How To Retrieve A Ring You Dropped In The Sink
Posted By Advanced Plumbing Drains & Heating
The sink is an easy spot for rings and other small items to slip into. Metallic items like rings can be particularly tricky to find because they’re heavy and naturally sink, meaning that they will end up in the plumbing drain. If your ring or other piece of expensive jewelry has managed to make its way into your plumbing, don’t panic. In most cases, your ring will be retrievable and the task of doing so will not require many tools or extensive plumbing skills. The entire process should take no longer than 15 minutes. The ring will most likely be in the P-trap, which is the U-shaped part of your drain that serves several functions, including stopping sewer gas from making its way into your home.
- Turn off the water immediately
This will minimize the risk of your ring being washed down into the main sewer line. There should be a hot and cold valve located underneath the faucet.
- Take apart the P-trap
In most cases, a ring will likely be found in the bottom of the P-trap. Some P-traps have a drain plug at the bottom. Remove the drain plug if there is one. This will drain the pipe and if you’re lucky, your ring may fall out. If it does, simply replace the nut, turn on the water and test for leaks.
If not, place a bucket of water under the P-trap. Next, unscrew both slip nuts by unscrewing it to the left. You can also use channel lock pliers to do this. Keep in mind that if your sink doesn’t have two slip nuts, you will need to contact a plumber in order to cut the pipes to be able to remove the p-trap.
- Slide the P-trap out
Allow for any water to come out of the P-trap and empty the water into your bucket. Don’t be alarmed by water that is grimy or gunky.
- Clean your P-trap & screw back in place
Take this opportunity to clean out your P-trap with hot water and soap. Next, screw it back in place.
- Test for leaks
Next, fill up your sink with water and allow it to drain in order to check for any leaks. If you find that your sink is leaking, re-adjust the slip nuts and repeat the process.
- Disinfect your ring with alcohol
Lastly, disinfect your ring with alcohol!
If you’re in need of a professional plumber to help you get your ring back, contact Advanced Plumbing today for more information. We offer quick, around-the-clock services.