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One of the most common problems reported to plumbers by homeowners is when a dishwasher won’t drain. While it can be scary to open the dishwasher door and see standing water at the bottom, it isn’t always a plumbing emergency. In fact, you may be able to correct the problem yourself without professional help.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR DISHWASHER WON’T DRAIN
If draining your dishwasher is an issue, here are eight simple techniques to try at home.
1. RUN THE DISPOSAL
A full garbage disposal or an air gap in a connecting hose can prevent water from properly draining out of the dishwasher. Simply running the disposal for about 30 seconds may fix the issue.
2. CHECK FOR BLOCKAGES
Check the bottom of the dishwasher to make sure that an item or pieces of food haven’t fallen from the rack to block the water flow.
3. LOAD THE DISHWASHER CORRECTLY
Make sure you’re loading the dishwasher correctly. Read the manufacturers’ instructions or owner’s manual for tips and directions on how to load dishes for best results.
4. CLEAN OR CHANGE THE FILTER
You may have a clogged dishwasher filter that’s preventing water from draining. Many homeowners don’t realize that dishwasher filters need to be cleaned regularly. Check your owner’s manual to see where the filter is located on your dishwasher, and for instructions on how and when to clean it. For many dishwashers, the filter can be found on the inside bottom of the appliance.
5. INSPECT THE DRAIN HOSE
Check the drain hose connecting to the sink and garbage disposal. Straighten any kinks that you may see, which could be causing the problem. Blow through the hose or poke a wire hanger through to check for clogs. Make sure the hose seal is tight, too.
6. DOUBLE-CHECK THE DRAIN VALVE
Inspect the drain valve found on the valve bracket, often located at the bottom of the machine. Push on the valve to make sure it moves freely and isn’t stuck.
7. TRY VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA
Mix together about one cup each of baking soda and vinegar and pour the mixture into the standing water at the bottom of the dishwasher. Leave for about 20 minutes. If the water is draining or starting to drain at that time, rinse with hot water and then run the dishwasher’s rinse cycle. That may be enough to help loosen any clogs or debris that are preventing the dishwasher from draining properly.
8. LISTEN TO YOUR MACHINE WHILE IT’S RUNNING
Listen to your dishwasher while it’s running a cycle. If it doesn’t make the usual operating sounds, particularly if it’s making a humming or clicking noise, the drain pump and motor may need replacing. If this occurs, it may be time to call a professional for help.
HOW TO PROPERLY DRAIN A DISHWASHER
If you need to clear standing water at the bottom of a dishwasher, here’s how to drain it:
Line the floor under the dishwasher with towels or newspaper.
With a measuring cup or a large ladle, scoop the water from the bottom into a bowl or the sink.
When the water becomes too shallow to scoop, soak up the remaining moisture with cloth or paper towels.
Always make sure that you’re using the right type of dish detergent per manufacturer’s directions, to avoid clogging the drain. Taking some preventative steps to keep your dishwasher running smoothly can also help you avoid drainage issues in the future.
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Homes selling above asking price, numerous offers for the same property, hip-pocket listings shared only by word of mouth – it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is booming.
To help you navigate these unprecedented home-buying and selling waters, we polled Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Associates and collected their top tips for today’s buyers and sellers.
Buyer’s Tips *Be qualified. Pre-plan financing by meeting with a mortgage lender ahead of time and receive a pre-approval letter that may be submitted when you make a written offer. “Less paperwork and more personal attention” is more than a saying at Home Team Mortgage Company, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s affiliated mortgage source. Contact Home Team Mortgage Company for a frustration-free experience from loan application to decision.
* Act quickly. In a hot market, acting slowly or sleeping on it may cost you the opportunity to buy the home of your dreams. If you’ve found a home you’d be thrilled with, don’t wait to submit an offer – other buyers will likely be doing the same.
* Offer a compelling price. Sellers often price their homes based on historical sold data or appraisals, and in a strong market where prices are rising rapidly, homes may sell for the listing price or higher. Study the sold comps, but also compare the house you want to other homes on the market, and ask yourself, “What price am I willing to pay, and at what price am I willing to lose this house?”
Seller’s Tips * Market to everyone near and far. You have the best chance of selling your home for the highest price by exposing it to the largest number of potential buyers. When you list your home with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, it will enjoy worldwide exposure on daveperrymiller.com.
* Respond and keep momentum. There is an old adage that time kills deals. A buyer’s interest is at a peak level at the time he or she submits an offer, so keep the momentum going, choose the best offer, and respond promptly in writing.
* Don’t be greedy. If a buyer offers an acceptable price and terms, sign the offer and your Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Associate will schedule a closing appointment and expertly guide you through the home-inspection and closing process.
Have a buying or selling question not addressed in this post? Contact one of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s offices and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.
The Ebby Halliday Companies’ brand-new, just-released apps mean your new home could be just a tap away. The Ebby Halliday Companies include Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors and Williams Trew.
“With our new apps, MLS listings across North Texas are in the palm of your hand,” says Travis Mathews, vice president of Strategic Growth & Technology for the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Our primary goal for this release was providing consumers with the most intuitive mobile real estate experience possible.”
Whether they’re shopping by price, location or aesthetics, users of the new Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate app will find it’s easier than ever to browse homes for sale.
“Our new mobile apps provide access to real-time property information and smart messaging tools,” Mathews says. “They make it easy to connect with your agent from any mobile device, as well as create saved searches and add favorites at your convenience. Simply put, our mobile-first home search with built-in chat makes collaboration fast, easy and fun.”
In addition to the ability to connect anytime, anywhere, the new Ebby Halliday Companies apps offer easy-to-use home-search options, including a Draw Tool that allows you to draw custom boundaries using your finger on a map view to filter available homes within a specific area; a Commute Time feature, in which you can view properties within proximity to your work, daycare or other regularly traveled places; and a Home Scan feature that uses augmented-reality technology to overlay property details through your device’s camera.
“In the mobile world that we live in, simplicity is the name of the game,” says Mathews. “It’s simple to find our apps in the Apple App and Google Play Stores. And perhaps most importantly, it’s extremely simple to navigate the apps themselves. They’re fast, look great, and feature such functions as scheduling a showing and pre-qualifying for a mortgage. All while keeping your agent’s contact information at your fingertips.”
The new Ebby Halliday Companies apps seamlessly integrate with daveperrymiller.com, ebby.com and williamstrew.com, so clients’ accounts, saved searches and favorited properties sync between the apps and websites. The Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Ebby Halliday Realtors, and Williams Trew apps are available on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, and on Google Play for Android devices. Download the apps today for free and experience modern home searching with ease.
With locations across North Texas, the Ebby Halliday Companies include some of the most-respected brands in the country. In addition to its real estate brands, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors and Williams Trew, its core-services companies include Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title. For more information, visit the award-winning ebby.com.