How to Retrieve an Earring from a Bathroom Sink Drain

How to Retrieve an Earring from a Bathroom Sink Drain


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


What You Need:

Drain Retrieval Tools

  • Bucket or other deep container
  • Rubber gloves
  • Pliers or pipe wrench
  • Towels
  • Drain guard


  • Earring Retrieval Materials

  • String
  • Magnetic screwdriver
  • Electrical/duct tape


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.

How to Retrieve Magnetic Earrings:

  1. Cut your string to about 2’ in length
  2. Tie the magnet to one end of the string
  3. If it can’t be tied securely, tape the magnet to the string
  4. If the item is visible, you may be able to use the screwdriver for retrieval
  5. Remove the drain stopper if there is one
  6. Go fish

If your earring isn’t magnetic, or if the magnet and string method fails you, you’re going to need to remove some pipes. Empty out any supplies below your sink before starting this project.

How to Retrieve an Earring from a Bathroom Sink Drain:

  1. Turn off the water supply to the fixture you’re working on
  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

If you found your earring or other item, remember to put your sink back together and turn on the water. Run it for a minute to check for leaks and thoroughly clean the item before using it again. If it wasn't in the p-trap, it may be difficult to retrieve without professional help.

Earring Drain Retrieval


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Call Roto-Rooter's 24/7 emergency service 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. Roto-Rooter is available at all hours to come to straight to your house. 

You will save time and money by having one of our professionals expertly locate the item and remove it without unnecessarily taking apart or damaging your system.

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

Preserve your peace of mind knowing you’ll get your item back, and it may be a quick fix for Roto-Rooter. We deal with these types of situations all the time and will treat yours as the genuine emergency it is. Roto-Rooter is always ready and willing to help Waukesha residents with any problem they have.

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