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Clogged Dishwasher Tips

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Need to know how to deal with that clogged dishwasher? Before you call the plumber or resort to washing those dishes by hand, here are a few tips for solving the problem yourself.

First Things First

Flip the switch on your garbage disposal and see if it's working. The plumbing between your disposal and your dishwasher is connected, so if neither is working well, the problem probably lies elsewhere. However, if your disposal is working fine, then odds are the problem is with your dishwasher.

The Easy Stuff

Check the drain of your dishwasher to see if it is clogged with food or debris. If you can spot the clog, use a paper towel to clear it out. If your dishwasher still won't drain, try using a wire coat hanger to clear out some of the hard-to-reach drain holes.

Check the draining hose behind the bottom panel of the dishwasher. If the hose is folded or kinked, do your best to untangle it and see if that fixes the problem. If there's a clog in the hose, you'll probably need to replace it.

The Filters

The last thing to check in your are the filter. This can be a relatively unpleasant task, so at this point, you might want to go ahead and call a plumber. If not, then slip on some rubber gloves and lay on!

Empty the dishwasher and take out the racks. Use a screwdriver to remove the draining basket from the drain. Clean the basket, rinse it thoroughly, and screw it back into place.

Once you've cleared the clog out of the dishwasher, replace the racks. Pour a cup of white vinegar into the dishwasher and run it through an empty cycle.

If All Else Fails

If after all this your dishwasher still won't drain, it's time to call a professional. A qualified plumber should be able to get that clogged dishwasher back up and running in no time. If you need help locating a qualified plumber in your area, Superpages.com is the place to find one.

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