How to: Retrieving a Ring From The Drain

How to: Retrieving a Ring From The Drain

You pulled your wedding ring off to wash some dishes and, a second later, it slipped through your fingers and down the drain. This is a pretty terrifying situation for a lot of people, and it’s a situation that often costs hundreds of dollars if you need to hire a plumber to retrieve it – if the plumber can retrieve it at all. In this article, we’re going to tell you the easy way to get your ring out of the drain. 

What You’ll Need 

In order to retrieve a ring from the drain, you’re going to need a few things:

  • A bucket
  • A rag or towels
  • A wrench
  • Gloves (optional but encouraged)
  • Shop Vac or a wet/dry vacuum

Step-by-Step Instructions for Sinks

If your ring has fallen down the sink, the first thing to do is shut off the water! Do not let any more water flow down the drain, or you may flush your ring out of your plumbing system all together.

However, if your ring is still inside your drain’s P-trap, follow these easy steps below to retrieve it:

  1. Shut off the water supply
  2. Place down your rag or towels to catch excess water that may leak out or miss the bucket
  3. Place a bucket under the P-trap (under the sink)
  4. Using a wrench, open the P-trap by unscrewing both sides
  5. Retrieve the ring
  6. Reassemble parts
  7. Turn the water supply back on
  8. Run the water to ensure no water leaks 

Instructions for Showers

Shower drains are a little trickier than sink drains. Unfortunately, you probably won’t have easy access to the P-trap. Instead, a good place to start is to remove the shower drain strainer. To do so, set up your shop vac to vacuum water, turn on the vacuum, and insert the hose into the drain. If you’re lucky, the shop vac will suck the ring out of the drain strainer and it won’t be necessary to open up any walls or floors.

However, if this doesn’t work, you’ll need to locate the P-trap under the shower and follow the same steps as retrieving a ring from a sink drain. The issue, however, is that you’ll likely need to cut into your flooring or walls. 

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