such crafts projects, you should search online and see if you can find some sort of CPAP hose wraps that you can use for your equipment.

Of all these remedies, the best is yet to come. In case nothing of the above works, you should definitely try a heated CPAP hose. The heated hose comes with an integrated heating element. This element travels all throughout the length of the hose, helping to keep water in vapor form at all times. This way, you will finally enjoy CPAP therapy at the required pressure and at the desired moisture levels without compromising on settings and without using a tubing wrap.

Main benefits of heated CPAP tubing

Nasal congestion, dryness of the mouth and throat are the main complaints for CPAP users. When using your CPAP machine, comfort is the most important. You should not experience water leaks and you should not wake up in the middle of the night reaching out for tissues to swipe off water from your face or around your nose. The heated CPAP tubing might represent the ideal solution.

Condensation can easily build up inside your CPAP tubing, but also inside which causes the rainout problems. This condensed water can make its way into the mask which creates a lot of discomfort especially while you are sleeping. Waking up several times during the night because of water splashing your face basically defeats the purpose of the entire therapy. You should be able to sleep restfully and uninterrupted while receiving therapy at required pressures and comfortable temperature/moisture.

The water buildup on the outer layer of the tubing can easily lead to sheets and pillowcases that become wet. The heated CPAP tubing will help reduce condensation to minimum and thus reduce the chance of rainout.

The efficiency of your entire CPAP therapy can greatly improve if you opt to use heated CPAP tubing and an appropriate cover or wrap for the tubing. Heated tubing is compatible with almost all of today’s modern CPAP machines. Congestion, throat dryness, nasal irritations and discomfort caused by droplets on your face can be reduced if you will choose to add a heated CPAP tubing instead of the standard one. In fact, many insurance companies offer coverage for the heated tubing just like they offer coverage for the standard CPAP tubing.