What to do if your ring falls inside the drain

Accidentally dropping down jewellery down the drain is something that might have happened to most of us. It happens when you are cleaning your ring or earring and it accidentally slips from your hand. Just imagine how you would feel when you have dropped your diamond wedding ring inside the drain. There is no doubt that you will panic because you have no clue how to retrieve it. Retrieving your diamond ring or other valuables that have got down the sink does not require a plumber to retrieve it. A few simple methods mentioned here can help you retrieve the ornament on your own. You will need a bucket, a wrench, a magnet, rubber gloves, string, soap, tongs etc. to carry out the retrieving process. A sink drain usually has a P-trap and through the P-trap you can retrieve things that go down the sink.

If some object has gone down the drain immediately close the faucet. By closing the faucet the object will remain in the P-trap and can be retrieved easily. The next step is to remove the P-trap, place a bucket underneath so that everything that falls while removing it will be collected inside the bucket. You can loosen the nuts using a wrench; after the nuts come out loose remove it with the help of your hand. Now allow the contents to flow inside the bucket you can expect hair, slime, rotten food substances that are collected inside the P-trap. Once you find the ornament replace the P-trap cap and tighten the nut. You can also try retrieving the ring using a magnet tied to a string.

What causes clogs and how to prevent it?

Generally clogged drains develop very slowly. To prevent clogs you need to know what can go through and what should not go through the drains. Sometimes clogs may develop suddenly for instance if something gets blocked inside the drain then your drain gets clogged and you will have to call a plumber to clear the clog in order to use it. There are different reasons for a clog to develop in a drain; it may be due to food particles that get stuck inside the drain, children’s toys, flushing of sanitary napkins etc. Such items should not go down the drain and have to be prevented. To avoid kitchen drain clogs you need to ensure that all the food wastes are emptied from the vessel before putting them into the sink. Also avoid pouring down oil and grease through the sink because oil and grease may harden inside the drain pipe and clog the drains. Pour hot water regularly to melt grease built up. Do not flush sanitary napkins as they can get blocked in the sewer pipe lines.

There are some clogs that are unavoidable like clogs resulting from tree roots. Only a plumber can identify such clogs and repair it. Once you understand how clogs are formed you can take the necessary precautions to avoid the clog. Train your kids and others at home to follow those instructions that will prevent clogs. A clog will eventually make your plumbing system difficult to use so it is always advisable to prevent things that will lead to clogging of drains.