How to Get a Ring Out of Your Drain Before Calling a Plumber
Did your ring fall down the drain? You know how frustrating trying to remove it can be. It does require some effort, but it is worth trying the following steps before calling a plumber.
Turn off the water supply: Before attempting to remove the ring, turn off the water supply to prevent water from flowing down the drain.
Gather necessary tools: You will need a pair of pliers or tweezers, a flashlight and gloves to protect your hands.
Check the trap: Locate the drain trap, which is a curved section of pipe beneath the sink. Use a wrench or pliers to remove the trap carefully. Check if the ring is visible inside the trap. If it’s there, remove it with the pliers or tweezers. If not, move to the next step.
Use a wire hanger: Take a wire hanger and straighten it out. Bend one end into a hook shape and insert it into the drain. Gently maneuver the hanger around until you feel the hook latch onto the ring. Carefully pull the hanger back up and the ring should come out.
Use a vacuum cleaner: If the hanger method does not work, try using a vacuum cleaner. Cover the end of the vacuum cleaner’s hose with a piece of cloth or pantyhose, secure it with a rubber band, and place the end into the drain. Turn on the vacuum and try to suction the ring out.
Use a lubricant: If the ring fell down the drain and you’re try using a lubricant like petroleum jelly or cooking oil to loosen it. Apply the lubricant around the edge of the ring and use the pliers to twist and turn it gently. The ring should come out smoothly.
If you have tried all these methods and the ring is still down the drain, it’s time to call a professional plumber. Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric has trained plumbers who can retrieve your ring or help with any other plumbing problem you may have.