It’s many people’s worst nightmare to knock their wedding rings, fine jewelry, or precious items in the sink or toilet. We’ve all had to fish out something that has fallen into the toilet at least once in our lives. And while it’s not exactly a pleasant experience, there’s no long-term heartache involved. However, if your jewelry or other priceless item falls in the sink or accidentally get flushed, don’t panic (and if you’re reading this right now, that’s probably what you’re doing)! Here’s how to rescue your lost items:

If it Falls in the Toilet

Sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but if it falls in the toilet, the easiest way to get it out is to reach in and grab it. DO NOT flush it first in case there’s something else in there with it. You may end up with clean water, but a single flush can send your ring up and out of the toilet and into another world where only plumbers go. If the bowl isn’t sanitary, wear a glove to scoop it out. Disinfect your jewelry with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.

If your jewelry fell in the toilet and you only realized it as it was swirling around the bowl, it’s too late to reach in and grab it with your bare hands. DO NOT flush it again, as it still might be sitting right inside it, especially if it’s big or heavy. With a flashlight and drain snake, you may be able to fish it out. If you can’t find it, you may have to remove the toilet. However, if you don’t know how or you’re uncomfortable with this step, ask your 24-hour plumber for help.

If It Slips Down the Drain

Immediately close the tap to prevent the item from sliding further down the sink. More than likely, your ring hasn’t bobbed along the municipal water system only to be discovered by underground sewer trolls. In fact, it’s probably sitting only inches away from your face in the P-trap. As unappealing as that sounds, the P-trap is given that moniker simply because of the way that it’s shaped. The purpose of that P-shape is to create a water seal to prevent fumes from travelling up into your bathroom. Its other function: to save the day in situations like this.

How to Loosen the P-trap:

It’s simple really! You’ll need a bucket and a pair of tongue and groove pliers if you can’t unscrew the nuts on each end of the trap with your hands. Place the bucket underneath the trap to catch any water and debris that will inevitably be stuck there. Before unscrewing the last nut, make sure you’re positioned over the bucket. Nine times out of 10, your ring will be sitting in the pipe waiting to be rescued. Before screwing the trap back together, give it a rinse in another sink.

Disinfect your jewelry before wearing it again, and you’re done! If, however, your ring is not there, you STILL don’t need to panic. That’s what a plumber is there for. Contact Priority Plumbing and we’ll help you find your missing items.