4 Reasons for Dishwasher Clogs

If your dishes aren’t spotless when you take them out of the dishwasher, a dishwasher clog may be to blame.  There are several indications that your dishwasher is clogged. If water starts to back up in your sink or you hear a gurgling sound from your dishwasher, you need to call a professional drain cleaning service for help.


Let’s take a look at some common causes for dishwasher clogs.


4 Common Causes of Dishwasher Clogs


Your dishwasher can be clogged for several reasons. This includes:


1.   Food Stuck in the Filter


Most homeowners don’t even realize there’s a filter inside of their dishwasher. If you put dirty plates into your dishwasher without rinsing them, leftover food can get trapped in the dishwasher filter and clog it. When your dishwasher filter gets clogged, there is little to no room for the water to pass through your dishwasher and effectively clean your dishes.


To remove the clog, you’ll need to find and remove the filter so you can clean it. Once clean, you’ll have better water flow so your dishwasher can do its job effectively. You should clean your dishwasher filter regularly. Talk to your local plumber for tips on where to find your dishwasher filter and how to keep it clean.


2.   Dirty Drains


Under your dishwasher filter is a drain. Just like your filter, the drain can get clogged for several reasons. This can be due to food or soap buildup that interrupts the passage of water through your dishwasher drain and creates a clog. If you can’t easily remove the dishwasher drain clog on your own, contact your local plumber for help.


3.   Garbage Disposal Backup


When your dishwasher is finished with the cleaning cycle, it drains the dirty water from your appliance through a hose. If you have a garbage disposal, the water moves through your garbage disposal lines into your plumbing system to be effectively drained from your home. If your garbage disposal is blocked, the water backs up into your dishwasher.


If you have water backup in your dishwasher, check your garbage disposal. If you can’t remove the blockage by running your unit, it’s time to call a plumber for repairs. Never try to fix your garbage disposal on your own because it can lead to serious injury.


4.   Broken Sewer Lines


Damaged or broken sewer lines can create problems with your dishwasher. If your sewer lines are damaged from overgrown tree roots or other issues, this can impact your plumbing system’s ability to drain. Since your dishwasher drains through your household plumbing system, broken sewer lines will also affect your appliance.


Sewer line problems are one of the most complicated plumbing issues. If you suspect that there’s an issue with your sewer lines that’s causing your dishwasher to clog, contact your local plumber immediately for help.


Contact Antelope Valley Plumbing for Your Palmdale Drain Cleaning Service


While you can fix basic clogs with DIY methods, you should contact a local plumber immediately if you can’t remove drain clogs easily. For all your Palmdale drain cleaning needs, contact Antelope Valley Plumbing to schedule an appointment.