Questions and Answers
Is there A difference in the float experience as compared to a pod, cabin, or tank?
Not necessarily. The same float tank installed in two different rooms may feel drastically different, depending on heat source and ventilation for instance. The open pools we have installed in our float center ( Deep Floatation Therapy ) have an amazing feel. It doesn't have to look like a sensory deprivation chamber to provide a great float. We love open float pools because they are an expanded opportunity for you, the owner, to hold the kind of space that you want to hold.
Is there a difference on the float attendant side as compared to a pod, cabin, or tank?
Yes. Considering ease of accessibility we find enclosed float tanks, pods, and cabins to be more difficult to clean than open concept rooms. In our center we have a very easy time cleaning because we can see and access everything. Note that the customer appreciates being able to easily see everything as well, to assess what they are getting themselves into.
Temperature regulation may take more attention to dial in at first because of the larger area, but if you have the right pieces in place (like an overhead infrared heater and a simple passive ventilation system) you will find the comfort zone after a few floats yourself before opening.
One essential piece to maintaining an open float room is a pool cover. This saves energy and allows the float room to dry out and rest overnight. In the morning we remove the cover and at closing time we put it back on.
Does your float system have automation features?
Because our float systems are open source, the lights and music are easily automated through common apps. With a stereo receiver hooked up to a phone or tablet you can set audio alarms. With that same wifi device hooked up to the Philips Hue lighting system you can also set gentle light alarms, which are in our experience more effective than sound to shepherd relaxed people out of their float.
What size of float suite does a float pool require?
Short answer: Small 9' x 10'. Standard 9' x 12'. Luxury 10' x 14' and larger.
Long answer: Send us a room schematic including door location and swing, plumbing access, and any immovable structures and we can better answer this question. Shown in the images below, we have actually fit 2 float rooms into a 15' x 15' space, and one of those rooms is ADA compliant!
i'm interested, but this seems too diy for me.
We understand it can sound daunting to create your own masterpiece of a float suite. The great news is, it's really not much different than making a nice bathroom. If you're not the DIY type you will be having contractors do the work anyway, and our float pool is basically a huge bath tub with some wiring and plumbing. Advanced implements in your float suite such as radiant heating panels, glass enclosure, and a silent exhaust fan will also be familiar territory for your contractors. We encourage you to envision how you ideally want your float room to feel, look, and function. Dream big! We are here to help you make it happen.
Is your float kit ul listed?
Inspections from local authorities can be a major factor in the early life of a float center. We want you to have all of the information you need to progress smoothly and get open in a timely manner.
Our float systems all together is not listed with UL, CSA, or any other certification service. The reasons are many, including the cost and limits it would impose on us. However, as all the components of our float system ARE listed, it is highly likely that you can install a Mandala Pool in compliance with your local oversight. It is important that you talk with your electrician and/or local oversight to determine their requirements. We recommend talking with your electrician first. In extreme cases you may need to purchase the Pool only, and then we work together on sourcing and assembling components in a way that complies with the specific requirements of your local officials. The way you address your local officials is important.. we are not trying to get around or break the rules, we are working with the rules in full disclosure.
If you have any questions about this subject please contact us.
Can I make a wheelchair accessible float tank?
Yes! In fact, your local building codes may require that you have one be ADA and/or ANSI compliant float room. Designing these rooms is meticulous but it is absolutely doable, and aesthetics can still survive the requirements. Here is the layout of the ADA/ANSI compliant float room at our float center.
Do you do site visits and installations?
We do not, and we are confident in our ability to help you from a distance.
Can a float pool be made to be totally dark & silent?
Absolutely. The most challenging, as in any float room, is the soundproofing. Be sure to read up on noise control on our blog, and any other source of soundproofing information you have attention span for. Most importantly keep in mind that every building has different soundproofing needs, and your contractor may have a different idea of what needs to be done than what really needs to happen. Light proofing the float room is much easier, and for the most part has everything to do with the door to the room. Generally lightproofing is accomplished as a byproduct of soundproofing.
Please feel free to be in touch, we love talking about floating! If you are flirting with purchasing a float system and have reservations the best thing to do is come for our internship program in Rapid City, South Dakota. We'll show you how we built Deep and you can float it for yourself :)