Retrieving Items Lost Down the Drain
By: Samantha Green
It’s never a good feeling when you hear that dreaded clink as you watch your beloved wedding ring slide down the sink drain. Spare yourself the heart attack! Recovering that lost earring, bracelet, or ring doesn’t always require the help of a plumber. Next time you lose something down the drain, don’t panic and follow these simple steps!
First Things First: Turn Off the Water
When you first notice you’ve lost something in the sink, immediately shut off the faucet. Keeping the water running may make the item harder to find. You should also turn off the water supply by turning the shutoff valve on the fixture clockwise.
Next: Try the Magnet Method
If you happen to have a strong magnet nearby, tie it to a string and attempt to catch your lost jewelry. Some items may not be magnetized, but it’s always worth a try before getting your hands dirty.
Locate the P-trap and Remove
The P-trap is the funky, U-shaped valve underneath your sink basin. If it’s accessible, use a set of large channel lock adjustable pliers or a wrench and loosen the two slip nuts on either end of the P-trap. It’s best to have a bucket underneath the trap to catch any excess water, gunk and hair that could be in there (gloves are always a good idea!). Hopefully, your jewelry will fall out among the filth so be sure to sift through the yucky stuff!
A four-pronged tool can also do the trick when trying to locate a lost item down a sink drain. They are easily found at most hardware stores and work wonders when it comes to locating and retrieving any small, valuable item. For extra help, have someone shine a flashlight down the drain while you go fishing.
To prevent future mishaps and heart attacks, you may consider installing a drain guard to your sink drains.