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Sep 21 2020

Why Won’t My Dishwasher Drain?

Modern homeowners juggle a lot of responsibilities. Dishwashers offer a fast and simple way to get your dishes clean, without the need to stand over the sink for hours each week. Unfortunately, when the dishwasher refuses to drain properly, it can cause a major disruption in your family’s normal routine. At Rooter Hero Plumbing, we provide premium commercial and residential plumbing services for customers throughout California and Arizona. We understand how important it is for today’s busy households to have working pipes, fixtures and appliances. Here are a few of the most common reasons why your dishwasher might not be draining properly, and what you can do to fix the issue long term. 

Clogged Filters 

Dishwashers have two filters inside the machine that is meant to catch food and debris, a small mesh filter and a larger basket shaped filter. In many cases, a poorly draining dishwasher will have a lot of accumulated materials inside these filters. Make sure to clean these filters at least once a month with soap and water to prevent future blockages. 

Bad Hoses 

Another common cause of a dishwasher backup is a clogged hose. The dishwasher drain hose connects to the sink, and sometimes to the garbage disposal. Grease, oil and pieces of food can quickly build up inside the hose and must be removed occasionally. 

Underlying Plumbing Problems 

If you have cleaned the filters and removed debris from your drain hose, and still have major issues then there may be a problem with your plumbing system. There could be a larger clog further inside your drain line, or you may be struggling with hidden pipe damage or out of control root growth. If this is the case, then you will need to get professional care from a certified plumber. They will have the training and specialized equipment needed to thoroughly inspect your plumbing system and diagnose the exact reason for your trouble. If pipe damage, large blockages or root growth is discovered, then they will have the ability to perform a hydro jetting service, professional drain cleaning or trenchless pipe repair, so you can restore the efficiency and safety of your plumbing system as soon as possible. 

Need a Professional Plumber Who Can Solve Your Drain Issues? Call Rooter Hero Plumbing Today 

Are you fed up with your dishwasher drain? Do you have concerns about the condition of your sewer line? Get the help you need right away by calling the experts at Rooter Hero Plumbing. From plumbing inspections and leak detection services to 24 hour emergency pipe repair, our specialists have what it takes to get the job done right. Our friendly staff is always available to answer any questions you may have and can create a customized solution that works best for your needs and budget.  Contact our office for more information about our wide range of commercial and residential plumbing services, or to schedule a convenient appointment with a certified, licensed and insured plumber in your California or Arizona neighborhood. 


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