Is My Dishwasher Clogged?

Is My Dishwasher Clogged

Dishwashers: robotic masterpieces of the future that save our time and, in turn, our lives. Seriously though, I’ma throw some math at your face. If you wash dishes for 30 minutes a day, everyday (let’s pretend you are an efficient human being), for 50 years, then 1.04 years of your life will be spent washing dishes. But do I really need to convince you to buy a dishwasher? Especially if you clicked on this blog, you probably already have one. So, I don’t know why I just wrote that. I guess it’s mildly interesting? Anyways, because dishwashers are robotic masterpieces, we need to take care of them. Let’s dive into this blog Despatie-style and discover how to detect signs of a clogged dishwasher.

Leftover Water

When a dishwashing cycle is complete and you open the door to find your hamster ready to dive in and go for a dip, there’s a potential clog. Your dishwasher didn’t drain properly, so there’s a few things you can do: check the sump pump, make sure the dishwasher door is fully latched, ensure that the cycle wasn’t interrupted, and finally, check the drain hose to make sure it’s not kinked or blocked. If you need help with any of these checks, call or text us!


Does your dishwasher sound like this?  If so, this one’s a little tougher to diagnose, as the clog may be in your main sewer line or a secondary line.  Unless you can shrink down to a cheeto-size and crawl into your pipes like some sort of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes cheeto boy, give a plumber a call to take care of business.

Water Backup

If water is partially filling up in your sink when you run your dishwasher, it’s not a good thing.  It’s also not a sign to start hand washing your dishes again.  It’s a sign that there’s a clog somewhere and it needs to be dealt with immediately.  You can try a quick fix of 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar to unclog it, but if that doesn’t work, bring in an experience professional.

Dem Dirty Dishes!

This is one of the most obvious and easily detectable signs.  If yesterday’s egg soufflé is still on your breakfast dishes after giving them a fancy wash in the dishwasher, you’ve got yourself a problem.  And it’s not just that you make egg soufflé, the other problem is that you may have a clog, similar to the gurgling situation, in your main sewer or secondary line.  Call us today so you don’t waste 1.04 years of your life washing dishes by hand!

If you have any questions or just want to chat about cheesy detectives, be sure to call or text us at 289-244-9843, because at Go Green Plumbing, we are always happy to help.

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Fraser is the web developer and graphic designer for Go Green Plumbing. He is a husband, father, tech-lover and frequent viewer of cat videos on YouTube. Sometimes, he adds a sentence to make a paragraph look better.
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