Have you ever experienced issues concerning your dishwasher drain? Isn’t it draining properly? Does water get stuck inside the drain? Before you conclude that your dishwasher needs repair or replacement, there are actually several troubleshooting methods that you can try first. The truth is, it’s possible that the plumbing’s the issue and not the appliance. There are times when a blockage occurs inside the drain pipe which makes the water back up into the dishwasher instead get flushed away. To help you troubleshoot, here’s a do-it-yourself guide you can follow!
Check Your Kitchen Sink Drain
Is it draining or is it blocked? If the kitchen sink drain is clogged, it follows that your dishwasher is, too. So to get rid of this problem, you’ll have to unclog the kitchen sink drain first. Get a plunger and position it right on top of the sink drain. Fill the sink with water that’s enough to cover the plunger’s rubber part. Once done, start to plunge up and down, maintaining a steady pace. Do this for about 15 to 20 reps and then test if the clog has been washed away. Otherwise, use a plumbing snake.
Remove the sink screen trap to gain access into the drain pipe. Insert the snake into the drain and turn the crank clockwise a few times to maneuver it in. When it touches the clog, keep on turning the crank and pushing the snake to break through the blockage. You know that you’ve removed the clog when you no longer feel any obstruction inside the pipe. Pull the plumbing snake out and dispose the waste that you’ll hook out.
The Garbage Disposer
If you have a garbage disposer, it’s drain is most probably connected to the dishwasher drain, too. With that being said, make sure that the garbage disposer drains properly and is not clogged at all. To prevent the build-up of food and grease inside the disposer, run the appliance with plenty of water.
The Air Gap
If you notice that water seeps out of the air gap whenever you’re using the dishwasher, this indicates the presence of clog. To solve this problem, remove the air gap’s cap, identify the large tube that’s connected to the garbage disposal unit and detach it. Inspect and clear the tube for any debris build-up.
The Dishwasher Drain
Now this is an obvious part to check. While the air gap is removed, check the connection between the garbage disposer and the drain tube. Insert a screwdriver into that small hole and make sure that there’s no sediment buildup in there.
The Drain Tube
Lastly, you should also check the drain tube. Disconnect it from the air gap and remove any debris inside.
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