Retrieve Your Key If It Accidentally Goes Down Your Sink's Drain

Posted on: 9 March 2015

If your house key accidentally falls down your sink's drain, remove it with a few, simple steps. Knowing how to complete this task will also come in handy if your drain ever becomes clogged and unclogging agents fail to solve the problem.

Use The Following Materials

  • adjustable wrench
  • pliers
  • plastic sheeting or vinyl tarp
  • large bucket
  • scrub brush
  • soapy water
  • garden hose
  • flashlight

Remove The Trap

The trap is the oddly bent pipe that sits right under your sink. It is responsible for preventing sewer gases from entering your home. Before removing it, set up a piece of plastic sheeting or a tarp right under it. Place a bucket on top of it. This will minimize cleanup and will make it easy for you to retrieve the key. Locate the nuts on each end of the pipe. Loosen them with an adjustable wrench or a pair of pliers.

Remove the bolts and nuts and place them in a cup so that they are not lost. Put one hand on each end of the pipe and carefully pull it down. Tip one end into the bucket so that the key and any water that was trapped inside spills out.

Clean Out The Pipe

Once you retrieve your key from the bucket, clean out the pipe to remove any debris that is trapped inside. It will be easier to do this outside. Use soapy water and a scrub brush to clean the surface and the ends of the pipe. Rinse the surface off with a water hose. Spray inside of the pipe too so that any materials that are stuck on the interior walls are removed. Use a flashlight to help you see which sections have a lot of buildup on them. Adjust your hose to a strong setting to do this.

Reattach The Pipe

Line up the pipe underneath the sink. Insert the bolts and nuts by hand and begin to tighten each one. Finish tightening them with an adjustable wrench or pliers. Be careful not to over tighten them. This could cause the nuts to become stripped or create a crack in part of the pipe. Once the pipe is secure, use your sink without any worries. Avoid future problems by keeping small objects away from your sink while you are using it. Clean the trap out occasionally to prevent clogs. Using a commercial drain opener is a simple way to do this.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact a plumber in your area.

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