Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.
A clogged dishwasher can leave you with unwashed dishes and even a foul smell if the clogging is not solved in time. Below are the common causes of dishwasher clogging.
Clogging in the Filter Basket
The dishwasher drain channel is not meant to handle big particles of debris, such as food particles or small pieces of bones. That is why it is fitted with a filter basket that traps these big particles of food before they can go down the drain.
Of course, this means the filter basket should be routinely cleaned to get rid of the trapped items. If this is not done, then the filter basket becomes too clogged and may even prevent further wastewater from flowing down the drain. Therefore, this is one of the first things you should check if the dishwasher is clogged. Unclogging the filter basket should solve the problem.
Clogging in the Drain Hose
There are also cases where fine food particles get trapped within the drain hose and clog it. This may be pieces that are too small to be trapped by the filter basket.
The presence of sludge, oily or greasy deposits, and mineral deposits in the water can make all these fine food particles coalesce and fail to pass through the drain. In such a case, cleaning the drain hose should fix the problem immediately.
Garbage Disposal Complications
For a newly installed garbage disposal, there is also a situation where the installation of a garbage disposal leads to dishwasher clogging. This will make sense if you consider that a garbage disposal comes with a knockout plug that blocks the opening where the dishwasher should be connected to the garbage disposal. This plug should be popped out during garbage disposal installation, and it may lead to dishwasher clogging if it isn't removed.
Locate the knockout plug near the top of the garbage disposal and remove the plug. Don't forget to unplug the garbage disposal before working on it.
Clogging in the Drain or Sewer Line
Lastly, you may also think that your dishwasher is clogged while, in the real sense, the clogging is further down the line in the drain line or even in the main sewer line. If this is the case, then multiple fixtures in your house will be affected (blocked or slow draining).
Hopefully, you will be able to deal with the clogging without much effort. If that doesn't happen, however, consult a drain cleaning technician for a diagnosis and professional solution.