How to Rescue an Item From the Sink

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Items that fall down a sink can be retrieved without paying costly plumbing fees by unscrewing the pea trap with bare hands or a wrench. Learn about using a bucket to collect debris when rescuing an item from the sink with help from a professional house cleaner in this free video on sinks and housekeeping tips.

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and I'm going to show you how to rescue an item from the sink. Most likely, the item is precious like jewelry or somethin' like that, cause you know, if it was a piece of corn you wouldn't be trying to get it out of the sink. So first of all, if you have jewelry and it's real there's no reason to take it off. It's not going to get hurt. I say don't take your rings off ever, but some people do. Some people change their rings, or leave em' sittin' behind the sink it they're going to do dishes. I don't think it's necessary, but if you want to and then it falls down the sink fist of all, I told you so. Second of all, don't call a plumber. It's going to cost a couple hundred dollars to get em' out to your house, and before you do that try to remove it yourself. There's this handy little contraption underneath your sink called a pea trap, and it's shaped like this on purpose so that if anything does fall down the sink it will land right here in this bend. So, what you want to do is grab a bucket and some gloves, cause' there might be some sludge and some water fallin' into your bucket that you don't want to get on your hands. You're going to put the bucket up underneath here, and if you can unscrew this with your hands. If not use a wrench, and once you get it unscrewed you just want to make sure the bucket's under there. A bunch of stuff will fall into the bucket, water and things, and dig around in there and see if you can find your jewelry. If not, you might want to turn this little piece upside down; shake it out. Feel around in the in the pipes and see if you can find it, and if you can't then you're probably going to have to call the plumber. If it's stuck in the garbage disposal you want to remove the rubber piece that's on the top part of your garbage disposal disposal that's really for protection so you don't get, you know, your hand down in there or anything, but you want to root remove that rubber piece, and use a magnet if it's somethin' metal that you've lost down in there. Make sure the the garbage disposal's turned off of course, but that's about it. I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and that is how you rescue an item from the sink.

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