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How to Get a Ring Out of a Bathtub Drain

on Jul 7, 2017 12:21 PM

Water going down bathtub drain

All too often we get phone calls that start out, “I was taking a shower, and ...”

What comes next? You guessed it - a story about how a piece of jewelry was suddenly washed down the drain.

The simplest way to avoid a lost ring down the drain is to not wear jewelry in the shower. But, accidents happen, and we're here to help.

How to Get a Ring Out of a Bathtub Drain

1. Turn off the shower.

2. Unscrew the strainer and use a flashlight to try to spot the diamond.

3a. Take a wet/dry vacuum, empty the canister, then gently vacuum inside the top of the drain. You should suck your ring up into your vacuum.

3b. If you don’t have a wet/dry vacuum, try using a hanger reshaped into a hook. Dip the hook into the drain and attempt to fish out the ring.

If after all that sweat (and no doubt tears), you’re STILL not able to retrieve your jewelry, it may be time to file a claim with your insurance company.

Haven't insured your ring yet? We can help with that too. Check out our Buyer's Guide to Jewelry Insurance or skip right to a free quote.

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 Editor's Note: This post was originally published April 14, 2011 and has been updated.

Comments

Someone broke in my house and stole my ring

Angel jacobs

Angel, I'm sorry your ring was stolen and hope you are okay. In addition to alerting police, if you're ring is insured, notify your insurance carrier to file a claim. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 888-884-2424 or email [email protected].

Jessica VandenHouten

Fantastic Blog. I really appreciate the insight here in this post and confident it’s going to be helpful to me and many others. Thanks for sharing this informative blog here.
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John Smith

Thanks for reading, John. We hope tips like these keep you coming back to the Jewelry Box blog for more!

Jessica VandenHouten

I lost my ring down our garden tubs drain while washing the dog any suggestions

Shannon Masker

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Shannon - I'm sorry to hear you lost your ring! If you've tried the wet/dry vac and hanger methods already, your next step is to try a plumber. If your ring is insured, you may want to weigh the cost of a plumber versus the deductible on your policy. Good luck!

Chelsea Drusch

I lost my earring down the bathtub drain a few days ago and have avoided telling my parents because I'm afraid they'll get mad (they were a Christmas present). Any ideas for getting it out without doing anything suspiscious, or should I just come clean and get help from them?

Catalina Robinson

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Catalina - Sorry to hear about your earrings! It's always best to act quickly in instances of loss, so if you don't feel comfortable trying any of the strategies in this post, I'd recommend enlisting help right away. Good luck!

Chelsea Drusch

I heard something fell while in the shower on Monday (3 days ago) and only realised that it was my wedding ring. Is there any way i'll be able to retrieve it 3 days later?

Charlene Burger

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Charlene - You can try the method outlined in this post and perhaps it got caught somewhere, but I'm not sure how great the chances are. Losing your jewelry is the worst feeling. I hope you're able to find it! (And hope it's insured!)

Chelsea Drusch

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