How to Retrieve an Earring From a Shower Drain


If you are the type of person who never takes your earrings out, you may have had an instance when you lost one of your favorite studs down the shower drain. There is a way to retrieve an earring from a drain without having to dismantle your plumbing system. Shower drains often have traps near the top that catch hair and other objects; you earring most likely will be sitting near the top of the drain.

Things You'll Need

  • Wet/dry vacuum
  • Gloves
  • Immediately turn off the water. Rushing water may push the earring farther into the drain.

  • Insert the hose of a clean wet/dry vacuum into the drain.

  • Turn the vacuum on, then gently move the hose around inside the drain.

  • Open the wet/dry vacuum tank and retrieve your earring.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear gloves while looking through the wet/dry vacuum tank.
  • If you don't have a wet/dry vacuum, duct tape a piece of flexible tubing to the end of the hose on your standard vacuum cleaner. The tubing should be relatively thin and allow you to move around the trap while vacuuming up the earring.

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