How to Fix a Dishwasher That Will Not Drain

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To fix a dishwasher that will not drain, remove any clogs that are blocking the drain line by pouring a paste of baking soda, vinegar and water down the drain, and then pouring boiling water to clear the clog. Repeat the process several times to remove a severely clogged dishwasher drain with help from a remodeling contractor and home repair specialist in this free video on appliance repair.

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Hi I'm Tim Gipson and I'm going to talk to you about how to fix a dishwasher that will not drain. Now if you've got some standing water in your dishwasher, most likely it's because your drain line from the dishwasher to the sink or the garbage disposal has become clogged. So the first thing we want to do is there's a basket in the back here, has a couple screws that hold it in. So the first thing we do would be to remove that and see if there's any large debris in there that's keeping it from draining. Now if we've done that and everything is OK, then the next thing we want to do is we want to take some baking soda and some vinegar then with the baking soda you want to put some in a cup and then you want to mix just enough water with it so that it's a pourable paste. So once we do that, then we'll take the baking soda and we'll pour it down that drain and then we're going to follow it with a cup of vinegar. Now that vinegar will fizz and work with the baking soda and we're going to let that set for about 10 or 15 minutes to try to work and get down through that clog. And then the last thing we want to do is we want to take a pot of boiling hot water, and it's very important that you get this water as hot as can be and then we'll take that and we'll pour that down the drain. Now for most just your regular type of clog, that should clear it. Now if that doesn't clear it after that first application, then you might have to repeat the process one or even two more times for a severe clog but eventually you will be able to get that clog cleared and these are things that you usually have around the house. They do not cost that much, they're just pennies per application and they are safe to your plumbing and the environment so it's a good thing to use. I'm Tim Gipson and that's how to fix a dishwasher that will not drain.

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