DIY Plumbing: Leaks, Clogs, And Other Plumbing Issues You Can Fix at Home
While some plumbing jobs are too big to handle on your own, there are plenty of everyday situations that could pop up that you should be ready for. Read ahead for some DIY tips from Reddi Service’s to clear clogs, fix leaks, and solve other common problems!
Tackling A Draining Dishwasher
A common household problem almost all owners will face is the sight of standing water at the bottom of a dishwasher. You may be able to clear the drain on your own before getting a service professional to help you, as daunting as it may first seem. If you’re having issues with draining your dishwasher, give these tips a try.
- Run the garbage disposal. If the disposal is full, or if there is a gap with the connecting hose, water will be blocked from draining correctly.
- Check the drain at the bottom of your dishwasher for any internal obstructions. Be on the lookout for dishware or utensils that may have slipped or for food buildup.
- Not all dishwashers are created equal. Make sure you understand the proper operating instructions for your dishwasher.
- Begin to regularly check your dishwasher filter to see if it is clogged. Most dishwashers have a filter located on the bottom of the inside of the dishwasher, although if you have difficulty finding it you should refer to your user manual.
- Check the drain hose connected to the garbage disposal as a faulty hose can cause a broken seal. Be sure to adjust any bends and poke a hanger through to check for any clogs that may be inside.
- Check the drain valve on the valve bracket. This piece should be located at the bottom of the dishwasher and should be able to move freely.
- If you start your dishwasher and hear clicking or humming noises that are irregular, there is a good chance the drain pump and motor need to be replaced.
- To drain still water from the bottom, grab a ladle or measuring cup and move water to a bowl or into the sink. To avoid large spills, place towels on the floor and use paper towels to clean up any remaining water.
While clogs are inevitable, there are steps you can take to prevent them from happening. If you use a garbage disposal, be sure to only feed small amounts through at a time, so you do not risk overloading it. Grease, oil, and coffee grounds should never be run down a disposal, and should be disposed of properly. Once your sink is cleared, you can routinely pour in equal parts vinegar and baking soda for a few minutes before draining with hot water. This will help keep buildup minimized and also work to keep foul odors trapped. If you have found that these tips have not brought any solutions, then it may be time to call for help – Reddi Services is here and ready to come to you today!