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An accumulation of food, paper, and other scraps can clog your dishwasher, causing a backup. Considering the items that you put into your dishwasher, an occasional clog can be expected. A dishwasher clogged and causing a backup may be due to a clogged filter, or it could be a sign of another problem that can emerge down the line.

If water is standing in the bottom of your dishwasher, there are a few steps you can take in order to drain it. If you cannot fix the clog on your own, calling a professional will be necessary to get your drains flowing freely.

1. Clogged Filter Basket – Your dishwasher has a filter basket fitted in the drain that prevents scraps of food and other items from entering the pipes. They can be tricky to remove, but with patience, you can get it free. Grasp the basket firmly and gently pull. It needs to be cleaned routinely so that your dishes come out sparkling clean. If your Sacramento home has hard water, you may need to soak the drain basket in a little vinegar to remove the deposits because over time they can clog the holes of a dishwashers filter basket.

2. Clogged Drain Hose – If clearing the filter basket does not fix the dishwasher clog and it's still not draining then this is the next step to take as you work your way toward the main sewer drain. Your dishwasher drains through a hose that can be connected your kitchen sink drain or garbage disposal.

The drain hose can get an interior build-up of sludge, blocking it from draining. For those of you who are handy around the house, if you are cleaning the dishwasher drain pipe, take the time to clean the other drain pipes under your sink and you will be able to eliminate them as a source of your drainage issues.

3. Garbage Disposal – If you have replaced the garbage disposal recently, and your dishwasher clogged, check to make sure that the knockout plug was removed from the disposal when it was installed. If it has not been removed, it can prevent the dishwasher from draining. Removal of this plug may solve your issue.

4. Clogged Drain – A clogged drain further down the sewer line may be a reason that the dishwasher's clogged. If you have more than one clogged drain, or water is gurgling back up into the sink when your dishwasher drains, you may have more than a small clog that has nothing to do with your dishwasher.

5. Broken Sewer Line – Not what most would think of when the dishwasher is clogged, a broken sewer pipe could block all of the drains in your home. If the dishwasher, guest toilet, and shower will not drain, it's time for a professional assessment of your home or business sewer pipes.

Sewer lines can fail because they are old, pipes can separate due to shifting ground, getting sections out of alignment, or tree roots can infiltrate them. Many of the homes in Sacramento are over 100 years old with sewer lines that are made of clay, cast iron, or Orangeburg that have outlived their life cycle.

Trenchless plumbing techniques can repair and replace the older pipe and is less invasive than traditional sewer line, replacement methods. The product used to replace your sewer pipes has a life cycle of 50 years, giving you many years of carefree use.

Have You Found The Clog?

If you have done all of the above and you are still having a dishwasher drain issue it may be time to call a professional. Although the sewer system of your home quietly works in the background, when it fails, everyone is aware of the problem and it needs to be addressed immediately.

Blocked drains in a home can be a nuisance and a health risk. In a business environment, a clogged dishwasher and flooded floor can lead to the closing of your business if it is not addressed immediately, and pipes are continually clogging and causing backups contact Express Sewer & Drain for an assessment of the sewer lines of your home or business.

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Topics: Drain Cleaning, Plumbing Tips, Inspection, How To, Preventative, Clogged Drains