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Roto-Rooter Retrieves U.S. Marine's Ring After it Was Flushed Down a Toilet

Marine Corps veteran, Rick Reyes, was devastated when the ring he inherited from his grandfather, who was also a Marine, was accidently flushed down the toilet. After several plumbing companies told Reyes it would cost thousands of dollars to find and recover his ring from his home's drainage system, a fellow Marine, now a Roto-Rooter plumber, stepped up to help.

Roto-Rooter plumber and Marine corps veteran, Avery Suelzer, was insistent on helping Reyes. Suelzer related to Reyes’ story because he too had lost his grandfather’s ring, and unfortunately it was never found. This connection made Suelzer determined to find Reyes’ ring. Suelzer and the team at Roto-Rooter of Kokomo, Indiana used their fiber optic sewer inspection camera snake to search through the plumbing until the ring was spotted and retrieved. The precious family heirloom was safely returned to Reyes. To watch a video news report about this story, go here.

Roto-Rooter is proud of our dedicated employees. Our Roto-Rooter experts are trained and ready to retrieve flushed jewelry or other mementos even after they’ve been flushed or knocked into a household drain. If you’ve lost jewelry this way, do not run water or flush toilets. The extra water could push your jewelry deeper into the drainage system and even out to the municipal sewer system. Watch our videos about how to recover jewelry from a sink drain and learn how you might be able to recover your own jewelry. If your precious jewelry was flushed down a toilet, contact your local Roto-Rooter office right away for help. Find your local Roto-Rooter here.



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