In your home you will have a number of sinks, bath tub drains, toilet drains, wash machine and dishwasher that send water wastes to the sewer line. Each one of these drainage lines has the potential of becoming clogged. Depending on the drains location there can be a number of different sources for the clog. Putting the focus on the dishwasher, The Original $49.95 Plumber would like to share some of the common causes for the dishwasher drainage line to clog.
Clogged Dishwasher Drain Hose
There are many components to a dishwasher and its drainage system that can develop a clog. One is the dishwasher’s hose. There is a hose that runs from the dishwasher to the garbage disposal. From the garbage disposal, the water waste then flows to the sink to the drainage pipe. Essentially, the dishwasher shares the kitchen sink and garbage disposal drainage line. The hose can often get clogged preventing the water waste to flow up and out of the dishwasher. Inside the hose clogs are most often due to food particles that have built up inside over time. This hose is usually easily accessible. It is important to clean it out every few years. If the hose develops a clog, water will remain inside the dishwasher and when you open it, the water waste can come pouring out.
Garbage Disposal Not Draining
As the dishwasher feeds the water waste to the garbage disposal and then through the drain, sometimes the garbage disposal can develop the clogs. When there is a clog in the garbage disposal, the water waste will come up and out of the sink. This can create a major mess in your kitchen. A garbage disposal has a knockout plug, which is a small piece that needs to be removed before disconnecting the dishwasher hose. Sometimes when installing a new garbage disposal the knockout plug was never removed. If this is the case the hose can burst off or the water will flow back into the dishwasher. These are the two common issue with the garbage disposal that greatly effects the dishwasher.
Blocked Drainage Line
As there are a lot of food particles that come out of the dishwasher as well as down the sink, a number of clogs are located in the drainage line. The kitchen sink is one of the most used drainage lines in a home. This drainage line often becomes clog where water will back out of the sink or dishwasher. Never pour oil or grease down the drains. This will greatly reduce clogs.
Broken Sewer Line
When there is a problem with the dishwasher draining properly, the problem can also be in the sewer line. The sewer line is the final point where the entire home’s water waste will flow through. Sewer lines can become clogged or damaged. Damages can occur from tree roots, or the ground shifting, which causes the pipe to sag. To determine why a sewer line is clogged or damaged, a sewer inspection is required. Sewer inspection uses a camera to go down the sewer line to reveal the problem.