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What to Do When Your Dishwasher Isn't Draining

When your dishwasher won't drain, your first instinct may be to call a handyman. However, there are some simple solutions to this situation. If you are wondering how to get rid of standing water in your dishwasher, try the following steps. If none of them work or you think the problem is more extensive, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida is ready to take on the job.

1. Run the Garbage Disposal

The water from your dishwasher goes into the garbage disposal drain through a hose. If you have a clogged garbage disposal, it may be keeping your dishwasher from draining properly. Try running the garbage disposal to dislodge that food and empty your dishwasher.

2. Clean Your Sink's Air Gap

If you do not have a garbage disposal, you should have an air gap. This is typically a stainless steel knob installed close to the sink faucet. This device works to prevent an air gap from developing in the hose that drains the dishwasher uses. Sometimes, food or other objects can choke the air gap.

Follow these steps to fix this problem:

  1. Remove the air gap by turning it counterclockwise.
  2. Check the inside for any objects.
  3. If you find any, use clean water and a brush to clean them out.
  4. Run the dishwasher again.

3. Remove Standing Water

If these solutions do not work, you will need to remove the standing water so that you can see if the problem is within the dishwasher. Follow these steps:

  1. Line the area around your dishwasher with towels.
  2. Pull out the dishwasher's bottom basin and scoop the water into your sink with a cup or bowl.
  3. When a small amount of water is remaining, soak it up with paper towels or towels.

4. Clean the Drain Basket

One critical piece of your dishwasher is the drain basket. It sits at the bottom of the dishwasher, hidden under a rounded lid. You will want to remove the cover so you can inspect the drain basket for food buildup. Make sure to clean any found items from the drain to prevent future clogs and blockages. Once you have thoroughly cleaned the drain basket, put the cover on again and run the dishwasher a second time.

5. Replace the Drain Hose

If your hose is frequently clogged or kinks up, the best solution is to purchase a new one. To replace a drain hose, you have to disconnect the dishwasher, pull it from its place and disconnect the old hose from the dishwasher and the sink. Once you have done that, you can install the new one. It is best to keep the dishwasher manual nearby for any questions you might have.

Let Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida Lend a Hand

If your dishwasher still will not drain after you have tried all these suggestions, it may be time to call in the professionals. The licensed plumbers at Mr. Rooter of Oneida are certified by Onondaga County to manage plumbing leak detection and other related projects.

To get in touch with us, give us a call at 315-363-1565. You can also request a free estimate by filling out a contact form today.