How to Prevent Water Damage From Your Dishwasher

A dishwasher is an extremely useful appliance. It can save you a lot of work, in addition to using less water and doing a better job of disinfecting your dishes. But unfortunately, you can also cause a lot of water damage if you’re not careful. Even a small leak can cause water to spread into your home and cause damage and even mold. So, if you discover that your dishwasher has a leak, it is important to deal with it promptly.

There are a number of issues that can occur with your dishwasher that can cause leaks, and we will discuss these below.

Loose or Damaged Water Lines

A dishwasher has two separate water lines. It has a water line that connects to the sink and supplies water to the dishwasher and another line that drains the dirty water from the dishwasher. Unfortunately, these lines can loosen in time and allow water to leak. Therefore, it is essential to check these lines every six months to make they are not loose. It is also a good idea to check for any damage or excessive wear off the lines at this time and replace them if needed.

Damaged or Worn Gaskets

A gasket is a rubber or silicone edge around the dishwasher door that keeps water from leaking outside of the dishwasher. Over time this gasket can break down and allow water to leak from your dishwasher, potentially causing water damage. So, it is best to check regularly for cracks in the gasket or any other damage to the gasket or the area around it. If you are concerned that the gasket needs replaced and you don’t want to replace it yourself, call for professional help.

Broken Door

A broken or damaged dishwasher door is actually the most common cause of water damage caused by dishwashers. These leaks are usually caused by loose hinges or latches, or sometimes screws on the door. This problem is generally easy to solve. You just need to check what type of screwdriver you’ll need, get the screwdriver, and tighten the screws holding the latch or hinges.

Using Soap That Is Not Made for a Dishwasher

If you use dish soap meant for hand washing dishes, it could easily cause over-sudsing. You could end up with your dishwasher leaking water into your kitchen. It is vital to only use soap meant for dishwashers in your dishwasher. If you only have dish soap meant for hand washing dishes, it would be best to not use your dishwasher until you get the correct soap.

Damaged Tub

Another problem with the dishwasher that can cause leaks is corrosion in the lower part of the dishwasher’s tub. This can allow water to leak from the tub and accumulate under the dishwasher. You may not notice this problem for an extended period of time, so it could cause considerable damage to your floor. It could even cause water and mold damage to your sub-flooring.

Contact Us

If your dishwasher has already caused water damage to your home or business, contact Restore Pro. With more than two decades of experience with water damage restoration, you can trust our IICRC certified team to respond quickly to restore your property to pre-loss condition. Call us at 1-800-847-0114 and connect with us on Facebook.