Jewelry can get knocked down the drain in numerous situations, but no matter the situation, it’s always devastating. However, the piece of jewelry may not be lost forever. There are some things homeowners can do to try and retrieve it, before calling All Star Plumbing and Restoration for help.
Kitchen or Bathroom Sink
If the jewelry in question falls down a regular sink drain, turn off the water supply to the sink. Then, take apart the P-trap. Place a bucket under the P-trap when removing, to catch what comes out. Generally, the lost jewelry will be found within the water that falls out of it.
If the jewelry piece fell down a garbage disposal drain, things can get a little trickier. First, turn off the power to the garbage disposal. Fingers or hands should never be placed down the garbage disposal, even with the power turned off. Use tongs or another long utensil to try and retrieve the jewelry if it is visible.
If the item seems to be caught in the grinder, it’s time to call All Star Plumbing and Restoration. The garbage disposal could be damaged and in need of repair.
If the jewelry isn’t visible, there’s a chance it made its way to the P-trap once again. Follow the same instructions as above to retrieve the item.
Now, if the jewelry fell down the shower drain retrieving it can be more difficult. Remove the drain cover to determine if it is visible. If so, get a flexible retriever tool from the hardware store to grab it.
When the jewelry isn’t visible, the best things to grab is a vacuum. Turn the vacuum on the wet setting, and insert the hose into the shower drain until it hits the bottom. Remove the hose by bringing it straight up. The jewelry should fall into the vacuum tank. Just empty it and sift through the debris to find it.
Of course, homeowners who don’t want to mess with their plumbing can call All Star Plumbing and Restoration for help finding lost items in any of these drains. We’re always here to help!