Have you ever gone to empty the dishwasher only to find it hasn’t drained? If you have, you’re not alone. It’s a common, albeit frustrating, plumbing problem, but it’s often an easy fix.
Next time you find standing water in your dishwasher, don’t get too flustered. Instead, take a look at our tips below on how to get to the source of the problem and fix the issue.
Use the correct detergent
Let’s clear this up first: only use dishwashing detergent in your dishwasher. It can be tempting to use something like laundry detergent or dish soap like Joy or Palmolive if you run out of dishwashing detergent, but please don’t as it can cause problems.
Another common issue arises when you simply pour dishwashing detergent in the wrong unit or directly onto the dishes. This will create plenty of suds (and quite possibly a mess) without getting your dishes clean.
Run the garbage disposal
Once you’ve made sure that you haven’t used the wrong type of soap, you’re going to want to run the garbage disposal. Here’s why: your dishwasher’s drain hose connects and empties into the disposal drain. Often times, a poorly draining dishwasher is the result of a clogged garbage disposal.
Once a disposal gets filled with food particles or other types of residue, it can all collect in the disposal pipe. Then, when the dishwasher needs to drain it can’t because of the clog.
Check the air gap
If your dishwasher connects directly to your sink (which is typical in homes without a garbage disposal), you likely have a small, stainless-steel part called an air gap that sits right at the top of the sink near the faucet. If the hose that connects to the dishwasher gets filled with food remnants it can lead to a clog and your dishwasher won’t drain properly.
To check the air gap simply unscrew it and make sure it isn’t clogged. If it is, give it a good cleaning, reattach it and see if that did the trick.
Take a closer look at the drain hose
You’ll find the drain hose underneath your sink. Check it out and make sure there aren’t any kinks – just as you would a garden hose. If you do spot a kink, you’ll need to remove the clamps that hold the hose in place and run water through the hose until the kinks work themselves out.
Take the motor for a test drive
To check the motor, just turn the dishwasher on and listen for any strange noises. If you hear a hum or a loud sound that doesn’t stop, you may have an issue with the motor turning on but not powering up. If this is the case, you’ll need a new motor.
Drain standing water
If none of these tips seemed to work, it’s time to drain the water yourself. Make sure to place towels under your dishwasher to avoid a mess and remove the bottom tray carefully so you don’t spill the water. You could also scoop out the water with an old cup. Once all the water is out of the tray, we recommend running the dishwasher. If water collects again, it’s time to call a professional plumber.
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Sometimes a strange sound coming from the bathroom, kitchen – or anywhere else in the home where there’s plumbing – is the big giveaway that there’s a problem. So, when you hear these sounds below, don’t wait to call a plumber!
The screaming faucet
We all know that old familiar screeching sound that can happen when you turn on a faucet, especially in an older home. In fact, if your faucets haven’t been replaced in a while, you may be quite familiar with this noise.
Some folks think that the telltale sound is from high water pressure, but in actuality, it’s usually from an old, defective, or loose part of the faucet that needs to be replaced or repaired. Your best bet in this case is to simply replace the faucet, which is typically less expensive than having it repaired by a plumber.
Gurgle in the drains
We plumbers know from experience that homeowners often ignore the sound of gurgling in the drains. But the gurgling noise is actually the first clue that a clog is forming in the pipes. It can also be a sign that air pockets are forming in the drain.
Even if your drains and pipes appear to be working just fine, it’s important to get the gurling sound checked out by a plumber. Failing to do so can lead to a more extensive repair.
Many people hear banging pipes and get a bit spooked, and frankly, we do too – but not for the same reason. When we hear banging pipes, we think less about haunted houses and more about misfiring valves. You see, the banging you’re hearing probably has to do with a valve shutting off too fast. This create air pockets in the pipes that fill with water quickly. When you hear this sound, it’s your clue to call the plumber to inspect and replace the valve.
You know how sometimes you flush the toilet only to hear it rumble or, as some might say, run? Toilets can rumble and run for several minutes after you flush them (and no, jiggling the handle is not going to fix it). Usually, the culprit is the small valve located in the tank called the toilet fill valve. Sometimes, the valve simply misfires and doesn’t quite refill the toilet the way it should.
Often, the problem will remedy itself and you won’t have to replace the valve. If it happens consistently, or if your toilet is older, it may be time to replace the toilet fill valve (or the entire toilet).
We get calls about rattling pipes regularly. Usually, the sound is from pipes that simply aren’t secure enough. The first step in fixing this issue is to tighten or replace the pipe fixtures. If that doesn’t do the trick, you may need to have the pipes replaced. If that’s the case, you’ll need to work with a plumber who can do the job correctly.
Allied Reddi-Rooter is here to get to the root of why you’re hearing all those noises. Whether it’s banging, clanging, or a little bit of both, we can address and fix the problem quickly. Give us a call or Contact today! We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.
Water leaks can do serious damage to your home and lead to some very costly repairs. That’s why it’s important to check for leaks on a regular basis and why you should consider installing a water leak detection device.
Not only are water leak detectors readily available at places like home improvement stores, but many types are also easy to install and inexpensive. In fact, you can’t afford not to have one, especially when you consider how expensive it can be to repair a part of the home that’s been damaged by water.
So which water leak detection device is best for your home? Take a look at the most popular types of leak sensors below to find out.
Battery powered alarms
Battery powered leak alarms work by placing them on the floor near water heaters, washing machines and by any other appliances that can leak. In fact, placing one on your basement floor can help detect if your sump pump stops working properly.
Once the sensor detects a leak, it will sound an alarm not unlike a smoke alarm. Once you hear it, you can turn the sensor off and contact a plumber to assess and fix any water damage. These are often the least expensive water leak detectors you can buy, and you can find them at most home improvement stores.
High tech leak alerts
These water leak sensors go a step further than battery powered detectors by sending you an alert via your home’s internet modem. The real advantage with these types of detectors is that you don’t have to be home to learn you’ve got a leak someplace. These systems send alerts to your smartphone and computer when one is detected.
A single point shut off system is a great option, especially if you’re worried you won’t be able to return home to remedy the situation once a leak is detected. This system will automatically shut off the water when it detects a leak.
To use this type of leak detection system, you’ll need to plug it into an outlet and place it near the appliance you’re wanting to watch, like a washing machine or a water heater. If a leak occurs, the shut-off valve will quickly turn off the water source.
Note: some shut-off systems can be connected to a home alarm system and many can also shut off electricity to gas powered water heaters.
Entire home shut off systems
Entire home shut off systems are by far the most comprehensive. One of the biggest benefits of these systems is that they can help prevent major flooding, as well. These extensive systems operate after sensors are placed throughout the house.
Full shut off systems can detect everything from frozen pipes to a leaking toilet, and then turn off the water supply. Many offer a Wi-Fi feature so you can access alerts from your smartphone or computer.
Remember: One of the easiest ways to prevent water leaks is to check for them on a regular basis. Look around your faucets, at the base of the toilet, and inspect pipes, supply hoses and shut-off valves to determine whether or not you have a leak. And never wait to fix a leak if you find one. Otherwise, it could lead to a costly repair down the road.
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Now that fall is here, it’s time to talk about pipes. Specifically, how to prepare your pipes for winter. It’s a critical to do a check of your home to make sure your pipes are in top shape and ready for the colder months ahead. Should they burst when they freeze, you’ll likely be looking at a very costly repair.
It doesn’t take long to walk around your property and check your pipes. To make it easier, use our checklist below, created to help you do a thorough and effective inspection, so you can have peace of mind come wintertime, knowing your pipes are ready for the cold weather.
Start outside. First, make sure to drain your sprinkler supply lines. It’s also time to drain the pool (if you haven’t already). Go ahead and drain and put away hoses, close inside valve bibs and open outside bibs so water can drain.
Do a walk around. Make sure to walk around your home and look for any cracks that area liable to let cold air in and potentially cause your pipes to freeze. These cracks will need to be sealed. You can do this with spray foam or by caulking.
Now, check indoors. Take a good look inside the house starting with places where you’ve got water supply lines in unheated areas. Usually, these areas include the basement, under cabinets in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry area, and the garage as well.
If these areas have exposed and unprotected pipes, it’s a good idea to fit them with a pipe sleeve or add heat tape or heat cable to insulate them. You could also wrap fabric around the pipes, provided they are in areas that won’t go below freezing.
Newspaper and thick plastic bags can work in a pinch, but like fabric, you’ll need something more substantial if the pipes are in an area that can drop below freezing.
Inspect the HVAC. It’s a good idea to make sure your HVAC and furnace are working now rather than waiting until the temps drop any lower. If your heating goes out when it’s needed most it won’t just make things uncomfortable, it can cause your pipes to freeze.
Keep cabinet doors open. When cold air strikes, even if it’s warm and cozy in your home, open the doors to the cabinets under your sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms so the pips can get a little warmth. This can help prevent them from freezing.
Run a little water. It’s an old remedy – and a good one. During a bad cold spell, turn on the faucet and let a little water run. While many think it’s the heat in the water that helps prevent pipes from freezing, it has more to do with relieving pressure in the pipes.
Going out of town? There’s nothing like a Florida getaway in February. While many of us will be staying home due to the pandemic this winter, if you are headed out of town, make sure you turn your water off at the shut-off valve and drain the pipes.
Still not sure if your pipes are ready for winter? Give the team at Allied-Reddi Rooter a call or Contact us. We’ll inspect your home’s pipe system and make sure it’s up to the task before winter arrives. We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.