One frequently asked question when it comes to float tank therapy is, ‘Are float tanks sanitary and how is the water cleaned?’
Since float tanks are meant to improve your overall health and wellness, it’s important that they are kept sanitary. But how does it happen? The high concentrations of Epsom salt provide some natural benefits that help keep the water clean, but that on its own is insufficient. We look at the typical ways that spas and pools keep their water clean, and what float tanks do differently.
Chlorine and Bromine for Spa Water Sanitation
Chlorine and bromine are the most common chemicals in water treatment for recreational pools and spas. They are highly reactive with other elements and molecules, and it’s through these reactions that they kill harmful bacteria and germs in the water. The benefit of chlorine/bromine is that they are always in the water, ready to kill any bacteria they encounter. In pool and spa care lingo, this is called ‘residual’.
The drawback to these chemicals is that as they kill bacteria through chemical reactions, disinfectant byproducts (DBPs) are created that can be hazardous to our health. Pools and spas are well-ventilated to combat the harm these may cause. Float tanks are more enclosed, however, increasing the danger of DBPs. For this reason, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) does not allow chlorine or bromine to be used in float tanks.
Chemical-Free Treatments for Float Tank Sanitation
Going chemical-free is good for natural health and wellness, but how is sanitation achieved for float tanks? Float tank therapy centers sanitize their water through a combination of filtration, Ozone and UV treatment.
Ozone is a gas (O3) that is created by an ozonator that’s attached to your filtration system. Ozone a powerful sanitizer that is sometimes used for treating drinking water. Often regarded as more powerful than chlorine and bromine, it can be used in conjunction with these chemicals to help break down those harmful DBPs we mentioned earlier. While there is some residual effect with Ozone, it does not last in the water as long as chlorine/bromine.
UV Light is another form of water sanitation that is often used for drinking water. UV stands for Ultraviolet light, a wavelength of light that’s invisible to the naked eye. UV does not have a residual effect, but is great at breaking down many microorganisms, including some that chlorine/bromine have difficulty with. When UV and ozone are used together, something ‘radical’ occurs. When UV light hits ozone gas, Hydroxyl Radicals are created. These particles last only a second but are extremely effective at killing bacteria, more so than UV light or ozone treatment on their own.
Mill Creek Float – Chemical-Free Sanitation to the Highest Standards
Mill Creek Float adheres to the highest standards of sanitation at our float tank therapy spa. After every float, we treat the water by filtering it four times with UV light and ozone treatment. This eliminates at least 99.9% of all bacteria, thus sanitizing the water to meet or exceed industry standards.
Float tank therapy provides a plethora of health and wellness benefits. It may improve your physical, mental and emotional health as well as help you enhance business productivity or even deepen your spiritual search through mindful meditation. Whichever of the numerous wellness benefits you are searching for, Mill Creek Float is here to help. Call or click to schedule an appointment for your float tank therapy session today, and float on!
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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