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    How to Get Things Out of the Drain

    May 11, 2018

    There you were, standing in the bathroom, fumbling with the ring that always stays on your finger. And then, it’s gone. Somehow, even though you’ve done this a million times, the ring slipped from your grasp and fell down the drain – just like in the movies, right? Except, this movie is real. You’ve got a problem on your hands, and it’s not going to be a fun one. The most important thing to remember is to not panic!

    You can get whatever you dropped in your drain, but it might require rolling up the sleeves and getting into some dirty work. Depending on what type of object has been lost, your strategy could end up varying significantly. However, the most reliable technicians in the Rockport area, Sigwald Service Co., have a few tips to help you figure out how to get things that went down the drain. If you’re afraid you won’t be able to get it, or if you’d just prefer to let the professionals handle it, give us a call!

    First Things First

    Before engaging in the high-tension act of trying to fish out a valuable possession, you need to prepare accordingly first. Shut off the water – and the faucet, if it was running – to prevent whatever you dropped from flowing any farther down the pipeline before it gets out of reach.

    Metal? Use a Magnet

    If what you dropped is made of metal, then a magnet could potentially work. Some products are created specifically for situations like these: try a telescoping rod with magnetization properties that will fit down the drain pipe. If that isn’t available, attaching a magnet to a string and lowering it down the drain could do the trick as well!

    And If Not?

    However, if the object down the drain isn’t metallic, a magnet obviously won’t work. In this case, you’ll need to become a bit of a DIY plumber to retrieve it the old-fashioned way.

    – Grasping tools, ones that are thin and flexible enough to go down the drain, work extremely well in these circumstances, and they’re fairly inexpensive. Just be careful not to accidentally push the object farther along.
    – A plumbing snake can be ideal as well, depending on the nature of whatever’s inside the drain pipe.

    When Push Comes to Shove

    Sometimes, unfortunately, you won’t be able to retrieve an object by sliding something down the drain. When that happens, you’ll need to disassemble the P-trap underneath the sink to finally get whatever you dropped down there out of it.

    – To do that, first take a bucket and place it under the P-trap itself. Whenever you remove it, water will fall out, and it’ll need somewhere to go.

    – Unscrew the two slip joints on either end of the P-trap and remove the trap itself, which is the U-shaped section of the drain pipe. All the gunk will, hopefully, have whatever you lost inside of it.

    Retrieving a precious object from the drain doesn’t need to be as hard as it’s made out to be, and hopefully these tips have helped you get yours back! However, if it’s still stuck, calling for professional help will be the best course of action. Sigwald Service Co. can help with all your major appliance needs, so give us a call at 361-729-1584!