My Dishwasher Is Clogged! How Do I Fix It?

My dishwasher is clogged! How do I fix it?

First, check the dishwasher drain. It is typically blocked with food debris.

Oh, gross, digging out soggy and rotting meat and vegetables.

If you don’t, you’ll have that and several pounds of dirty dishes mildewing in the sink.

Do I have to do that? It might not be the dishwasher drain.

Run water in the drain and run the garbage disposal to help clear it. If the dishwasher drains into the disposal, clearing that clog could clear the dishwasher line.

And if that doesn’t work?

Then you’ll need to check the dishwasher drain hose. The clog could be the drain line.

As if a soft gooey mess in the drain wasn’t bad enough.

The clog might actually be because the hose is folded or kinked. Have you moved the unit recently?

I don’t think so. How would it get moved?

Pushed backed or pulled forward. Maybe that happened when it was fixed for something else or when someone wanted to fix the garbage disposal.

Or was cleaning up a leak under the sink.

If all of this sounds bad, think of it relative to paying a plumber 0 or more to do it for you.

Depends on the grossness factor.

You can reduce the risk of this happening in the future by rinsing dishes.

Or using paper plates.

If the unit is starting to clog and has water building up, scoop out most of the water before adding baking soda.

That controls the smell.

No, the fizzing action of baking soda in water may help clear the drain.

And I could end up with baking soda bubbles up overflowing in my sink.

Is that better or worse than dirty water flooding your kitchen?

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