You were nonchalantly washing dishes when it happened. One second it was there, the next it was gone. You have washed your wedding ring down the drain along with water and soap. What should you do? You need to get it out of there. Relax! You can save your ring with the use of a few household tools and the following instructions.

You Will Need:

  • A bucket
  • A wrench
  • Gloves

Getting Ready

Most kitchen sinks have piping systems where underneath your sink is a pipe that is has a bend in it. This pipe is called the P-Trap. The ring should be trapped inside the crook of that pipe. The first thing you should do is turn off the water so that the ring does not make it past the P-Trap.

Grab your bucket, and stick it underneath the P-Trap pipe. You are going to remove this pipe, and all the gunk that has been washed down your sink may be in there too. There may also be water, so be prepared.

Removing The P-Trap 

Using your wrench, loosen the slip nuts that are on each side of the P-Trap. You should be able to unscrew them by hand after they have been loosened. Slowly remove the P-Trap so that the contents do not spill all over the place. Tip the side of the pipe, and dump the contents into the bucket.

Now you will need to start your search. Put on a pair of gloves so you do not get dirty, and start looking through the material and water that you had put inside the bucket. Is it there? If so, great! If not, you will need to clean the P-Trap further to see if it is embedded inside.

Cleaning the P-Trap And Reassembling Your Sink

Rinse the P-Trap (in another sink with the drain completely covered so this problem doesn't just move to another sink), and use some hot soapy water to run through the pipe to see if the ring is somewhere stuck in sludge on the side of the pipe. Hopefully by now you have found your ring.

Place the slip nuts back on each side of your newly cleaned P-Trap pipe, and place it back underneath your sink drain. Use your wrench to tighten it back into place. Slip your ring back on your finger, and leave those dishes for your spouse to wash. Plumbing can be difficult, so calling a professional may be your best bet.