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Why Is My Dishwasher Washing My Floor?

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Water on kitchen floor coming from dishwasher. Stop trying to wash your floor with your dishwasher. Well, unfortunately this does happen, but with some directions, you can avoid this disaster.

Dishwashers were meant to wash dishes, not floors.

Dish-Washing Disasters

Think about how often you use your dishwasher. They are very convenient appliances that most people use on a daily basis, some are used two times per day. However, like any water-equipped machine, it could leak all over your home if not maintained properly. Follow these preventative strategies to avoid water damage from your dishwasher.

Ensure Proper Installation

In order to operate efficiently, a dishwasher should be level with all four legs securely planted on the floor. An unbalanced machine can result in increased wear and internal warping that may contribute to leaks. 

Use Recommended Detergent

There are numerous brands of dishwashing detergent available on the market, but it is critical that you only use the detergent that is meant for your type of dishwasher. Using the incorrect detergent, such as dish soap, can cause excess suds, forcing water out of the dishwasher and all over your flooring.

Routinely Inspect Underneath Appliance

Many components of a dishwasher lie underneath the unit, so if water damage occurs you are unlikely to see it unless you routinely check. It is good practice to do so in order to avoid heavy water damage to your home.

Evaluate Door Gasket

If you notice pooled water in front of your machine, a damaged door gasket may be the culprit. Water lubricates this important component and helps prevent it from cracking. For this reason, you should use your dishwasher at least once a week. It’s also important to routinely inspect the seal for signs of deterioration and replace it as necessary. 

Clean and Maintain Your Dishwasher 

Twirl the spray arm to make sure it spins freely. Also check the holes in the spray arm for debris. If you spot debris or the spray arm doesn’t spin, remove the spray arm and clean it.

Contact The Restoration Experts

If your home or business ever has water damage, call your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties. We have the know-how and equipment to solve any water issue. Contact the restoration experts 24/7 at (618) 464-0300.

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