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DIY Dishwasher Draining Guide

You head over to your dishwasher, open it, and once again, there is water pooling at the bottom of your appliance. You’ve tried running it again and again, and still no luck—there is water accumulating at the basin. So, how do you fix this predicament?

We here at Brownie’s Septic & Plumbing are here to help! This step-by-step guide will get your dishwasher back up and running in time for the dinner dishes!

Here is what you need to do:

Remove The Dishes

Make sure your dishwasher is completely empty before you begin the draining process, as certain parts of the dishwasher will be inaccessible if you leave it loaded.

Turn Off Power & Water

Never work on an appliance when it is connected to power, or if the water line is still live. Simply unplug your dishwasher or shut off the electrical circuit that supplies power to your appliance to cut the power.

In order to turn off the water, check under your kitchen sink and locate the braided stainless-steel piping. There should be a valve attached to this flexible tubing that controls your water supply. Turn that valve to the right and your water supply will be terminated.

Remove The Pooled Water

Before you begin removing the water, place a towel at the base of your appliance to protect your flooring. Then, use a cup to scoop the water out of your dishwasher until the basin is dry.

Clean The Filters

Locate and remove the cylindrical filter at the bottom of your dishwasher. It is under the spray arms. Turn the filter to the left and lift it to disconnect it from the appliance.

Then, remove the coarse filter, which holds the cylindrical filter. This is a metal plate that will easily lift out once the cylindrical filter is removed.

Wash both off with dish detergent and rinse them until they are clean!

Check The Sump

If you have a clog, this is where you will find it. Check the hole where the filter sat and feel for any chunks of food or debris. If you find any accumulated food, clean it out and your dishwasher should be good to go! If this area is clear, it’s time to call a professional plumber to determine the source of your pooling water.

Restore The Appliance, Power, & Water

Put all of the pieces back into their rightful places and secure them! To ensure you have secured everything properly, spin the spray arms to make sure the parts are aligned. If they spin with ease, you have succeeded!

For your plumbing needs, contact Brownie's Septic and Plumbing, LLC at (407) 890-0116! We are here to ensure your home systems are running smoothly.

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