Drain, Drain Stopper, Drainpipe, Faucet, Grabber Claw, Magnetic Telescoping Wand, P-trap, Pivot Rod Arm, Sink, Water

Have you ever lost a beloved ring, precious jewelry, or other meaningful item down the sink drain? If you have, you know how heartbreaking it can be! Maybe that’s why you’re here, searching for answers on how to retrieve your lost ring. Well, you’re in luck! We understand the seriousness of the situation and want to assist you. This guide will help you navigate the retrieval process and overcome your sink-drain dilemma. So, whether you’re currently facing this plumbing predicament or want to be prepared for the future, continue reading for the step-by-step instructions from your trusted experts at Lancaster Plumbing & Drain.   


If you accidentally drop something down your sink drain, immediately turn off the sink faucet and keep it off until you resolve the issue and retrieve the item. It’s important not to risk pushing it further down into the mainline. Usually, small items like rings get stuck in the P-trap and stay there unless you take action to retrieve them. Just make sure not to turn on the water and let it flow through the pipes before you get the issue resolved. 


By now, it’s likely that you’ve already removed the drain stopper (if your sink has one) to look down the drain. If you haven’t, gently take it out to gain quick access to the drain. In case the drain stopper doesn’t come out easily, look under the sink and unscrew the pivot rod arm connected to the sink’s drainpipe. You might need a wrench or pliers to twist it off. You can also use a flashlight or your phone’s selfie mode for better visibility. Once you’ve loosened that part, check if the drain stopper comes out. If it does, proceed to step three.  


Have you ever heard of a grabber claw? It’s this handy tool that can really make the whole experience a little less intense. This innovative four-pronged thing is designed to fit into those narrow spaces, like a sink drain, so you can easily grab and remove blockages. And in our case, it could potentially help us retrieve your lost item. You should totally be able to run into any home improvement store and grab one at your convenience. With just a little bit of patience and the help of a grabber claw, you might just be able to pull yourself out of that sink drain drama and get your ring back in your hands! 



Still looking for another option to retrieve your ring or lost item? Well, you’re in luck. Another option you may want to consider is a telescoping magnetic wand. These wands are handy because they are both magnetic and extendable, making them useful in situations just like this one. However, it’s important to note that they won’t work on silver or gold rings or jewelry since silver and gold are not magnetic. 



Let’s get a little creative. Do you have a shop vac? If so, this method might be right for you! Take your shop vac and cover the end of the nozzle with a nylon stocking. Hold the nozzle firmly, position it directly over the sink drain, and turn on the shop vac. With some luck, your ring or other item will be sucked up and caught by the nylon net. You can then retrieve it easily.    



Next up is the P-trap method. Yes, we’re heading straight to the source. The P-trap is the curved section in your drainpipe that resembles the letter P. Its purpose is to hold water, effectively preventing toxic and foul-smelling sewer gas (like methane) from entering your home. Plus, the P-trap also helps to catch stray items, just like the situation we find ourselves in now. 

The P-trap is located under the sink and is typically made of metal or PVC. To retrieve your lost item, follow these steps:  

  1. Place a bucket or container under the P-trap to catch any water or debris. 
  1. Carefully loosen the two nuts positioned above and below the trap. 
  1. Once both nuts are loose, remove the P-trap and empty its contents into the bucket. 
  1. Congratulations! You should now have your ring or item back in your hands. Well done! 

After completing the task, remember to put everything back firmly in its original place. This includes the drain stopper, pivot rod arm, and the P-trap. In the world of retrieving lost rings, precision and patience are crucial. We hope this blog has helped you turn a potentially disastrous situation into a successful rescue mission. If not, we are always here to assist you. Whatever plumbing needs you have, we’ve got you covered! 

Reach out to Lancaster Plumbing & Drain today at (740) 796-8998, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!