A leaking dishwasher is one of the most common kitchen issues. Most of the time, it leaves a pool of water on the floor, creating extra cleaning work. But why does it happen? Alta Vista Services, your local source of tankless water heaters, shares some of the common causes of dishwasher leaks.
Water dripping directly underneath the dishwasher door is a sign that its latch is either loose or misaligned due to constant opening and closing. Tightening the loose screws on the latch should help fix the issue. However, the problem could also be a result of damaged seals around the door. Consider having them replaced if the epoxy patch doesn’t work in keeping them firmly secured.
Wrong Dishwashing Liquid
Leaks may occur if the wrong dishwashing liquid is used. Never use a handwashing detergent; it will cause foams to form, resulting in leaks. Be sure to use detergents meant specifically meant for dishwashers.
Over time, the water inlet valves and hoses become loose, causing water to filter through the dishwasher. When your plumber visits your home for water heater maintenance, make sure you have them check your dishwasher as well to check if the connections are still intact or need recalibrating to avoid leaks.
A defective tub is one of the signs that your dishwasher is going up there in age. Corrosion due to detergents and minerals in the water may cause the tub to develop holes, resulting in leaks. Your local plumber may recommend replacing the entire dishwasher if they determine that the damage is too severe or extensive.
Alta Vista Services is the leading contractor for your residential plumbing needs. Whether your dishwasher or water softener is having issues, our professional team of plumbers is ready to examine the unit and repair any damage. Call us today at (512) 713-0226 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.