What To Do With A Dishwasher Drain Clogged With Food

dishwasher drain cloggedHave you ever experienced scraping food off your dirty dishes and then loading them into your dishwasher only to find out that it won’t drain? Now that’s an inconvenience, isn’t it?! Instead of cleaning up early and moving on with your daily grind, you’re left with a dishwasher still filled with soap and water. Now don’t get paranoid because a broken unit is the worst case scenario. There’s a possibility that the issue lies only on your very plumbing. So today, we’ll help you sort the problem out by giving you this DIY guide on how to fix your drain.

1. First things first! To check if your drain is fine, get to your sink and run water on it. If it’s not draining properly as well, then that’s the very problem. Since it the sink drain is clogged, your dishwasher drain is also affected!

2. Turn your garbage disposer on and run it. Does it work perfectly? If it doesn’t, it’s affecting your dishwasher drain negatively, too. You see, the dishwasher is commonly installed to drain through the disposer.  So when your garbage disposal system is all jammed up or clogged, expect problems with your dishwasher drain too. Anyway, run the disposer with plenty of water to clear the debris that has accumulated inside the system.

3. Another thing that you can do to fix the issue is to clean the air gap. If you see water coming out all over the counter or through the air gap whenever you use your dishwasher, there’s probably some sort of blockage in between the gap and the garbage disposal. What you can do is detach the air gap cap; find the large tubing that’s connected into the disposal system and remove it. If there’s any build-up inside the pipe, get rid of it.

4. Once done, you have to check the drain connection, too. Check the drain tubing and the garbage disposal. While you’ve taken the air gap pipe out, you can also examine if there’s a clog at the opening of the garbage disposal. Get a screwdriver and insert it into the opening of the drainpipe. Wiggle it around to ensure that it’s clear of debris.

5. Clean the dishwasher drain tube. Detach it from the air gap and verify that it’s not plugged. Examine the pipe and check for any build-up inside. Clear it out before reconnecting it.

We hope that you learned how to fix a dishwasher drain clogged with food and debris through our blog post. Should your DIY skills fail, just look for the most dependable plumbing professionals in the US! Plumbers 911 delivers exceptional and affordable plumbing services in the US including kitchen remodeling, faucet repair, leak detection, plumbing fixture installation and many more!

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Posted on: June 10, 2015