Dishwasher Leaks: Causes, Solutions, and Prevention

A leaking dishwasher can cause significant damage to your home, including wood floors, walls, cabinets, and other parts of your kitchen. At Alpha One Restore, we understand the challenges homeowners face when dealing with water damage caused by leaking dishwashers. In this article, we’ll discuss the common causes of dishwasher leaks, prevention measures, their damaging effects, and how our water damage restoration services can help.

Common Causes of Dishwasher Leaks

Improperly Attached Door

A dishwasher leaking directly under the door may have an improperly attached door. If water still leaks from the door, it may be time to replace the gasket.

Leaky Tub From Corrosion and Standing Water

The seal between the tub and the wall can break down over time, allowing water to flow through, which can result in water pooling under your dishwasher.

Leaky Air Vent

Water leaking from the air vent on top of the sink may indicate a problem with the knockout plug where the water line enters the garbage disposal.

Overfilled dishwasher

An overfilled dishwasher can cause a crack in the bottom, allowing water to drip through and damage the cabinet.

Incorrect dishwasher detergent

Using the wrong detergent can cause excessive bubbles and pressure on the door seal, leading to a water leak.

flooded kitchen from dish washer

Preventing Dishwasher Leaks

To prevent dishwasher leaks, ensure proper maintenance, such as using the correct detergent, not overfilling your dishwasher, and routinely checking for loose connections or broken parts. Regular inspection of the dishwasher tub, door gaskets, and hoses can also help prevent leaks.

Danger of Dishwasher Leaks

Dishwasher leaks can lead to water damage in your home, affecting wooden cabinets, floors, and other areas. It’s essential to address these issues promptly to prevent further damage and mold growth.

My Dishwasher is Leaking. What Should I Do?

If you discover a leak in your dishwasher, it’s essential to act fast. First, turn off the water supply if you know where it’s located. Next clean up the water, and if you’re handy, inspect the dishwasher for loose connections or broken parts. If you’re unsure about the extent of the damage, you should call a local water damage restoration company to assess the damage. Sometimes what initially appears to be a minor water damage situation can turn into something more serious. Moisture can get trapped under floors causing them to buckle or between walls, leading to mold growth.

How Alpha One Restore Can Help

Alpha One Restore offers 24/7 emergency water damage cleanup services, leak detection, and more. Our team of IICRC certified experts can assess the cause of the leak, detect hidden moisture, clean up the water, and repair any damage. Water damage from malfunctioning appliances are one of the most common causes of water damage in homes. This includes leaky hot water heaters, leaks from washing machines, and dishwashers.

Contact Alpha One Restore, your water damage restoration experts in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. We serve Prosper, Frisco, McKinney, Allen, Celina, Lucas, Little Elm, Plano and the surrounding area. 

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