The hurdles in offering a floatation tank to the public

Posted by LLJCL on 7th May 2008 in Uncategorized

The hurdles to offering floatation to the public are:

  • getting past the Department of Health
  • getting a landlord who does not run for the hills when you tell him you have a 2300 pound device with 125 gallons of water

The Department of Health

Really, one should not be trying to “get past” the department of health. They are there to insure the well-being of the client, not to create problems and suck money from you. The only problem is that their standards are either outdated or based on certain evidence. Let’s be precise. Most health departments classify a float tank as a swimming pool or special use spa. Unfortunately this is inadequate because a tank is single use and it is tightly enclosed. The use of chlorine is bad enough in a pool or spa. But the produced chloroform is extra dangerous in a passive ventilation system such as chlorine.

In the United States, it is preferred to use ultraviolet radiation and hydrogen peroxide. In fact, Australia has a health code for floatation tanks using uv and h202.

Getting a landlord to approve a tank

Most landlords will freak out at having 2300 pounds concentrated into an 8 ft by 4 ft by 4 ft space… especially if the room available is on the 2nd floor.

But finally, I did find a flex space which combines a warehouse with an office. Now, I simply need to cover these (reasonable) questions and I am in:

The owner will require more information about your tank (construction,
leak and rupture prevention safety and insurance carried) and its water
consumption.  Non standard business water usage will require an
incremental water fee in proportion usage.  Please advise of these

details if you decide to go forward.   Thanks.

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