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What To Do If Your Dishwasher Won't Drain

November 3, 2022 | Blog

When life gets busy, and you don’t have the time to clean your dishes, the dishwasher can be there to make your life easier. But what if your dishwasher is facing a problem that prevents you from using it? If your dishwasher is not working properly, the common cause is that it is not draining effectively.

If you are a homeowner, and you are confused about why your dishwasher is not draining, Gotelli Plumbing is here for you. We will come out to your home to assess the potential problems that your kitchen plumbing may be facing. We also will give you knowledge on how to prevent this problem from happening in the future.

Reasons Your Dishwasher Isn’t Draining

Did you know that your dishwasher is connected to your sink and garbage disposal? This means that your dishwasher drains through the garbage disposal section of the sink — a common place for food waste to clog the pipes. If the garbage disposal is blocked, the dishwasher will not drain properly.

Common causes of a clogged garbage disposal:

  • Food
  • Debris
  • Grease
  • Coffee Grounds

With these possible causes of blockage, it is important to know how to prevent a clogged drain from happening again. For example, one way to avoid this is by pre-rinsing each dish before it goes into the dishwasher, which will help eliminate food particles that may clog it up.

What You Can Do If Your Dishwasher Won’t Drain

If you believe there is an issue with your dishwasher, it is important to address it quickly and in a timely manner. Letting the problem sit can make the clog worse, which could lead to expensive repairs. To assess the issue, you must turn off your dishwasher completely first, that way you can explore what could be causing the issues in a safe way.

Home remedies that you can do yourself:

  • Run the disposal
  • Inspect the drain hose
  • Check for blockages
  • Check on the drain valve

After addressing the possible problems above, run a cycle through your dishwasher without dishes and see if the issue has improved.

How To Prevent Dishwasher Problems

You can do several things on a regular basis to prevent your dishwasher from not draining.

One thing you can do is run your garbage disposal frequently. Doing this simple task will help fight away anything in there that might be stuck in the pipes.

As mentioned briefly above, you can also pre-rinse your dishes before placing them into the dishwasher. It is crucial to remember that nothing should be on your dishes before they go into the dishwashing machine. Food particles can easily get stuck in the drain if you do not intentionally prevent it from happening.

Fix Your Dishwasher With Marin County Plumbing Repair

If your dishwasher has a clogged drain and you are confused about why, call us today to schedule an appointment! One of our Gotelli Plumbing workers will gladly come out to your home to assess the possible issue.

Our Marin County plumbing repair services are available to you at any time you need us. We care about your plumbing needs, so do not hesitate to reach out if you ever have questions about your dishwasher!

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