What to Do If Your Dishwasher Leaks

what to do if your dishwasher leaks

Sigh. There’s nothing worse for a homeowner than to deal with appliances breaking down. How much is this going to cost? How do we repair this? Will we need to replace it? And perhaps the most feared question: Will we have additional issues, like water damage or mold?

If Your Dishwasher Is Currently Leaking

First things first. If your dishwasher is leaking right-this-second, turn off the dishwasher and then close the valve in the dishwasher water supply line. Normally, you can find this shutoff valve under the kitchen sink. You’ll see the water supply line, and from there, you’ll see where it branches off to the dishwasher.

Why Is Your Dishwasher Leaking?

Now, it’s time to figure out the why. Your dishwasher could be leaking for something as simple as using the wrong detergent. If you put in dish soap instead of dishwasher detergent, you’re going to end up with overflow.

If you have a little bit of pooling on the floor in front of the dishwasher, you may be dealing with a door seal leak. To figure this out, turn off the dishwasher, open the door, and take a look at the rubber seal that goes around the perimeter of the door. Is it damaged, worn, or dirty? That may be the cause of your dishwasher leak. Be sure to check the door latch as well, as it may not be latching properly.

If it’s not the wrong detergent or a door seal leak, you’ll need to investigate further.

Is your dishwasher aligned correctly? If it isn’t level, it can lead to leaking.

While the dishwasher is off, remove the kick plate at the bottom of the dishwasher, and look for signs of water under the dishwasher. If you see dripping, you may have a loose or defective connection or a leaky supply line. You may also have a hold in the tub of the dishwasher, which will likely require replacement of the dishwasher.

If you don’t see a leak while the dishwasher is off, run it through a full cycle and watch what happens underneath. If you see a leak while the dishwasher is running, there could be any number of reasons for the leak — from a leaking circulation pump to a rusted out tub inside the dishwasher, to a defective internal hose. You’ll need to call a plumber to handle the leak at this point.

How to Handle the Aftermath After Your Dishwasher Leaks

If your dishwasher has been leaking for some time, or if it has leaked under the floorboards, you’re going to need to repair the extra damage. Pooled water can damage hardwood, laminate, and other floor materials, and you may need to look into getting those damaged areas replaced. And keep in mind that mold can grow in as little as a four hours in a moist area. A quick response to a leaky dishwasher is critical. A restoration company can get to your home quickly to inspect the damage and determine if the water has been sufficiently cleaned up — and if mold is or isn’t an issue.

New Life Restoration in the Santa Maria area is a 24/7 disaster cleanup, restoration, and bathroom and kitchen remodeling company. We’re faster to any size disaster, and we can help if you’re struggling with the damage left by a leaky dishwasher.

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