Most homeowners are all too familiar with soap scum. It’s the white chalky residue that appears on the surface of the tub and the shower door. Unbeknownst to most people, soap scum is more than just an eyesore. The substance also collects inside the drain pipes. Here it goes from being a cosmetic issue to being a serious plumbing problem. We’ll go over some simple home adjustments for keeping soap scum out of the drain.
Soap scum forms when the fatty acid in soap bonds with the water. Soap scum gradually builds up in the drain pipes. This restricts the space water has to exit your shower, tub or sink. Most bathroom drains also contain hair, which traps the soap scum in place.
Soap scum accumulation occurs mainly in the shower drain, but can also appear in kitchen sinks. Soap scum is also prevalent in areas with hard water. Luckily, hard water isn’t too common in Snohomish, though it does turn up in some homes. (Left unchecked, hard water also causes damage to the home heating system.)
All it takes is a simple mesh guard over the drain to prevent most of the soap scum from entering the drain. We also recommend pouring boiling water down the drain about once a month. This will melt any soap scum clinging to the pipes. If hot water alone doesn’t work, then try baking soda. Mix one teaspoon of the substance with one gallon of water. If this still fails to do the trick, then the next step is to call a plumber.
Soap scum that has had time to build up may pose a problem that requires more than a plunger or box of Arm & Hammer. Call Plumbing & Heating Specialist to resolve serious backups. Our special offers make it affordable to remove soap scum from drains.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving Customers in Snohomish, King & Pierce Counties, including Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Bothell, Snohomish, Shoreline, Brier, Mountlake Terrace, Maltby, Lake Forest Park, Everett, Marysville, Lake Stevens & Woodway