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4 Surprising Products That Are Destroying Your Bathroom

Your plumbing system can take a lot of abuse, but why dole out more punishment than necessary? Certain products you likely use every day are taking their toll on your bathroom.

Here are four items you should banish once and for all.

In-Tank Cleaners

In-tank toilet cleaners deodorize, sanitize and turn the water in the bowl a pretty blue color. However, that convenience comes at a cost. Drop-in toilet cleaners are bleach-chlorine tablets. The caustic ingredients can cause parts in the tank, such as the flapper and the flush valve, to corrode and deteriorate. It won’t happen overnight, of course, but continued use of this product will gradually damage your commode.

Avoid the costly repair bill and clean your toilet the old-fashioned way with a scrubber brush and a sturdy pair of rubber gloves.

Bar Soap

All soap eventually forms a goopy layer along the interior of your pipes, but bar soap tends to be the bigger offender. Little chunks of soap wash down the drain where they’ll cling to gunk and form a stubborn blockage over time. Bar soap is also more likely to cause unsightly soap scum, especially if you don’t have a water softener.

Stick with liquid soap.

Flushable Wipes

Don’t believe the hype! These wipes are only technically flushable. They’ll go down your drain, but they don’t dissolve like toilet paper. So, if they hit a snag along the way, they’ll sit there collecting other debris until you have a serious obstruction.

Even if they do make it all the way through your sewer line, they can cause problems downstream. Municipal sewage treatment plants at littered with these pesky wipes.

If it’s not waste or toilet paper, keep it out of your toilet.

Bath Bombs

Bath Bombs are infused with essential oils and fragrances that make bathtime a relaxing escape. Plus, they turn your tub into a kaleidoscope of colors. The problem is some of these hardpacked additives are loaded with ingredients that do not dissolve, such as flower petals and glitter, and their oils can congeal down the drain.

Use bath bombs sparingly and keep them in a nylon cover the prevent the contents from going down the drain.

Bottom line: Don’t compromise the functionality of your plumbing for the sake of convenience or, in the case of bath bombs, leisure. If you encounter any plumbing problems, count on Universal Home Experts for a prompt repair. To schedule an appointment, call (713) 364-0226.