Luxuriating in a warm tub with a scented bath bomb may be good for your mood but it can be bad for your plumbing.
One of the joys of living in Tampa Bay is easy beach access. Even when it’s chilly, it’s great to walk or run on the beach then go home to bask in a warm tub scented with a bath bomb or bubble bath. It’s a great way to relax, replenish your energy and give yourself spa-like treatment at home.
Trouble is the bath bomb that helps deliver all that goodness can also deliver plumbing problems. It all depends on the contents and how you use them, according to the Washington Post.
Many of the bombs contain things like essential oils, which come under the general heading of fats, oils and grease (things you do NOT want in your plumbing system). They can also contain items such as Epsom salts. And don’t forget the glitter, flower petals and such that are also in many of the bombs. All these things can get stuck inn your pipes and create a clog or blockage.
“This isn’t to say that bath bombs are taboo. You just have to be smart when using them,” the Washington Post says. Try “using a screening material, such as a mesh jewelry bag or pantyhose secured with a rubber band, to hold the bath bomb. It will still activate when dropped into the water, but the mesh will catch larger particles and foreign materials.
“For tubs with a removable stopper, consider using a strainer; it will catch chunks of salt and other drain-clogging debris, which can be tossed in the trash. … If you do want to add some fizz to your bath, look for a bath bomb with the smallest number of ingredients. The fewer the ingredients, the less mess it creates in your tub and pipes.”
No matter how hard you try, sometimes you’re going to get a clog or blockage. When you do and you can’t get rid of it by yourself, the best solution is to call in the help of a trusted plumbing expert like those at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.
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