What to do When You've Dropped Your Wedding Ring Down the Drain

September 01, 2016

Oops, your ring fell down the drain. You're in a panic and looking for solutions. We'll get straight to the point. Follow these steps and you will have your ring back in no time.

Finding Your Ring

Step 1:
Stop the water flow. Running water down the drain will make it much harder to find.

Step 2:
Find the sink's P-Trap. The P-Trap is found underneath the sink, look for a curved section of pipe. As a precaution, put a bucket underneath it for easy clean up in case there are water spills.


It is common for your ring to be sitting at the bottom of the J-Bend in the P-Trap, as shown below.


Step 3:
Find the slip nut. To the right of J-Bend you will see something that looks like a washer, that is a slip nut. If your home is older your pipes may not have this, you will need to instead remove the P-Trap with wrenches.

slip nut

Step 4:
At the J-Bend, unscrew the slip nut and let the slip nut hang loosely.

Step 5:
Find the second slip nut. This slip nut will be to the left of the J-Bend. Unscrew this slip nut while holding the P-Trap so that it doesn't fall down.

slip nut

Step 6:
Get your ring back!

wedding rings

Step 7: Tighten up both slip nuts and run water through the pipes to make sure no leaks were created.

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Last Updated: July 06, 2023