How To Get Jewelry Out Of A Bathtub Drain

Posted on: 2 May 2016

Losing something precious down a bathtub or shower drain is no fun, but the good news is that the item may not be gone forever. It's often possible to get it back if you act quickly. The following guide can help you with the process.

Shut off the water

Before doing anything else, turn off the tap. If the bathtub was full and draining, plug it and bail the water out into the sink or toilet. Allowing the water to continue draining will just flush the jewelry further down the drain.

Remove the drain cover

Bathtub drains come in two varieties, those with screw-on covers and those with pop-off covers. If you can see screws, remove these before pulling off the cover. Otherwise, simply place the edge of a flathead screwdriver under one side of the cover and lever the cover off. If your drain cover is the type with a chain attached to it, which then goes down the drain to operate the plug, pull up slowly. Sometimes the jewelry will be snagged on the chain.

Use a magnet or retrieval tool

If there is any type of magnetic metal in the jewelry piece, this may be the best option. Tape a strong magnet to the end of a flexible rod, and then feed it down the drain. Special magnetic drain tools are also available. Once the magnetic snags the jewelry, you can pull it back up. If the jewelry doesn't contain any magnetic metal, you can try a claw-style tool. This tool has a small claw on the end that may be able to latch on to the jewelry so you can pull it out.

Get out the shop vac

A wet-dry shop vac is the last option you have before calling a plumber, since you likely have no access to the trap or pipes for a bathtub drain. Place the vacuum tube over the drain, creating a tight seal, and turn it on. If your vacuum hose is narrow enough, you can feed it a short distance into the drain. This will suck the jewelry out and into the vacuum reservoir so that you can easily find it. The vacuum will suck up hair, soap scum, and other debris, too, which you will need to sift through to find your jewelry.

If you still have no luck, contact a plumber company, such as A Absolute Plumbing & Heating. They have tools and strategies available that can often work for retrieving that lost piece of jewelry.


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