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It has happened to even the best of us. We fill the dishwasher with dirty dishes from dinner, start the machine and then go check on the kids or watch television in the other room. We then come back to find the floor flooded and our socks soaking wet.

Don’t panic it happens to all of us. Unplug the dishwasher or shut off the circuit breaker. Water and electricity are a dangerous combination and before doing anything, make sure that you are safe. Watch for broken dishes and clean up the water. Clear any debris from the drain gate. Wait to see if the water starts to drain.

If the water drains at this point the problem is solved. If water is still not draining from the dishwasher, it may mean that there is a problem with the hose that connects from the back of the dishwasher to the kitchen sink. Begin by using a bucket to scoop water out of the dishwasher so it can be pulled from the wall. When you can move the dishwasher from the wall, remove the hose from the dishwasher and run water from the kitchen sink into the hose. Once all is put back together the flooding should not happen again. If it does leak again in the future call Express Plumbing Heating & Air to diagnose the problem with your dishwasher.

Here are a couple of tips to prevent any other flooding:

  • Use a detergent designed for dishwashers.
  • Use the recommended amount. Less isn’t always more. If the detergent suds too much, it could cause a leak
  • Load dishes properly.
  • Improperly arranged dishes may cause water to spill through the door vent.
  • Check the gasket around the door.
  • Leaking around the door edges may signal a door gasket that needs to be replaced or adjusted for tightness.

Prevention is always the best solution, but leaks can still occur. To avoid any costly repairs and flooding check your dishwasher for food build-up or wearing hoses. Call Express Plumbing Heating & Air at any signs or leaking to service your dishwasher.

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