Bath bombs have really become increasingly popular in recent years, thanks to their ability to enrich your bathing experience. The scented and fizzy bath salts can transform your bath into a relaxing aromatherapy experience. While bath bombs have become all the rage, their surge in popularity has many homeowners wondering if they can cause damage to plumbing. Unfortunately, some types of bath bombs can clog drains if used too frequently.
Let's look at some of the problems you may encounter when you use bath bombs frequently and what you can do to prevent damage to your plumbing.
Some Ingredients Don’t Completely Dissolve
Although most of the ingredients in bath bombs are soluble in water, some of them may not completely dissolve in water. Some of the insoluble ingredients that may leave a residue include confetti, glitter, bits of flower, cocoa butter, and cornstarch. If salts don’t fully dissolve, they can get caught in pipes, leading to clogs.
Oily Bath Bombs Can Clog Drains
Bath bombs contain fragrant and soothing oils that build up in the pipes over time and form clogs. Even though oils liquefy in warm water, they will eventually cool down as they travel down your drains and solidify, leaving deposits on plumbing pipes. The deposits may restrict the proper flow of wastewater and lead to slow drains and backflow.
Bath Bombs May Not Be Septic Friendly
Some of the ingredients contained in bath bombs are not safe for septic tanks. Everything from insoluble additives to flower petals, confetti, glitter, oils, and fats can cause clogs in various components within a septic tank and form clogs.
Although bath bombs can harm your plumbing in different ways, it doesn't mean you should stop using them. There are steps you can take to keep your drains clear, while enjoying a rejuvenating bath experience.
Are your drains slower than normal? Have you noticed a foul smell coming out of your drains? Do you hear gurgling sounds coming from your drains? These are warning signs that you need your drains cleaned. Ignoring signs of clogged drains can lead to more expensive problems down the road like pipe damage, sewage backup, and water damage. It's best to call a reputable plumber as soon as you notice signs of trouble and have them inspect your drains and perform efficient drain cleaning.
If you’re located in Ohio Valley or the nearby areas and need reliable clogged drain cleaning, call Mr. Rooter Plumbing for help. Our plumbers are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, and we utilize proven drain cleaning techniques to clear your drains and restore your plumbing to its good working order.