Unclogging Your Dishwasher Hose In 3 Easy Steps

Over time, all of the small food particles and other debris that are washed off your plates can clog your dishwasher's drainage hose. As a result, you may find that your dishwasher no longer drains as quickly as it once did, or worse yet, you may find that it has stopped working all together. While you may assume that repairing this problem will require the assistance of a plumber, the truth is, this simple repair can often be completed on a do-it-yourself basis. In fact, the easy-to-follow directions below will allow you to accomplish this task in just three simple steps.

What You Will Need

  • screwdriver or cordless drill
  • pliers
  • drip pan
  • garden hose

Step 1: Remove Kickplate And Drainage Hose

Begin by removing the kickplate from beneath your dishwasher door. In case you are unfamiliar with this part, a kickplate is the small piece of wood or plastic that is used to conceal the underbelly of your dishwasher. Typically, removing this plate will be as simple as taking out a few screws. Just be sure to place the screws in a storage baggie to ensure they are not lost during the repair process as you will need them to reattach the plate once the repair is complete.

Once the kickplate is out of the way, use a pair of pliers to loosen and remove the drainage hose from under your dishwasher. With one end of the hose detached, simply place the hose into a drip pan so that any excess water or debris does not drain out onto your floor. Finally, use your pliers to disconnect the other end of the hose from beneath your sink.

Step 2: Remove Debris From Inside Of Hose

With your entire drainage hose securely sitting inside of a drainage pan, begin breaking up the debris inside the hose by wiggling the hose between your hands. After a few minutes, simply lift one end of the hose to allow any dislodged debris to drain from the hose.

In order to remove stubborn debris and ensure your drainage hose is free of blockages, you will need to take the hose outside. Attach a garden hose to the end of your drainage hose and turn the water on full power. The water pressure produced by your garden hose will effectively dislodge any debris that may remain inside. Once the water is able to flow freely, simply turn the water off and disconnect your garden hose.

Step 3: Reattach Your Drainage Hose

Now that your drainage hose is free from debris, you will simply need to reverse the actions taken in step one to reattach the hose and kickplate. Once both of these parts are securely in place, you will be able to resume use of your dishwasher.

If following these steps does not remedy the problem with your dishwasher, additional debris may be present in your drainage pipes. Repairing this problem will require the services of a reputable plumber such as A Absolute Plumbing & Heating.