Picture this: You walk into your kitchen and your dishwasher is flooding the floor with water and suds. What should you do? Well first, don't panic. If your appliance is backed up, there are a few things you can do to fix the problem before you call a plumber.
Before you get started, make sure you unplug the dishwasher's electrical cord or turn off the circuit breaker. As we all know, electricity and water don't mix well at all.
After removing all the dishes and the washracks, check the floor of the machine for the drain grate. Sometimes the smallest particle of food debris can back up the whole thing. After that's cleared out, wait for half an hour to see if the water is draining.
If not, that means you need to check the hose that connects from the bottom and back of the dishwasher to your kitchen sink that drains the water for blockage. At this point, you should use a bucket or a large plastic tumbler to scoop as much water out of the washer as possible. This will make it much easier to deal with when you pull the washer out.
Lastly, check the hose for blockage by running water through it from your kitchen sink. Once you've ensured it's not blocked, reassemble everything and hopefully your hard work resolved the problem. If not, then you won't feel bad having to call for help.
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