How to Get a Wedding Ring Out of a Kitchen Sink Drain

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Because thousands of items have been accidentally washed down a kitchen sink, plumbers began installing drain traps to catch earrings, rings and coins before they are washed into the sewer lines. Retrieving items from a kitchen sink drain is a simple matter, and many drain traps even build in easy access!

Things You'll Need

  • Towels
  • Pan
  • Pipe wrench or lockjaw pliers
  • Remove any obstructions and items from under the sink.

  • Place a towel or two and a wide pan under the drain pipe.

  • Identify the trap, a U or J shaped curve at the lowest part of the sink drain. Check to see if there is an access plug of some type, as some traps allow access for removal of clogs and lost items.

  • Remove access plug if present. If not, loosen the trap connectors with a pipe wrench or lockjaw pliers. Water will leak as connections are loosened.

  • Unscrew both connectors and remove the trap, holding it carefully over the pan. Turn upside down and allow the water and ring to drain out. While the trap is out, clean it with a rag to lessen the possibility of clogs.

  • Replace trap and tighten both connectors by hand. Then tighten each with the wrench or lock-jaws. Run water through sink and check for leaks.

  • Tighten connections if leaking occurs. When connections are tight, wipe away spilled drain water and clean area with sanitizing cleaning. Replace items under sink and thoroughly clean ring.

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