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