Bombing Your Plumbing | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Bombing Your Plumbing | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Bath bombs may help you relax while in the tub but they may also be bad for your plumbing.

One of your favorite ways to relax after a morning run through the Withlacoochee is to lounge in the tub amid the bubbles, glitter and wonderful scent of a bath bomb wafting in the air. But your hour or so of relaxation could be harming your plumbing. Many bath bombs have ingredients that can damage plumbing pipes.

“Basically, two ingredients make bath bombs fizz: baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and citric acid. When an object combining them is dropped into warm bath water, you witness an acid-base reaction between the two, and CO2 (carbon dioxide) gas is released, causing the fizz and foam. Think of it as a less-volatile version of that third-grade volcano science project, where you mixed baking soda and vinegar,” says.

Some bath bombs also contain additional ingredients, such as Epsom salts, glitter and scented oils. explains: “Although you may bathe in hot water, …after the first 10 feet of your drain, the pipes start to cool substantially, especially if you live in colder climates, and anything in the outflowing water congeals quickly.

In addition, if the Epsom or other salts do not dissolve completely, they may resolidify ….Drains are slimy and sticky to begin with, so they catch things like flower petals, glitters and other add-ons that aren’t biodegradable

“In theory, baking soda, citric acid and the salts are all water-soluble, …But since we are dealing with added ingredients, such as the oils, it is possible that some of these only get partially dissolved in the bath water …it is possible that over time, it can get accumulated in the nooks and crevices of your pipes or mingle with other debris, such as hair and dead skin that gets sloughed off, and contribute to clogs.”

If you think you might have a blockage caused by bath bombs or any other object, call the trusted plumbers at Billy the Sunshine Plumber to diagnose and fix your problem. ‘

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