How to Keep Your Dishwasher in Prime Condition

Posted By The Eco Plumbers

20 Jan. 2017

Dishwashers are an instrumental and efficient asset to our lives. Not only do they save us time by washing and cleaning all of our plates, bowls, utensils, and more, they also help save us money by using less water than is typically used for hand washing dishes.

The truth is, we usually don’t think about our dishwashers until they aren’t working anymore. With some tender loving care and maintenance, we can keep our washers in tip-top shape, ensuring they last for a long, long time.

Keep your dishwasher in prime condition with these maintenance tips:

  • Keep it Sealed – Chances are your dishwasher will outlast the rubber seal that goes around the door. If the rubber gasket cracks or becomes worn down, your unit could leak all over your cabinets and floor. Regularly checking for wear and tear can prevent leaks in the future.
  • Fight Mold – It is not unheard of for mold or mildew to grow inside a dishwashing unit. Fortunately, there is a very easy fix to prevent this from happening. Simply pour two cups of apple cider vinegar into your empty machine and run it on high for a cycle. This will clean it out and keep it fresh.
  • Make It Level – Many people don’t pay attention to the level of their dishwasher, but doing so could help you. An off-balance washer could not only have reduced performance but could also experience drainage issues. Every once in a while, take a bubble level to your unit and check the level. If it isn’t even, adjust the washer legs until the bubble is centered.
  • Ensure Proper Draining – Most home plumbing includes a drain trap (a U shape in the plumbing that catches items that could accidentally fall into the pipes). Unfortunately, wedding rings aren’t the only thing that can get stuck in a drain trap. Often, foul odors can get trapped and linger there. If your washer was installed on the wrong side of the drain trap, bad odors could waft up into your home.

Maintaining your dishwasher is as easy as these four steps, however, if you need a Columbus plumber for a repair or other plumbing service, contact The Eco Plumbers today.

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