Dishwasher Leaks Can Turn into Water Damage Nightmares

dishwasher leaksWhen you think of household water damage, dishwasher leaks may not be what first come to mind. Yet any appliance connected to a fresh water supply line and a drain pipe can be the source of leaks, ranging from annoying seepage to a severe inundation that pours hundreds of gallons into your home.

Even small water loss from dishwasher leaks shouldn’t be dismissed or put up with. Because it may be the precursor to a major flood, the source should be promptly identified and repaired.

Door Leaks

If you notice small pooling beneath the door after each dishwasher cycle, you may have a damaged door gasket. Replacements are commercially available and an easy DIY procedure. Another cause may be a door loose on the hinges or a latch that no longer properly seals the door.

Tub Defects

Corrosion in older models may cause a hole in the bottom of the tub. This usually manifests as unexplained water appearing and collecting underneath the unit. For the most part, the most cost-effective solution to a corroded, leaking tub is a new dishwasher.

Valve and Hose Issues

Make sure the clamps on all accessible hoses are tight and there’s no leakage. Check hoses for signs of cracking or other defects. If you’ve experienced severe flooding from the dishwasher, the water supply inlet valve may be stuck, causing overfilling. This is a matter for a professional service technician.

The Unit Isn’t Level

If the dishwasher is no longer installed level, usually due to vibration over time, water may be sloshing out and accumulating beneath the unit. Use a carpenter’s level to check front-to-back and side-to-side level of the dishwasher and adjust the legs or place shims underneath to correct.

If dishwasher leaks present a water damage issue in your home, contact the experts at Rytech for remediation and damage control.

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