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Drywall  /  October 9, 2020

4 Common Causes of Dishwasher Leaks

A dishwasher leak is one of the most persistent dilemmas in a residential kitchen. You will likely see a liquid spill that forms a puddle underneath the washer or minor leaks at the door. You do not want to end up with a constantly wet kitchen floor, especially if there are kids or elderly members of the family. Fortunately, most leaks can be repaired with a little bit of effort. Here are a few of the common causes of dishwasher leaks.

  1. Overfilling: Your dishwasher will not drain properly if it is filled with too much water. It will push out the excess amount of water and create leaks around the dishwasher door. Make sure to check carefully if you are overfilling. This simple step can help you avoid having to clean up incessantly. 
  2. Faulty door: If there are drips or accumulation of water directly underneath the dishwasher door, then take it as a telltale sign of a faulty door. Check if the door latch is misaligned or loose. This typically happens over time due to the frequent mechanical movement. You can use a screwdriver to tighten loose screws on the latch or an epoxy patch kit if the door seal is damaged.
  3. Hand dishwashing liquid: Never use a hand dishwashing detergent in a dishwasher. This will cause a lot of foaming and, therefore, leaking. Make sure to strictly use detergents that are specifically meant for dishwashing.
  4. Worn-out gasket: The gasket, or the rubber seal on the dishwasher door, helps prevent water from flowing out of it. If your gasket is damaged and suffering from daily wear and tear, it will easily allow the water to leak out. It is a good idea to immediately replace an old, worn-out gasket to avoid cleaning a large pool of water on the floor.

Handyman Connection® of Grapevine is a leading source of top-quality home improvement solutions in Texas. We work diligently with residential clients and provide plumbing, drywall repair, tile and flooring installation services, and more. Call us at (817) 527-3600, or fill out our contact form here to set up an appointment.

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