Don’t Send Your Love Down the Drain, But If You Do…

You’ve seen it in the movies and there’s a good chance it has happened to you or someone you know. You’re thoroughly washing up when all of a sudden you bump the wedding ring you so carefully placed on the counter for safekeeping. You grasp for it in every direction, but it rolls around the sink like a penny in a spiral wishing well. Then it happens: the ring falls down the sink drain.

It seems like this happens to everyone at least once in their life, and most people think it’s the end of the world…or at least their marriage. But it doesn’t have to be! Most rings that fall down the sink are recoverable, just start with the steps below, and call us at any hour if you need help.

Stop the Water Immediately

The first step to almost any plumbing problem is to turn off the water. Immediately stopping the water will increase the chances of your ring being stuck in the p-trap, and thus, increasing the chances of a successful recovery. As an extra precaution, you may want to go ahead and turn off the hot and cold water supply valves under the sink as well.

Carefully Take Off the Drain Stopper

If your ring went down the drain in a bathroom, there’s a good chance the drain stopper extends down into the drainpipe. If you’re lucky, your ring may have gotten stuck somewhere on one of the extended pieces. Very carefully remove the drain stopper by twisting and pulling up. Go slowly, and use a flashlight to look in the drain as you’re pulling up. If you see the ring, use a pair of needle nose pliers to grab it and lift it out.

Check the Cleanout

All sinks have a p-trap, which is the u-shaped pipe your drain leads to before exiting through the wall or floor. The p-trap always has water in it, and is used to prevent sewer gases from coming up and into the building. It’s also used to catch items that fall the down the drain, such as a ring. Some p-traps have cleanout valves located at the bottom, but unfortunately many do not. If yours has a cleanout valve, place a bucket and some towels underneath and open the valve. Water and any items that have fallen down the drain should flow out and into the bucket. Check the contents of the bucket, and hopefully at the bottom will be your lost treasure.

If your ring still doesn’t turn up with any of the above steps, go ahead and call Dauenhauer. Our plumbers carry special tools that can reach far into drains, tiny cameras to inspect every inch of a pipe, and if comes to it, we can take your drain apart and put it back together again. Our crews are available 24 hours a day and would love nothing more than to help you get your ring back!