Bath bombs can be a great way to relax after a busy day. They’re a self-care treat that can turn a bathroom into your own personal spa. Despite being called a “bomb,” they aren’t heavy artillery designed to vanquish your enemies (though that might be nice to dream about while you’re relaxing in the tub). Instead, bath bombs are fizzy, fragrant and fun little balls that are designed to enhance a nice hot bath.
While they may not get rid of your enemies for good, bath bombs sure can wreak havoc on the stress and worry that may be attacking your mind (at least for the amount of time you’re in the tub while they’re working their magic). But what about your septic system? Are bath bombs septic-safe products for Modesto, CA homes?
Unfortunately, bath bombs are generally not recommended for use in septic systems because of the unintended consequences some of their ingredients can have on the plumbing. Here are some bath bomb septic safety tips to keep in mind.
What are bath bombs made of?
Bath bombs come in all kinds of different colors, fragrances and even shapes. They’re usually about the size of a snowball. They can be cut in half for multiple uses or dropped in whole for an intensely luxurious bath. Despite their difference in appearance and effect, all bath bombs are essentially made of the same few ingredients.
The fizzy, bubbling “bomb” effect of bath bombs comes from sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and citric acid reacting together in water. The scents come from essential oils and other perfumes. They can also contain dyes and solid materials like glitter or flower petals, as well as emulsifiers like butter or oil that leave your skin feeling silky smooth.
Those solids and emulsifiers, however lovely they may be, are a main reason why you should be extra cautious with bath bomb septic safety in Modesto, CA. Some also contain salts that may not fully dissolve and wind up tangling with hair in the pipes.
How to avoid bath bomb damage in your septic system
If you do choose to use bath bombs, consider the ingredients in your bomb. For example, if a particular bomb has a lot of solids like flower petals or confetti, those will not dissolve in the water and can get caught in the pipes. Be sure to put a strainer over the drain when emptying the bath to catch these bits before they become a problem.
Also consider that some emulsifiers don’t melt at lower temperature and can turn solid in the pipes. Cocoa butter, for example, only starts to melt at around 96 degrees. Your bath may be piping hot to begin with, but it will likely cool to below that temperature by the time you get out, especially if you’re luxuriating for a long time.
If you suspect your pipes may be clogged due to the use of bath bombs, call Alvarado Pumping Septic Service to get the problem taken care of today and get suggestions for septic-safe products to enjoy your next bath in Modesto, CA.