March 13

How To Unclog When A Dishwasher Not Draining

Why Isn't My Dishwasher Draining?

If you find yourself with a dishwasher that won't drain, there are a few things you can check for. There are a few things you can check to try and solve the problem.  

As part of your Tenancy agreement, you are required to undertake minor repairs and maintenance to the property and this includes checking why your dishwasher isn’t draining properly and unclogging it. 

As a tenant, you may think that checking and unclogging your dishwasher seems like too big a task but in fact, it only takes a short time. Of course, you can call a contractor to do it but this will likely cost £80 upwards. 

The video and the guide below present general steps to give you an idea of what the process is for checking and unclogging your dishwasher.

Thanks to for the video on how to check why your dishwasher isn't draining properly.

Do Three Checks On Your Dishwasher To Determine Why It Isn't Draining

There are a few things you can check to try and solve the problem. First, check your inlet hose to see if it is turned on or off. Second, check for kinks, twists and bent portions on your inlet or drainage pipe. 

Third, check your drain hose connections. Your drain hose may be connected to either the drain pipe or the spigot. If your drain hose is connected to a standpipe, make sure there is a 5 cm space between the hose and the water level. If it is connected to a spigot, make sure that the spigot is in an upright position and the internal bung is removed. 

If none of these solves your dishwasher drainage issues, you may need to check for clogs.

Checking for Blockages And Unclogging Your Dishwasher

If your dishwasher is still not draining properly, you may need to unclog it. To do this, first, clean the dishwasher filters. Then, pull the dishwasher out (not too far!) and check the drain hose. 

Make sure there are no kinks, twists, or debris blocking the passage of drain water. If you still can't identify the problem, give us a call and we'll be happy to take a look for you.

Prevention: The Best Solution To Keeping Your Dishwasher Unclogged

The best way to avoid having to fix a dishwasher that isn't draining properly is to keep it well-maintained in the first place. 

Regularly clean your dishwasher filters every one to three months to ensure that it is kept in peak condition. By following these simple tips, you can help prevent problems before they start.

But if you find checking and unclogging your dishwasher has not been successful, please contact us on 01522503717 and we will be able to send out a contractor. However, if the repair needed falls under your responsibility as a tenant then you will be charged for the work. 

Reminder That You May Be Charged - Where our contractor has arranged a time with you to attend and you postpone, cancel, or don't show up or where it is your fault for the appointment not proceeding you will be responsible for paying the call-out charge for the contractor and potentially any restocking fee for parts. Where the fault, issue or damage, is put down to your or other tenants, permitted occupiers, or guests' actions, you will be responsible for paying for the repair. These terms are already part of your Tenancy Agreement.


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