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3 Reasons Why Your Dishwasher Won’t Drain 

3 Reasons Why Your Dishwasher Won’t Drain 

You need your dishwasher to be working at all times.

You’ve got a lot on your plate, literally and figuratively. You might have kids, a job, responsibilities, and a billion other things to juggle in your everyday life. Because of this, you need your dishwasher to be working at all times. You hardly have enough time to load up the thing, and you don’t have time to hand wash those dishes if it stops working. However, if your dishwasher does in fact stop working, do not panic. The most common problem home dishwashers face are drainage issues. Although drainage issues are annoying, they’re far from impossible to fix up. If you’re unable to fix up your dishwasher on your own, it might be wise to call out a professional for assistance. Here are three reasons why your dishwasher won’t drain.    


You’ll typically find your dishwasher’s drain hose near the filter baskets. Your dishwasher’s drain hose hooks up to either your sink or garbage disposal. Residue builds up in this tube progressively and turns into a clogging sludge. Clogged hoses affect the performance of your dishwasher and its appliances. Use a bright flashlight to look into the pipes. If you see some build-up, clean it all out to clear up the clog.

Clogged-up Filters 

The lower filters in your dishwasher (close to the sump) are the first place you will look in case of a possible clog. If you peek inside your dishwasher near the sump, you should see two of them: a large basket filter and a smaller mesh filter. Almost all of the water in your dishwasher drains out through these two filers. During this process, these filters catch and collect most of the icky muck that was washed off your dishes. Over time, the muck from the dishes can build on the filters and cause a clog to build up. You can avoid these clogs by cleaning your dishwasher’s filters occasionally. Just remove the filters by hand and wash them with soapy water.

Something Else In Your Plumbing

Sometimes the cause of your dishwasher’s inadequate drainage isn’t because of a problem with the dishwasher at all. If there’s a big enough blockage anywhere in your home’s pipes, it could cause backup throughout your entire home. Is your dishwasher the only appliance that’s having trouble draining, or are there issues elsewhere too? If the drainage issues occur all over your home, you should call a professional to inspect your pipes. Once the problem is detected, they can clean out the clog so your pipes and dishwasher can work properly once more.

Get in Touch With B&D Today!

Dealing with any plumbing concerns that require a professional to step in? Struggling with an absolute plumbing emergency that can’t wait? Let B&D Plumbing know. B&D Plumbing Inc. services the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia. Get in touch with us by calling (301) 595-1141 or follow us on social media, including FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Pinterest. As a small, family-owned business, we understand how important your home is—and we offer exceptional service that matches!

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