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How to Retrieve Ring from Shower Drain

*DO NOT RUN YOUR WATER*

*unplug garbage disposal or other electrical hazards near the drain*

How to Retrieve Engagement/Wedding Rings (magnetic):

  1. Immediately turn off your water supply
  2. Dry the area
  3. Unscrew the drain stopper
  4. Cut the string to about 2’ in length
  5. Tie the magnet to one end of the string
  6. If the magnet can’t be tied securely, tape the magnet to the string
  7. Go fish

Ring Drain Retrieval

If your ring isn’t magnetic, or if the magnet and string method fails you, it’s time to remove some pipes. Walk down to where the pipes are exposed below your tub, and get ready to start the real project.

How to Retrieve Rings from the Shower Drain:

  1. Immediately turn off your water supply
  2. Locate the pipe trap (the “p-trap” is the u-shaped bend in the piping)
  3. Place towel under the p-trap
  4. Place bucket on top of towel
  5. Put on your gloves
  6. Loosen the two slip-joint nuts connecting the p-trap
  7. Remove the p-trap and dump its contents into the bucket
  8. Go fish

Ring Drain Retrieval

Don’t forget to put your tub back together and turn on the water. Run the water for a minute to ensure you’ve reassembled the pipes correctly and there are no leaks. Make sure to thoroughly clean the retrieved item before returning it to use.

If your earring was not in the p-trap, it may have gone further into the drain. Your chances of retrieving the item without professional help are almost nil if that’s the case.

Milwaukee’s Sewer & Drain Experts

Call Roto-Rooter if your item can’t be retrieved with a magnet or has traveled further down your piping than the p-trap. Or call us if you just don’t trust yourself performing the above maneuvers.

We provide line-televising services, which use tiny fiber-optic cameras to show us exactly what is in your drain and where it is. Using that information, we proceed to retrieve your lost item disrupting as little area of your home or business as possible.Drain Retrieval Tools

What You Need:

  1. Bucket or other deep container
  2. Rubber gloves
  3. Pliers or pipe wrench
  4. Towels
  5. Drain guard

Optional:

Earring Retrieval Materials

  1. Magnet
  2. String
  3. Magnetic screwdriver
  4. Electrical/Duct tape

WARNING:

In the meantime, DO NOT RUN YOUR WATER through that drain. It will only push the item farther down the drain and make them more difficult to retrieve.

Contact Roto-Rooter Milwaukee today.

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