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Are Bath Bombs Bad for Your Plumbing?

Can Bath Bombs Lead to Shower or Bathtub Repair?

In our busy modern world, it’s not uncommon to feel stressed out or anxious. Many people turn to spa products like bath bombs to enhance their stress-busting hot bath – but these fizzy indulgences can wreak havoc on your indoor plumbing and require shower or bathtub repair in Philadelphia.

What are bath bombs made from?

Most bath bombs have two main ingredients: citric acid and baking soda (also known by its chemical name, sodium bicarbonate). These components create a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide gas, which is the substance responsible for a bath bomb’s signature fizzing effect when placed in hot or warm water. This process isn’t dangerous for humans – in fact, it’s quite similar to grade school experiments with vinegar and baking soda. It’s when plumbing comes into play that problems can arise. 

What ingredients are bad for my bathroom’s plumbing?

Ideally, a bath bomb will entirely dissolve in your bath and drain with no issues. However, many bath bombs contain additional ingredients that can throw a wrench in your plumbing. Epsom salt is a common extra, as it promotes muscle relaxation and stress relief, as well as coconut or soy oil.  Many companies also include ingredients to enhance the scent or color, such as  essential oils and titanium dioxide. Popular stores like Lush Cosmetics often add flower petals, glitter, and confetti to make their products more appealing.

Many of these additives do not dissolve fully in water, such as titanium dioxide and glitter. When these ingredients go down your drain, they can easily catch on your pipes and stick to the insides. With repeated use, bath bombs could lead to serious clogs that can keep you from being able to use your bathroom and require shower or bathtub repair. 

How can I minimize damage to my plumbing? 

If you’re a bath bomb devotee, there’s no need to panic. You can still use these fun fizzers during your spa bath – you just need to pay attention to the ingredients. For best results, opt for a bath bomb that doesn’t have a lot of extra components that could potentially clog your drain. The shorter the ingredient list, the more likely it is that the product won’t cause a problem. 

If you have a special place in your heart for glittery bath bombs, you can secure it in a mesh bag before dropping it into your tub. The protective overlay will filter any drain-clogging ingredients while still allowing you to enjoy your at-home spa day. You could also put a strainer over your drain to catch undissolved Epsom salts before they enter your plumbing, or try a liquid bath oil that doesn’t contain solid ingredients. 

Schedule Your Shower or Bathtub Repair Today

If your indoor plumbing has become clogged due to bath bombs or other spa products, Goodman Plumbing can provide expert shower and bathtub repair in the Philadelphia area. Contact our team today to learn more about our plumbing services or to request an estimate for your home.

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