We can be reminded very quickly how essential they are to our lives should our dishwasher ever break down, though it is hard to remember a time when dishwashers were not in the majority of homes across the United States. You can be given a major wake up call to have those added layers of inconvenience back into your life by washing dishes by hand. It not only takes longer but uses more water. When a dishwasher is not working the way it should, we really take notice. It is possible the dishwasher may require replacement in some instances, however, in many situations it is likely the dishwasher drain. Today, we at The Original $49.95 Plumber would like to offer some tips to prevent your dishwasher drain from backing up below.
Pre-rinse Dishes Before Dishwasher
It is in your better interest to scrape off the excess food or solids before loading your dishes into the dishwasher though most modern dishwashers are capable of washing dishes without rinsing them off first. These solids get rinsed off the dishes during the wash cycle, however, they need to go somewhere. Before they hit the drain, newer dishwashers may filter these solids. However, the filter or drain basket can still clog and cause water to back up in the bottom of the dishwasher.
Clean Dishwasher Drain Basket
Located inside the dishwasher that’s designed to catch solids and other food particles. Modern dishwashers have a filter or drain basket. This basket is designed to be removed and rinsed regularly. Consider rinsing your dishes prior to loading, even if the manufacturer claims you don’t need to in the event you notice a buildup of food on the drain basket.
Standing Water in Dishwasher
There are times where the water fills efficiently but will not drain well. This indicates you either have a clog in the dishwasher drain basket, the dishwasher drain, or a kink in the dishwasher drain hose. Below are a few suggestions to try in the event the water is not draining from the dishwasher.
1) Operate the garbage disposal. Connected from the dishwasher to the garbage disposal drain is the drain hose, which is a ribbed, plastic hose. It may prevent the dishwasher from draining on the event the food in the disposal drain. To help clear any potential blockage in the drain hose, turn the water on and run the garbage disposal for 15-20 seconds.
2) Look for kinks in the drain hose. The water from draining out of the dishwater can be prevented by the drain hose may possibly have a kink. Though this repair may be better suited for a professional plumber, you may be able to see the hose under the dishwasher.
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Should the drain continue to give you problems, call The Original $49.95 Plumber. Our certified plumbers have the expertise and powerful equipment to ensure the drains are efficiently and effectively cleaned. We are readily available to provide exceptional drain cleaning services to ensure your New York home’s drains are operating efficiently.