Why Your Dishwasher Isn’t Draining

Why Your Dishwasher Isn’t Draining

We’ve all been there before: you’re doing the dishes for the night, rinsing off the plates, and putting them in the dishwasher. You step away to do something else for a bit, but when the cycle finishes, you find that your washer is a watery mess. This is a huge pain, especially coming from a device that’s supposed to make your life easier, not harder. If this keeps happening to you, don’t ignore the problem, as it is unlikely just to get better on its own. Keep reading to learn why your dishwasher isn’t draining, and what you can do about it, courtesy of Smith’s Plumbing Services.

Top 3 Reasons Your Dishwasher isn’t Draining:

  1. Clogged Hoses: Your dishwasher’s drain hoses connect to your sink or garbage disposal, which means that when your sink or disposal becomes clogged, your hose is likely to become clogged, too. The residue that accumulates on your drain hose when this happens can turn into a nasty sludge, leaving you not only with a poorly performing dishwasher but dishes that are just as dirty as they were when you put them in. If this is happening in your home, locate your dishwasher’s drain hose (behind the unit,) and see if there is a clog that needs to be cleared out.
  2. Clogged Filters: You can find your dishwasher’s filters inside the machine, towards the back. You should see one large basket filter and one smaller mesh filter. These filters are what catch food residue as your water drains out of the unit. As a result, you will need to take them out and clean them occasionally, thus allowing water to move through your dishwasher unobstructed. If you are finding this is heaping a lot and your filters constantly need to be cleaned, you may need to look at your dishwashing habits, as this usually tends to occur when you are putting dishes in your washer that haven’t been rinsed properly and still have large chunks of food on them.
  3. Clogs Somewhere Else in Your Pipes: If you have checked your dishwasher for the above issues and found nothing, chances are the issue is not with a blockage in your dishwasher itself, but elsewhere in your plumbing system. Watch out for drainage problems throughout your home, and call a professional to see if you have a clog if this is the case with your dishwasher.

Call Our Kitchen Plumbing Experts

At Smith’s Plumbing Services, we know how to take care of clogs quickly. Whether located in your dishwasher or elsewhere in your system, our experienced plumbers offer efficient drain cleaning service to get rid of a variety of blockages. We are also experts when it comes to all things kitchen plumbing, and if your dishwasher does stop working for whatever reason, we can install a new one for you, no problem. Feel free to call us 24/7 for emergency repairs, and remember that with our excellent financing options, you always get a good deal with Smith’s Plumbing Services!

We are available by phone at (901) 290-1110, or you can contact us online.

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