A Broken Dishwasher Destroys Perfect Backyard Plans
While parties and backyard grilling often involve using paper plates and cups and plastic silverware, there still end up being a plethora of reusable dishes and utensils that need to be washed. Even if a customer is just grilling for family, the dishes pile up quickly. It is certainly not a time for the dishwasher to stop functioning.
There are simple maintenance steps that one can take to prevent problems, but there is a time when calling a plumber is necessary.
Typical Issues with Dishwashers
There is no doubt that homeowners will notice a dishwasher malfunction very quickly. Dishes pile up, and it becomes impossible to have a clean kitchen without a working dishwasher. To prevent the incident in which one is without a dishwasher, one can look for a few clear signs that something is malfunctioning within the appliance.
- Film on glasses
- Not drying
- Not enough water
- Not draining
- Bad smells
Plumbing Professionals To the Rescue!
There is a lot of information out there on misguided DIY fixes, but many problems can only be solved by plumbing professionals. The dishwasher is connected to the garbage disposal, and a problem with one can lead to or can originate with the other. It takes some professional knowledge to make a proper assessment if there is a draining or leaking issue. The symbiotic relationship between these two appliances is fairly simple but may need professional attention to put all the pieces back in the right spot.
Preventative Maintenance: Keep the Problems Away
From preventing buildup to removing mildew, one can do maintenance and do-it-yourself solutions on a dishwasher. While nothing can prevent the eventual breakdown of an appliance, a homeowner can keep the dishwasher working well throughout its average 10-year life span.
- Run Frequently: Using the dishwasher regularly, the owner helps prevent a certain amount of buildup that might develop if the machine were to sit around unused.
- Clean the Machine: The machine itself needs to be cleaned, not just the dishes inside. Run a cycle while it is empty, or wipe the inside and edges with a cloth.
- Remove Buildup: Use an acid like lemon juice or white vinegar to remove hard water deposits and residue. One can easily do this along with a load of dishes.
- Clean the Drain: Bits of food debris can get caught in the drain grate, hindering draining. Wipe off the grate and remove it to verify that there isn't anything stuck just underneath.
- Bleach: This is a last-ditch effort to clean mold or mildew from within the dishwasher. Run it while empty for a spotless clean.
These simple steps can ensure that the dishwasher is in perfect working order. The professionals will be there when a more serious problem arises.
About Lascko Services
After 22 years of service in the Muskegon, MI area, Lascko Services has the experience and knowledge to meet any customer's needs. Their experienced plumbers offer upfront pricing, honest advice, and reliable service. Contact them today for help with kitchen plumbing services.
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