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How to Retrieve Items From a Drain

April 25, 2018

How to Retrieve Items From a Drain

It's a helpless feeling whenever jewelry or other important items fall into a sink drain. The good news is that you can get these items back. First, DO NOT run water into the drain. Next, check out the instructions below to see how to use a wet-dry vacuum (WARNING: ordinary vacuum cleaners can cause electrocution if they come in contact with water) and an old nylon stocking to save the day! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Wet-dry vac
  • Nylon stocking

Recover lost items from a drain by following these 10 steps:

  1. Turn off water
  2. Unclip the sink stopper bracket located under your sink
  3. Remove the plunger rod
  4. Remove the stopper in the sink drain
  5. Replace the plunger rod to create suction
  6. Pull nylon over the vacuum nozzle and turn the vacuum on
  7. Place the nozzle over the drain as far as it will go down for a few seconds
  8. Remove the nozzle from the drain
  9. Turn the vacuum off and retrieve the item from the nozzle
  10. Turn on water, replace the stopper and reattach the sink stopper bracket

We hope this method worked for you. If these steps weren’t successful, keep your water off and give us a call. Our plumbers are available 24 hours a day to handle your plumbing emergencies. We have industrial-grade products to help locate your jewelry and other important items stuck in the drain.

Don’t hesitate to call Roto-Rooter for fast plumbing repair at 1-800-GET-ROTO, or go here to schedule service.

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