Flushing anything down the toilet other than toilet paper is an unfortunate thing to happen. Especially if the item is valuable such as a wedding ring. And even though it is a rare occurrence, it can happen to anyone. The most important thing to remember is not to panic.
There are ways to save your jewellery from being lost forever. With these handy tips, your valuables will be in their rightful place and not at the bottom of a drainpipe.
Heavy jewellery such as wedding ring may just settle at the bottom of the trap if you are lucky enough to not flush the toilet straight after.
How Can You Retrieve Your Ring From The Toilet?
If you have just finished using the bathroom and you notice that your jewellery has slipped off your finger, search the toilet bowl. If you are fortunate, the ring will be sitting in the bowl or at the bottom of the trap, and you can easily retrieve it using a wire or your protected hands.
Rings and other valuables that have gone down the bathroom or kitchen sink are easily accessible from the trap. By disassembling the trap and components, you will find the ring inside and you can simply take it out, give it a good clean and carry on with your day.
You will be very fortunate if you locate your jewellery at the toilet drain opening or inside the trap. The first piece of advice would be to not flush the toilet.
What happens if you flush a ring down the toilet?
A ring that is flushed town down your toilet may be difficult to find. It will take some time and a step by step process to access your sewer drain. Because of the strong pressure of a toilet flush, and the water, the item will get pushed down into the toilet drain.
Can you retrieve something flushed down the toilet?
In the worst case, you have flushed the toilet whilst the ring is inside the bowl. This is not an ideal situation but all is not lost. You can still try to get your ring back. By following these steps carefully, any item that is accidentally flushed down the toilet can be saved.
The first step is to shut off the water supply to the toilet cistern. This is located behind or on the wall. Turn the shutoff valve clockwise tightly and then use a container to drain the tank and bowl. Once the water is empty, move onto the next step.
Protect your hands by wearing a pair of durable gloves. Access the trap located inside the bowl. You can find the item at the opening of the trap where you can easily remove it. If it is not there, you may have to use a plumbers snake.
You can learn how to use a plumbing snake in one of our other blogs. Using an auger is easy if you know what you are doing and take the correct steps.
Carefully take your snake and feed it into the toilet drain opening. Once it hits the obstruction, turn the handle clockwise. Keep rotating the handle until you are certain it has come to some resistance. By turning the auger counterclockwise, you will remove the snake with the item attached.
You can move onto the next step if you still have not found the stuck item.
If you still have not located your ring or other item using an auger, then removing the toilet bowl is the next process. Simply remove the plastic caps covering the bolts that hold the toilet onto the floor. You can then unscrew the bolts using a wrench.
Once the bowl is loose, remove it and put it safely aside. From there you will be able to inspect the drain trap. If you still are not able to locate the jewellery, further inspection is needed.
Use your plumbers' snake and repeat Step 3. Carefully feeding the auger through the floor drain pipe. Keep rotating the drill handle until you feel resistance. It means you have hit the flushed object causing the obstruction. You can proceed to the next stage when you dislodge the item.
The first step is to block odours from escaping into your bathroom. You can place an old rag and fit it into your drainpipe. Find your properties sewer line cleanout plug which is located somewhere in the crawl space or basement.
Make sure to have a bucket placed below the plug to catch wastewater. By using a wrench, loosen the plug carefully by turning counterclockwise. Wastewater should start to drain out into the bucket.
Empty out the bucket when it fills up and continue to drain the water until the cleanout is empty.
Once the wastewater is drained, you can remove the sewer cleanout. You can then insert the auger through the sewer pipeline.
When you feel resistance, start to turn the auger handle clockwise. You can remove the snake and inspect if any item has been unblocked.
If you don't feel up to the job, you can always contact a professional plumbing team to clear your blocked drain and locate a lost ring, car keys or any other household item that may have been accidentally flushed down your toilet bowl.
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