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When You Lose Things In The Plumbing

Losing jewelry down the sink or toilet is horrifying no matter what type of plumbing system you have. Maybe it fell off the edge of the sink or somehow slipped off your finger and into the toilet. If you are lucky, your ring or another item can be retrieved, either by you or by a plumber. Do not panic, your beloved item may not be permanently lost.


When something you value goes down the sink, the first thing to do is check the p trap, that curved part in the pipe under the sink. Turn off the water and get a bucket. You will probably want a pair of gloves as well. Unscrew the p trap bolts, either by hand or using a plumber’s wrench. Then dump the contents into a bucket. If you are lucky, you will be able to fish your jewelry out of the muck.

If you flush something, retrieving it may be more difficult. First, put on the protective gloves, grit your teeth, and reach into the trap as far as you can. It’s possible that your item will have lodged within reach, and you’ll be able to snag it. If you can’t reach it, you will need to remove the toilet. First, you’ll need to turn off the water to the toilet. Then you’ll need to flush the toilet to get out as much water as possible. You will need to unscrew the toilet from the floor and have someone else help you lift it. In fact, you may need to flip it over and shake it, certainly not a job for one person. If fortune is smiling on you, your ring or another item will fall out of the toilet.

Septic Tank

If you can’t find the item using the above methods, you may be out of luck, particularly if you are hooked up to a municipal sewer system. If you have a septic tank, you may still have hope. You will need to have someone pump out your system, but you will need to specify that you want the content “field applied.” If you cannot find your lost item at the bottom of your septic tank, then you can go where the sewage will be spread and fish for it there. Of course, you have to decide how far you want to go in this quest.

If you lose something you love down the drain, you may be able to get it back. It will take some work and dedication to do so, but if you persevere, all may not be lost.

For more information, contact a professional in your area or visit a website like http://www.newportnewsvaplumbers.com.