Uh-oh! How to Get a Necklace Out of the Sink
If you are wondering how to get a necklace out of the sink drain, it’s safe to say you are in a bit of a panic. Take a deep breath and keep reading. The team at Mr. Rooter® Plumbing is here to put your mind at ease and offer tips to solve your dilemma.
What to Do: Necklace Down the Drain
It’s happened to the best of us. Dropping something down the drain that shouldn’t go there leaves you with a pit in your stomach, trying to figure out the best plan of action. The last thing you want is to get your hand stuck in the drain. But you also aren’t willing to give up on getting your necklace back, not to mention jewelry in the drain can lead to clogs and costly repairs.
There are a couple of different tricks you can try to retrieve the necklace. One of the most reliable ways is disassembling the drainpipe and fishing out the lost item. Because the necklace will typically sink to the bottom of the bend in the P-trap (the part of the drainpipe that is shaped like a “P”), that’s where you should begin. Here’s how to perform the task:
- Place a bucket under the bend (under the sink) to catch any water that may fall out of the pipe.
- Unscrew the slip nut at the bend (tools will be required).
- Unscrew the slip nut at the other end of the bend and slide the slip nut up and out of the way, which allows the bend to drop down and away from the sink.
- At this point, the necklace may fall out of the pipe and into the bucket, or you may have to untangle it from hair clogging up the drain. If the necklace dropped into a bathroom sink and you don’t see it, it may be caught around the drain stopper.
- Then, once you have the necklace, you can simply reverse the steps you just took to put the plumbing components back together. Inspect any gaskets or rubber washers for wear, and consider replacing them if they are not able to seal the connection.
Another possible solution for how to get a necklace out of the sink is magnetic fishing. Tie a magnet to a string and dangle it down into the drain. With this trick, you may be able to pull up the necklace without having to deal with the damp and dark sink areas or the task of disassembly. This trick will only work if the necklace is made of magnetic metal such as stainless steel. Gold, silver, and platinum are not magnetic.
When to Call the Professional Plumbers
If you are unable to retrieve the necklace, you can always call on the local experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing for assistance. The team will ensure you get your necklace back right away. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your kitchen sink plumbing is in capable hands. Their experienced technicians can help you with any kitchen or home plumbing need you may have.
Reach out to the Mr. Rooter Plumbing team today by calling, or get a free estimate for plumbing services online now.