Standing water in your dishwasher after attempting to wash a load of dishes? Chances are your dishwasher drain is clogged. While it’s not a fun task, it’s easy enough to do by yourself.
Remove any dishes from the racks. Remove the racks from the dishwasher; you’ll need some room to work.
Next, it might be a good idea to pull out the manual to the dishwasher to properly locate the drain hose. It should be visible if you open the dishwasher door. The drain hose is what goes from the dishwasher to your garbage disposal. Once you find it, remove it and use a straight tool such as a straightened out clothing hanger to see if there’s a clog in the hose. If so, remove it and reconnect the hose.
If the dishwasher hose is free of clogs, the next place to check is the dishwasher drain. Locate the drain and remove any catch or filter. Then use the same tool as before to search for any clogs. If you find a clog, remove it. If you don’t find any clogs, try the home remedy of one tablespoon of baking soda and two tablespoons of vinegar to dissolve the clog.
Finally, put the drain catches or filters back in their places and turn the power to the dishwasher and the garbage disposal back on. Then see if the drain is working again.
In the future, prevent dishwasher clogs by scraping large particles of food into the trash and removing any stickers or labels from dishware before use. Also make sure to clean out the strainer from time to time.
If the above tips failed to solve your dishwasher drain clog problem, then the next step would be to call a local plumbing professional.
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Unclog Blog is written & published by Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling
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