When you consider how much food and scraps we put into our dishwashers and down our drains, it’s not unexpected that things can back up every now and then. Your dishwasher not emptying is a common sign of clogged drains in your kitchen.
If you see a lot of standing water at the bottom of your dishwasher, there are a few things you can try before hiring a professional.
Reasons Your Dishwasher May Be Clogged
Here are five possible explanations for a dishwasher clog.
1. Clogged Drains
A clogged drain in your home is an indication that something is clogged deeper down the sewage line. In many circumstances, it is unrelated to your dishwasher.
If there is a clogged drain deeper down the sewage system, your dishwasher may not drain properly. If you have more than one clogged drain in your home, or if water gurgles back up into the sink while your dishwasher drains, you may have a more serious clog that is unrelated to your dishwasher.
2. Clogged Drain Hose
Your dishwasher drains via a hose that may be attached to the drain in your kitchen sink or waste disposal. The interior of the drain hose might accumulate muck, causing backups and obstructions.
If the dishwasher drain pipe and other drain pipes under your sink are the source of your drainage problems, cleaning them will remove the obstruction.
3. Clogged Filter Basket
A filter basket installed in the drain of your dishwasher prevents food scraps and other objects from entering the pipes. The filter basket must be cleaned on a regular basis to ensure that your dishes are sparkling clean.
If you have hard water, you may need to soak the drain basket in vinegar for a few minutes to remove the deposits. This keeps your dishwasher filter basket’s holes from becoming clogged.
4. Garbage Disposal
If the knockout plug was not removed when the disposal was installed, new trash disposal installations can cause your dishwasher to become blocked. Removing this plug will almost certainly solve your dishwasher clogged problem.
If your garbage disposal is older, the items you’ve been disposing of may be the source of your problem.
5. Broken Sewer Line
Most people do not believe that a broken sewer line can produce a blocked dishwasher. A broken sewer line, on the other hand, might clog all of your home’s drains.
If your dishwasher, guest toilet, or shower will not drain, it’s time to get your house or business’s sewer pipes inspected by an expert.
How to Unclog Your Dishwasher?
Once you’ve determined that you have a clogged dishwasher, you may begin attempting to resolve the problem on your own.
1. Determine the Source of the Problem
The most common cause of dishwasher blockages is improper use. For example, some dishwasher users do not properly dispose of food and cooking oils, causing pieces and oils to become trapped within dishwasher drain pipes.
Examine the area around your dishwasher and kitchen sink drains. Before you leap in to address a problem that isn’t there, make sure it’s a clog.
2. Get the Right Plumbing Tools
Once you’ve properly identified the cause of your dishwasher clog, make sure you’re well-equipped to unclog your drains. Some tools you may need include a bucket, drain snake or auger, baking soda, and vinegar, gloves, Phillips head screwdriver (to remove drain grates).
3. Gain Access to the Dishwasher Drains and Remove Debris
To be safe, make sure your dishwasher is turned off or disconnected.
Begin by removing the dish racks from your unit and locating the drain grate. This should be someplace at the bottom of your device. A standard screwdriver may be used to remove the grate. To clean debris from the pipe, use a drain auger or a de-clogging flush. We advocate using a natural solution, like baking soda and vinegar, rather than chemicals, because using chemicals on a regular basis might actually harm your drains rather than heal them.
Reinstall the grate and dish racks. Restart your dishwasher to determine whether the performance issues have been rectified.
When Should You Call a Plumbing Professional?
While do-it-yourself plumbing chores are a terrific way to save money, some dishwashing clogs necessitate the services of a professional. If you don’t have the necessary equipment to remedy the problem, or if you suspect that the performance issues with your dishwashing unit are caused by something other than clogging, contact a professional.
Plumbing specialists can discover the specific cause of drain damage in your property using high-quality video inspection technologies. Then, they can determine the most feasible and cost-effective repair choice for your plumbing problems.