fix a clogged dishwasher

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means a full house for many and also means many loads of dishes for the dishwasher. Did you know your dishwasher can become clogged? Have you ever opened it and seen standing water? We have some easy solutions to fix a clogged dishwasher and avoid a Thanksgiving dinner disaster.

If you do open the dishwasher and notice standing water, check around the dishwasher filter. If you don’t clean the dishes before you wash them, (yes like the commercial) sometimes food can become gathered in the filter clogging it. If that’s not the problem check the garbage disposal.

Did you know that the garbage disposal and the dishwasher run off of the same drain pipe? That’s why the dishwasher is typically located next to the kitchen sink. Turn on the water and run the disposal, then check the dishwasher to see if the water has gone down. If not, try this homemade clog remedy. Clearing clogged drains with natural ingredients is better for your plumbing system, not to mention the environment, than using harsh chemicals.

Try the baking soda and vinegar first, if the clog still persists after that, then it might be a grease clog. In that situation, try the hot water and vinegar. It might be necessary to try that a few times to break up the grease.

If you’ve tried the methods mentioned above, and the water is still in the dishwasher, it’s time to call a plumbing professional. The experts at McDonough Plumbing are not only able to install or hook up new dishwashers and garbage disposals, but we can also perform maintenance on a dishwasher you already have. If you live in Port Charlotte or North Port areas, call us at (941) 624-4343 to schedule your appointment right away. This way you can avoid becoming “the dishwasher” after your Thanksgiving dinner!

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