Retrieving Items that Fall into Sink Drain
San Diego Plumbing Company Provides Steps for Retrieval
Really? That diamond earring rolled right down the drain? Crisis!
Actually not so much. If you decide to do it yourself, a few simple steps gets that sparkling jewelry back safely in your hands. First, go get a bucket and a plumbing wrench.
The bent “u” in the plumbing here in the image is the p-trap, also called a “drain catcher.” Smart designers put these in every sink to guard against widespread human error. All kinds of people loose all kinds of things down the drain. This mistake does not always require a call to even the most affordable San Diego plumbing company but keep us in mind if you run into trouble!
Get the bucket around this bend if you have the room. If not, get ready to put it under the pipe leading from the sink as some water may come through. The two rings or “fittings” on either side of the bend come loose when turned to the left. Unscrew them in equal measure so that the p-trap drops off evenly.
Grab your bucket and place below the sink, as water will drain out from the pipe. Using a pipe wrench to loosen up the fitting to the top P-trap. Now, do the same with the P-trap bottom fitting. You might have to wiggle the pipe some until it finally comes off.
Turn the p-trap over and shake gently so all items flow out. If the item does not come out, your object may be wedged in. Get a flashlight to examine and unwind a metal coat hanger into a straight line. Slide the heavy wire into the pipe to loosen your lost treasure.
Once you retrieve the item, put the p-trap back in place. Screw the bottom p-trap fitting on first, followed by the top. Make sure you are turning the fitting easily so you are not stripping the threads, something that can cause leaking later on. You can wrap the area with plumbing tape if you are concerned about leaks.
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If you choose not to do it yourself we can help. In our 35 years handling San Diego plumbing problems, we have pulled all kinds of crazy things from sink, shower and yard drains, as well as toilets and sewers. Our experience and commitment to constant improvement and training has made us experts in drain cleaning, water heater repair and replacement, toilet repair, backflow issues and all kinds of residential and commercial plumbing! Call us at 619-472-2112 or schedule an appointment here and we will send a certified technician to handle your issue. San Diego Plumbing company coupons do not get better than Perry’s! Check out how we help your save on plumbing repair here!