What a meal. The ingredients were fresh, full of flavor, and the dish's fantastic aroma lingers in the air as you finish the clearing.
After packing the plates into the washer, you look to the sink to your wedding ring – but it's not there. Your subconscious mind flashes a scene where you were clearing the enchilada dish, and you must have knocked the ring down the disposal.
Great. Now what?
The disposal is one of the most convenient appliances in your home. It chews up the waste, making everything easy to get rid of when clearing away after a meal. However, from time to time, something goes down the disposal that's not supposed to. Like your wedding ring. So, how do you retrieve it?
Here are three tricks we have for helping you retrieve your ring without losing your fingers.
#1 Use a Neck Magnet
If you lose your ring, then that's not great news, but there's a quick fix for it. Since your ring features a design with precious metals, it's magnetic.
You can tape a magnet to a coat hanger and insert it into the disposal. You should feel the ring connect with the magnet and manage to pull it out of the disposal.
All it takes is a bit of time and patience, and your fishing skills will pay off.
#2 Grab the Wooden Spoon
If you don't have a magnet on hand, try using a carving fork or long, thin kitchen utensils for fishing out the ring. This strategy also might be the only option if your ring is not magnetic or you drop something else down the disposal that's plastic or glass.
Try using tongs, a wooden spoon, or another form of long kitchen utensil for fishing it out – but keep those fingers away from the blades! Keep a flashlight trained on the disposal to help you with the rescue.
#3 Check Out the P-Trap
If your wooden spoon or the magnet trick isn't doing the job, it's time to resort to drastic measures. The chances are that the ring or artifact you're trying to get made its way onto the P-trap.
The "P-trap" is the curling pipe that connects from the disposal into the sink's main drain. It's easy to find – it's the pipe that looks like a "P." This trick requires a bit more effort than the previous two methods.
You'll need to start by shutting the water off locally at the sink. If there's no immediate shut-off valve, you'll have to go to the hassle to turn off the water mains. Next, make sure you place a bucket under the trap to catch the mess.
Unscrew the nut and bolt assemble securing the P-trap to the pipework and pace them aside where you can find them later. Next, carefully remove the P-trap from the pipework, emptying the contents into your bucket.
Replace the P-trap and look for your ring in the bucket.
Save Yourself the Hassle – Call a Professional Plumber for Help
The last thing you want to do is put your fingers in the disposal. If all of this sounds like work, instead call a professional for help.