Things to Keep in Mind When Draining a Dishwasher

Have you ever had to drain a dishwasher?

Perhaps your dishwasher isn’t draining water properly and a clog has occurred somewhere. Over time, water gets leftover and it starts to smell funky.

Maybe the solution is simple, like cleaning a filter. Or maybe the drain hose/valve has a clog. If and when you’ve got a problem and you feel like a professional should take a look, call Brutinel Plumbing at 520-836-5802.

For those of you who like to tackle problems on your own, if you want to drain a dishwasher here’s some advice.

Tips for Draining Your Dishwasher

Draining DishwasherFor starters, clear the dishwasher of dishes and silverware so that it’s essentially empty. Next, you’ll want to turn off the power, so you’ll need to unplug the machine. This can be tricky since it may be hard to find where the unit is actually plugged into, somewhere behind or to the side of kitchen cabinets you’ve never really explored before. In some cases, you might just want to switch off the electrical circuit to the machine rather than unplug it if you’re having a hard time accessing the plug outlet.

Okay, now look under your sink and find the water line that connects with the dishwasher. You’ll want to turn that line off so water isn’t able to get to the dishwasher. Generally there should be a valve under the sink that you turn “off” to accomplish this.

Since the dishwasher isn’t draining, chances are it’s full of water. You’re going to need a bunch of old towels. Use these to protect the floor around the dishwasher should you be moving it. Also, use a cup, bucket or container to literally scoop out as much water as you can get– transferring it to the sink drain. For the last amount of water that’s left, either use a sponge or towels to get rid of it.

Most dishwashers have cylindrical filters these days. Look for yours under the spray arms. It should be toward the bottom of the dishwasher’s interior. Turning it counterclockwise and then lifting it straight up should remove it from its housing. Some washers have a “coarse filter,” too, which is a metal plate held in place by the cylindrical filter. Once you take the cylindrical filter out, it’s easy to pull the coarse one out as well.

Oftentimes drainage problems are a result of clogged filters. Therefore, use hot and soapy water to clean your filters. You can use dish detergent and a scrub brush/sponge to get rid of caked-up food and grime. Meanwhile, check the hole where the filter slides into the drain hose and remove any “junk” from in there that could be clogging up the system.

After you reinstall your filter(s), run the dishwasher (on the short cycle) to see if it’s working well again.

Should you prefer to have professionals do it, call Brutinel Plumbing at 520-836-5802.