If you have little ones or really any “ones” – be it old ones, clumsy ones, forgetful ones or the really dreadful experimental ones you have most definitely had something washed down your sink that you really need back or that you are sure will cause a problem in the future. Have no fear! You can get it back. Well, have a little fear because who knows what else you might find when you go looking around in dark, wet places.
The thing to do immediately is to turn off the water so whatever the treasured item, it will not be washed all the way down to the sewer lines or the septic tank.
Now, if you are a woman, prepare the workspace with everything you may need:
- 1. Rubber Gloves – because, again, dark, wet places…experimental ones…who knows what else is trapped in there.
- 2. A Basin or Bucket or something – water and possibly gunk will definitely come out so it’s best to have something to catch it with.
- 3. You need something like groove lock pliers too.
If you are a man, just grab the pliers and start working, then decide later you might need other helpful items after water has already soaked everything.
After you have loosened the lower slip nut ring, then slid it up to release one end of the P-trap, do the same thing on the other side so your P-trap is completely free.
Here comes the gross part – dump your P-trap out in your basin or bucket. If you haven’t already brought one into the room, now is definitely the time to do it. You might also want to get those gloves now as you go through the gook to find what you need. Since your P-trap is already off you might as well clean it all the way out. If you can’t handle it, maybe you could get the “one” to do it so they will be more careful about what goes down the drain or maybe that would be cruel and unusual punishment…you can decide for yourself.
Just reverse the previous steps to put the p-trap back on, but verify nothing leaks by turning on the water (with the doors open and the basin still down there) before you walk away from the project.
If you have any trouble, give Carmine’s a call at 203-791-8089. We can handle any plumbing problems you or your various “ones” can create.