The "P-trap" refers to a bend or series of bends in the pipes below your bathroom sink that keeps sewer gas from escaping through your drain. The P-trap contains a particular bend known as a "J-bend," shaped like the letter "j," that tends to collect metal objects such as rings, earrings and other pieces of jewellery. To retrieve a ring dropped down the drain requires you to disassemble the P-trap, which can usually be done without any tools due to the plastic slip nuts that hold the pipes together.
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Things you need
- Pipe cleaner
Turn off the water immediately to decrease the chances of the ring being flushed out of the J-bend.
Place the bucket under the J-bend, which is the first big bend beneath the sink. It's shaped like the letter "J." The bucket will catch any water that will leak from the J-bend when it is disassembled.
Locate the two slip nuts at each end of the J-bend. The slip nuts are usually made from plastic and connect two sections of pipe.
Use your fingers to unscrew the slip nut closest to the drain. Turn the slip nut counter-clockwise until it loosens.
Unscrew the slip nut at the other end of the J-bend, turning counter-clockwise until loose. Slide this slip nut out of the way, onto the horizontal pipe coming out of the wall.
Apply gentle downward pressure on the J-bend until it comes free. Dump the content of the J-bend into the bucket. Retrieve the ring from the bucket. If the ring is not there, it may have become caught in debris, such as hair, still inside the J-bend. If this is the case, use a pipe cleaner to retrieve the ring from the J-bend.
Wash the J-bend in another sink with warm water and then position the J-bend back into position between the two slip nuts.
Tighten both slip nuts by hand to attach each end of the J-bend to the pipes. Do not overtighten.
Run water from the faucet and check the slip nuts to ensure there are no leaks. Remove the bucket from under the sink and discard its contents.
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