Salt Cave Inc., a company which provides clients with authentic salt caves, recently announced its expansion to the West Coast. Dr. Margaret Smiechowski, the founder and president of Salt Cave Inc., spent several years painstakingly researching and developing the technology to construct salt caves. In 2007, after building the first salt cave in North America, at the Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center in Rutland, VT, Dr. Smiechowski started offering her services to other entrepreneurs. As other businesses realized the potential returns in operating a salt cave, the industry and Salt Cave Inc. expanded.
As Salt Cave Inc. is celebrating this joyous news, Dr. Smiechowski wishes to use this opportunity to inform salt cave enthusiasts about the importance of a properly constructed cave. Proper construction and proper use of technology are crucial for client safety. Most of the technology is protected by trade secret so operators cannot tell clients how the caves were constructed. However, there are certain indicators that suggest improper construction. Statements like “my contractor had to learn how to build the cave” can indicate that the cave was not built by a specialist. Or, clients can visually inspect the cave; if recessed lights or electronics are inside a cave then the cave was not built by salt cave professionals. It is of the utmost importance that only professionals construct salt caves as some building materials can be toxic and slowly release toxic materials to the air.
Entrepreneurs interested in building a salt cave are urged to research any company they are considering hiring. “If you are shown pictures of previous caves allegedly constructed by a company, make sure that the pictures they show you are in fact one from their projects,” says Dr. Smiechowski. Salt Cave Inc. has been informed that companies may try to use pictures of caves Dr. Smiechowski constructed and pass them off as their own. “I'm finding a growing number of pictures of caves I built that other companies are claiming as their own. Including pictures on Facebook and company webpages dedicated to attracting new clients,” she says. This disturbing growing trend may suggest that these companies do not have the necessary expertise to build a salt cave.
The “do it yourself” cave is also not recommended. “An incorrectly built cave can cause damage to the building,” says Dr. Smiechowski. Moreover, since the technology is protected by a trade secret and the crucial elements of construction are omitted when someone inquires about the process, someone cannot correctly build a cave by themselves. If a cave is built without professional support there will either be problems immediately or sometime down the road that will be very expensive to correct.