Plumbers 911 - Boston
20 Jan

What a Bostonian should do when your dishwasher does not drain

Dishwashers save time and frustration, especially after a busy day at work. However, from time to time, it may break down.

While you can fix some minor dishwasher-related issues (mentioned below), you should probably call a professional plumber in the Boston area to ensure your dishwasher properly drains all of the water it uses. 


Is your dishwasher on?

Let’s start by getting the obvious out of the way and make sure the dishwasher was not accidentally turned off.

Check to see if the door is latched and has not jiggled loose. Sometimes, a dishwasher will be connected to a power outlet controlled by a switch. Check to make sure this switch was not shut off.


Are the drain hoses clogged?

The dishwasher is connected to the sink or garbage disposal by drain hoses. If either the sink or garbage disposal clogs, your dishwasher hose will also clog, which prevents your dishwasher from draining properly.

If your garbage disposal is full, your dishwasher might not drain properly either. Perhaps a connecting hose has an air gap. Run your disposal for 30 seconds to clear it. 

Sometimes the drain hose becomes clogged with gunk. A Boston plumber will need to locate the hose and remove the gunk. 


Is there water at the bottom of the dishwasher?

If so, the most likely explanation is a hose, filter or drain has clogged, usually due to food or other sediment. You may be able to clear it yourself, but if the clog is deep and thick, you should hire a professional plumber. 


Are the filters clogged?

Dishwasher filters are located inside the machine, usually toward the back. They catch food and residue from the dishes. Periodically, they need to be cleaned, or they will clog and the dishwasher will not drain properly.


Are your pipes clogged?

It might not be the dishwasher that is clogged and unfortunately, the problem could be more serious. Your house may have clogged pipes that cannot be fixed by pouring chemicals down a drain. To remedy this problem, you will need to call a professional Boston plumber. 


Call Plumbers 911 in Boston!

If you need a plumber in Boston, call Plumbers 911. 

We are a network of professional plumbing contractors who will refer you to a certified professional plumber in your area who can fix your problem quickly.

All contractors referred by Plumbers 911 are professionally vetted. This includes ensuring their employees have completed a rigorous training, pass a background check and meet a strict qualification process. Trust Plumbers 911 to solve your Boston area plumbing emergency.  

To all our friends and customers regarding COVID-19

We will get through this together To say we are living in “unprecedented” challenging times would be an understatement. We hope this finds you and your family safe and healthy. We would like to list a few pieces of information and websites that we think will be helpful for you during this time.

  • To get the most current information on the COVID-19 virus, please check the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) website at:
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