Although it isn’t the worst plumbing problem that could happen to you, it is definitely unpleasant and inconvenient to find a sink full of water after running your dishwasher. This type of recurring problem can often be prevented and fixed with some basic cleaning and regular maintenance. The following are important things you should to know to prevent water from filling up in your sink whenever you run your dishwasher and how to fix the problem.
It is important to be aware that running water your dishwasher and sink both flows out of the same drainage line. Therefore, any blockage or clock in the main drainage line will cause water to overflow and backup in your kitchen sink. There are four places that these clogs tend to happen in: the air gap, the sink, the garbage disposal, and the dishwasher. Clog in any one of those four places of your plumbing system may result in water filling up inside of your sink whenever you run the dishwasher.
Generally speaking, it is normal for there to be a small amount of water in the bottom part of the dishwasher. It isn’t anything that you need to worry about. However, if the bottom of the dishwasher is covered in standing water then it is obviously not draining properly. You should check to see if there is anything obstructing or covering the drain in the back of the dishwasher. You should also check the dishwasher’s drain hose since they can often kink and cause a blockage. Also, make sure you use the right amount and brand of detergent for your dishwasher since it can buildup eventually and cause a clog to form.
The drain plug on a garbage disposal is another potential cause. This drain plug covers up the hole where your garbage disposal connects to the dishwasher. If it is left on, then it could result in water not draining properly from the sink or dishwasher. Usually, the problem occurs when a garbage disposal has been installed recently. To solve this problem just take the drain plug off of the garbage disposal.
One important maintenance tip for kitchen appliances and plumbing is to not treat your sink line and garbage disposal as a trash can. Knowing what items to not put down the sink (potato peels, pasta, rice, bones, etc.) can help to prevent clogs from occurring. If you follow these maintenance and repair tips it will help to ensure that you don’t have messy clogs to deal with, a dishwasher overflowing into the sink or other unnecessary inconveniences. Give Alto Sewer a call today to learn how we can help you.