Bath Bombs and Beyond

With their unique aromas, playful colors, and fun additives, it’s no wonder why bath bombs have captivated bath enthusiasts for decades. But before you drop this fizzy bomb of fun in your tub, consider your plumbing. 

What Makes Up a Bath Bomb? 

To create the fizzy fun they’re known for, bath bombs are traditionally made up of three basic ingredients: corn starch, baking soda, and citric acid. None of these ingredients on their own are harmful to your plumbing. In fact, bath bombs are generally safe for your pipes. However, if you are using bath bombs you should consider the kinds of additives they include, as these can be the culprits behind your plumbing issues.

  1. Oils: Oils are typically used to add a nice scent to your bath. However, oils can clog your pipes just as too many saturated fats can clog your arteries. Once these oils go down the drain it can congeal and result in a blocked pipe.
  2. Glitter: Although they are small, these sparkly particles are not water-soluble and may build up in your drain causing a blockage.
  3. Rose Petals: Rose petals are one of the larger additives that can be found in some bath bombs. These large pieces have the potential to get stuck in the pipes and prevent bath water from draining.

Special Considerations

These additives are not good for your pipes, but they can cause even more damage if you have a jetted tub. Be mindful that whatever is in the bath water when your jets are on could end up blocking them and creating a larger issue.

In Conclusion

While the occasional bath bomb is alright, too many with these additives can cause some draining issues. Your bath drain already takes on hair and oils from other products so you should be cognizant of what other ingredients may be included in the bath bombs you use. Take time after you’ve enjoyed your bath to remove any visible additives before draining your pipes by using a strainer or even some nylon for smaller pieces. If you notice that water from your bath isn’t draining properly, call North East Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing. We’ll be able to give you advice on how to unclog your drain and help if the problem persists.

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