Signs Your Dishwasher is Telling You It’s Clogged

We rely on the convenience and efficiency of many household appliances.  They make our lives so much easier, until they start to malfunction.  Your dishwasher is no exception.  There could be any number of reasons why your dishwasher isn’t draining properly.  A dishwasher is connected to your sink’s water supply line and because of that they can become clogged just like any other plumbing appliance in your home.  Your dishwasher has a water supply line as well as a drain line.  Both can become clogged with food or other debris causing the dishwasher to malfunction.

Here are 5 signs that your dishwasher has become clogged:

  1. You notice you have a slow flowing drain. While a slow flowing drain may not mean that your dishwasher has stopped working, it a telltale sign that you have a partially clogged kitchen sewer line.  Ignoring this in time will likely lead to a fully clogged sewer line that could cause an expensive repair.  If you see signs of a slow flowing drain you need to call in a professional to prevent further problems down the road.
  2. Water is backing up in your kitchen sink. When your dishwasher is running, and you notice water backing up in the kitchen sink you likely have a clogged sink drain.  You should turn off your dishwasher and run your garbage disposal.  If there is food or debris clogging the drain this may clear up the problem.  If the problem continues to persist after running the garbage disposal it’s time to call a professional plumber.
  3. You’ve run your dishwasher but upon opening it you notice the dishes aren’t clean. If your dishes aren’t clean or only partially clean it could be that you already have a clogged line or clogged secondary line in your kitchen.  In this case, it’s quite possible your dishwasher didn’t fill with water or only partially filled with water.  There’s no point in allowing this problem to persist.  There’s no point in having a dishwasher if it doesn’t clean your dishes.  This is a sure sign you have a problem and it’s time to call a professional plumber.
  4. Gurgling noises in your drains as your dishwasher is attempting to drain the water. Gurgling sounds in your pipes are caused by water trying to pass through pipes that are blocked or partially blocked.  Drains will carry sound but unless you have your plumbing inspected by a professional it’s hard to tell if this clogging is occurring in your main line or a secondary line.  Again, this is not a DIY problem and could lead to costly plumbing repairs if unattended.  Time to call in a professional!
  5. There’s leftover water in your dishwasher. When your dishwasher has completed its cycle and you open it and find standing water in the bottom you definitely have a problem.  This is a sure sign that the dishwasher is not draining properly.  There are some DIY steps you can take such as placing a dishwasher safe container of white vinegar on the top rack and running the dishwasher on the HOT cycle.  This may alleviate the problem.  If not, then it’s best to call a plumber as standing water in your dishwasher can cause mold and bacteria to form and this could spread to your dishes.

A clogged dishwasher isn’t uncommon.  In fact, it’s a very common household plumbing issue.  The key is to realize you have a solvable problem and to not wait to deal with it becoming a serious problem.  As always, when you have a plumbing problem or concern, call or contact the professionals at The Clean Plumbers.