Are Bath Bombs Bad For Plumbing?⠀

Blog author image
Michael Foster
May 17, 2024
Blog post image
Sometimes, you only need a nice relaxing bubble bath at the end of the day. ‘Til you think if the bubbles are bad for your plumbing, that is. Bath bombs are climbing the trend again, and it got homeowners thinking about where those fizzy bombs are bad for their plumbing.

Unfortunately, used frequently, bath bombs can cause some damage to your plumbing. And although plumbing in modern interiors is more effective, if you live in an older home, you'll need to be more careful about what goes down your tub's drain. Here's why:

  • The salts may block your drain if they don't completely dissolve. Undissolved fragments may become lodged in your pipes, where they may collect hair and other debris and cause a blockage.
  • Oils are one of the primary components of bath bombs. But here's where homeowners need to exercise caution: oil may solidify in a drain. You're in danger, for instance, if a bath bomb includes oil that liquefies in warm water but hardens at room temperature.
  • Some bath bombs have extra ornamental elements like confetti, glitter, herbs, or flower petals that, although they may seem lovely floating on the water, might cause issues if they fall into the drain.

Furthermore, bath bombs should never be used in a hot or jetted tub. After only one usage, a bath bomb may utterly ruin your hot tub. The tiny fragments might damage your jets and create unfixable blockages

But this doesn’t mean that you can’t use bath bombs; just make sure you use caution when using them and don’t use them daily! To reduce the effects of bath bombs on your pipes, you could use nylon [tights] or dress socks and wrap it around the bath bombs to reduce the chunky residue coming down the drain.

If you did use it daily and notice the damage to your pipes, don’t wait and contact your professional plumber to have it inspected and fixed! Home Alliance offers same-day service in plumbing that could really lend a hand. So, if you encounter any issues with your plumbing due to the fizzy bath bombs, contact Home Alliance now!