Picture this: you’re rinsing dishes after a delicious meal — you grab the dish soap, squirt a little onto a sponge and start scrubbing. Suddenly, you feel your necklace come loose and before you can stop to secure it, it slides right off your neck and down into the drain. Before you panic, take a deep breath and know that there is in fact, a way for you to retrieve it.
There’s a chance your necklace has some magnetivity so before you get down and dirty unscrewing some of the drain’s components, grab a magnet and see if you can attract it. If that works, all you need to do is lift up and voila, your necklace can be placed back around your neck.
If you don’t have a magnet handy, or if you tried step 1, but your necklace isn’t magnetic, turn off the water supply. You’ll want to do this before you start messing with the p-trap.
Once you locate the p-trap (the U-shaped) pipe underneath the sink, use a large channel lock or a pipe wrench to loosen the slip nuts on either side of the trap.
We suggest placing a small budget underneath the trap before disassembling it as there’s a good chance some water will leak out. But once you remove the trap, your piece of jewelry should be visible.
Re-assemble the p-trap and tighten up those slip nuts. Then sit back and marvel at the fact you were just able to retrieve a valuable piece of jewelry all on your own!
If none of the above steps allows you to retrieve your jewelry, you can always call in a plumber for backup! Give the experts at Hero Plumbing, Heating & Cooling a call at (612) 324-1004.