Dishwashers are a great appliance they allow you to go on about your day while it goes hard to work at cleaning your dishes. Though like many other appliances through regular it can have some problems. One of the most common problems is clogs. Dishwasher clogs can be nuisances but are bound to happen, just think of all the items that you put in your dishwasher. There are can be quite a few different reasons for dishwasher clogs from something a minor as a clogged filter to a broken sewer line.
Though it may not seem like it the garbage disposal may be the cause of your clogged dishwasher, especially if it is a new one. When a garbage disposal is installed it has a knock plug. This is a little piece that sits the port where the hose connects. If this knock plug isn’t removed after installation then your dishwasher won’t drain. No worries though because this is a very simple fix! Grad some pliers, remove the hose, pull the plug, re-attach the hose, and you’re done!
Clogged Filter basket
Though you may not know it your dishwasher has a filter basket. This is within the drain of your dishwasher and it prevents large food scraps and other items from getting into your pipes, though this filter can get clogged. Its generally recommended to routinely clean your filter to help prevent this. Once you have removed the filter from your dishwasher, throw out any items within it and then soak it in vinegar. Then rinse it off with some hot water and your filter basket should be flowing like new.
Clogged Drain Hose
If after clearing the filter basket and you’re still having issues then next is to look at the drain hose. The Interior of these hoses can build up with sludge and block your dishwasher from draining.
Another potential cause for your dishwasher clog may be a clog further down the sewer line. Some ways to detect this is that if you have more than one clogged drain or if you hear water gurgling back up into the sink.
Broken Sewer Line
When you have a clogged dishwasher you may not be thinking about how your sewer line is effecting it but if you have multiple drains clogged this may be the issues. Sewer lines can fail for a multitude of reasons such as shifting ground or tree roots breaking into them. If you suspect a broken sewer line its best to call an expert for an assessment