A clogged dishwasher can cause a number of problems. It can create backups of water, make it harder to wash your dishes or even clog the full drainage line from your kitchen sink and dishwasher. In any case it is important to take preventive steps to ensure such clogs cannot develop in your Manassas home’s dishwasher. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

 Pre-Rinsing Dishes

The simplest way to prevent a clog in your dishwasher is to stop putting anything in there with large food particles still on it. The biggest problem here is that those particles, while washed off the dishes perfectly well by the dishwasher, need to go somewhere. Some food will disintegrate in the high heat, but some will just go down the drain, and when combined with things like grease, can create horrible clogs.

Even if your dishwasher doesn’t get clogged, the clog can go deeper still and cause a problem with your main drain pipes or sewer line. So to minimize the chances of things like this happening, be sure to remove any actual food particles and anything else like grease, honey or sugar that could cause things to stick together or get stuck in the drain.

 Small Items and Plastic

Avoid putting anything in the dishwasher that is small enough to fall through the rack. Caps for bottles or cups, small children’s utensils or anything that is not rated dishwasher safe can be a problem if it falls through a crack and gets stuck in the drain or the mini disposal. In any of these cases, the easiest solution is to wash those items by hand.

Generally speaking a dishwasher is designed to minimize clogs, but only if you follow the guidelines for what to put in it and what not to. If you are concerned about a machine that clogs frequently, call a Manassas appliance repair professional such as All–Pro Appliance Repair and have them perform an inspection as it could be due to a different drain pipe being clogged.