Even though we use them daily, we often take our dishwashers for granted until we begin to have problems with them. Once we lose the convenience of being able to leave the washing up to a machine, we realize how important having a functioning dishwasher is in our daily lives.
To save yourself the hassle of suddenly having to go without your dishwasher, it’s important to keep on alert for symptoms that could indicate that a major problem is just down the road.
One part that is often the culprit of dishwasher problems is the drain hose. This is the hose that connects your dishwasher to the rest of your plumbing and allows the dirty rinse water to leave at the end of the cycle.
If the drain hose is becoming worn out or clogged, the problem will usually develop slowly with warning signs appearing and then worsening over time. By being mindful of the symptoms of a worn or clogged drain hose, you can notice a potential problem and have it repaired before it turns into an inconvenient and more expensive dishwasher emergency.
Here are some common symptoms of drain hose wear and tear.
- Decrease in cleaning quality. One of the first signs of drain hose problems is poor cleaning. When the water does not drain properly from your dishwasher, the grime and debris loosened by the spray arm may not leave the dishwasher. If you begin to notice bits of food left behind on your dishes or spots on your glassware or silverware and you have not recently changed detergents or rinse aids, your drain hose may be the culprit.
- Standing water in the dishwasher. If you suddenly begin to notice large puddles of water inside the dishwasher or your dishes are still very wet after cleaning, the water is likely not draining completely due to a faulty drain hose. When a clog or damage is very severe, the dishwasher may not drain at all, leaving you with a waterlogged mess inside of the appliance.
- Leaks. When drain hoses become worn, they may not fit properly in place, allowing water to leak. Blockages can also cause water to run out of the drain tube, back up in the dishwasher and end up on your floor.
At Sydney Emergency Plumbing, we have extensive experience in replacing drain hoses in all models of dishwashers. If you’re just beginning to notice symptoms, contact us to come out for a check-up appointment. In the unfortunate event that your drain hose breaks or clogs suddenly and your dishwasher has overflowed or will not drain, you can take advantage of our 24/7 emergency plumbing services.