How to Get Jewels From a Shower Drain

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You forgot to take out your earrings before you got in the shower and now one of them has fallen down the drain. Calling a plumber will likely cost more than the jewelry itself. There are many ways you can retrieve your own jewelry from a shower drain, saving you time, money, and embarrassment. The removal process isn't difficult.

Things You'll Need

  • Wet-dry vacuum
  • Duct tape
  • Small hose
  • Screwdriver
  • Flexible retrieval tool
  • Remove the drain cover. Depending on how your shower is constructed, you may need a small screwdriver to remove two or three screws, or it may just pop out if you do not see any screws attached. To pop one out, using a screwdriver, wedge it in one of the holes or slots and pull up at an angle.

  • Suck the jewelry out of the shower drain with a wet-dry vacuum. Turn the vacuum on and insert the open end of the hose into the shower drain until it reaches the bottom. With the vacuum running, remove the vacuum hose from the shower drain. Hold the hose straight up in the air; if the jewelry is caught in the hose, it will fall into the vacuum tank. Turn the vacuum off; remove the top of the vacuum. Dump the vacuum tank's contents onto an old bath towel. Sift through the debris and find your jewelry.

  • Remove the jewelry with a flexible retrieval tool, if you can look down into the shower drain and see your gem. A flexible retrieval tool is a long spring with three or four thin wires inside. Each wire has a slit bend at the end; these bends form a small claw, controlled by a push button on the top end of the tool. Lower the claw end of the retrieval tool into the shower drain; open the claw by pushing in on the button. Position the claw over the gem and release the button slowly. This will trap the gem in the claw. Pull the tool out of the drain and push in on the button to release the gem.

  • Replace the shower drain cover. If you had to remove small screws from your shower drain, use a bit of caution; the screws can easily fall down the drain as well.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the end of the vacuum hose is too large for the drain, insert a smaller hose into it and seal the two together with duct tape.
  • You may want to consider installing a shower drain cover with smaller holes as a preventative measure.
  • Whichever method you use, do not push the jewels any farther down the drain. This will only make them harder, if not impossible, to retrieve.
  • Photo Credit jewellery image by bright from Fotolia.com
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