Can I Retrieve Items That Fall Into My Sink Drain?

Are you worried that you will have to go rooting around through the sewers to find a valuable ring, coin, or other object that you dropped into your sink drain? First things first — relax; your items most likely are not lost forever, and you probably won’t have to go anywhere near the sewer to retrieve them. 

Follow this step-by-step guide to retrieve lost objects from your sink drain:

How to Retrieve Objects that Fall Into Your Sink Drain

Step 1: Turn Off the Water

Your first order of business is to shut off the water in your home. This will prevent your item from being flushed further into your plumbing system. You can also simply refrain from turning the faucet on, but it’s better to be safe than sorry if this item is truly important to you. 

Step 2: Clear Space Under the Drain

Once your home’s water is turned off, remove any cleaning supplies or other items that are stored under the sink — you will need the extra space for the steps that follow. 

Step 3: Place a Bucket Under the P-Trap

We’ve included an illustration of what the average p-trap looks like (below) in case you are unsure where it is located. You’ll want to have a bucket underneath your p-trap to contain any water — or valuable objects — that gets released later in this process. 

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Step 4: Remove the Drain Plug

Not sure how to remove your drain plug? The following infographic provides step-by-step instructions for removing a drain plug:

Once your drain plug has been removed, it’s time to make your first retrieval attempt. 

Step 5: Check in the Drain for Your Item

Now that you have unrestricted access to your sink’s drain pipe, you can use various tools to make your first attempt at retrieving the object. You can use a long, narrow grasping tool or a magnet on a string if the object is made of metal. 

If you still can’t find the object you are looking for, don’t panic just yet — there’s a good chance that the item is lodged in your sink’s p-trap. 

Step 6: Empty Your P-Trap Into the Bucket & Start Searching

You might want to wear a face mask (or nose plugs) for this step, as the p-trap’s primary job is to prevent raunchy sewer gasses from entering your home. The p-trap is designed to trap a relatively small amount of water in the drain, creating a liquid barrier between your home and the stinky sewers that lie beneath it. 

This is where that bucket comes into play — drain the contents of your p-trap into the bucket, and start searching for your missing object! You may have to get your hands dirty here and sift through miscellaneous gunk that could be covering up the item. If you’d prefer not to do that, our team of plumbing contractors in Warminster, PA, can unclog any drain for you. 

Contact Express Drains for Help Finding Your Missing Item

If you’ve done all of this to no avail, and you are sure that the object isn’t lodged in the pipes you removed, it’s time to call an expert for help. Fortunately, we have an entire team of emergency drain service technicians in Warminster, PA, and they are standing by to help you find your missing item. Contact us today for help finding valuable items that have fallen into your sink drain!

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