Dishwashers are a common appliance found in homes because they make washing the dishes a more convenient task. With proper maintenance, a good dishwasher can last for 10 years, but they are likely to experience wear and tear over time that could lead to leaks. If there is a leak in your dishwasher, the water can cause damage to the surrounding flooring and cabinetry in your kitchen. You must respond right away to a leaking dishwasher to stop the leak and call a repair professional to fix the issue. You will also need to call a restoration professional to restore the water damage.
ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration provides leaking dishwasher water damage cleanup services in Denver, CO and the surrounding areas to restore the damage caused by these leaks. Our technicians use advanced equipment to remove the excess water and we can repair the damage to the surrounding flooring, cabinetry, and other affected building materials. It is important to react as soon as you notice the leak to help limit the damage.
Dishwashers may leak for a number of different reasons, and they can leak a decent amount of water that can cause significant damage. It is also possible for dishwashers to leak dirty water contaminated with food particles.
When dishwashers leak, the water gets absorbed by porous flooring, wooden cabinetry, drywall, and more which can cause warping and even structural damage. Mold growth is also a possibility with significant water damage. This is why it is so important to notice and respond to dishwasher leaks as soon as possible.
The following are the main causes of dishwasher leaks:
- Leaking gasket: A lot of dishwasher leaks are caused by problems with the door gasket that seals the door. If you find water in front of the dishwasher, check the door gasket for rips or wear. You can replace damaged or worn out door gaskets to stop the leak.
- Loose door hatch: If the door hatch that holds the dishwasher shut comes loose, water could leak out of the door. Your door latch is most likely loose if the door to the dishwasher opens too easily. You can stop this leak by replacing the door latch.
- Improper detergent: It is important to only use dishwasher detergent as dish soap and other detergents can result in excessive suds that would leak out the door. Use dishwasher detergent that is recommended for your specific dishwasher.
- Cracked hoses: Worn out hoses can eventually crack and cause water to leak. If water is leaking from under the dishwasher, cut the power to the dishwasher and check underneath the dishwasher for wet hoses. Leaking hoses should be replaced.
- Bad valve and hose connections: The hoses must be connected securely to the valves under the dishwasher. A loose connection or corrosion of the valves can cause a leak from under the dishwasher. Turn off the power to the dishwasher and check underneath it for loose or corroded valves. Damaged parts will need to be replaced to stop the leaks.
- Leaking pump seal: A leak from underneath the dishwasher could also be from the water pump. These leaks typically occur when the water pump seal has been compromised. If you see water dripping from the pump housing or motor, you may need to replace the seal around the water pump.
- Float switch issue: The float switch prevents the dishwasher from overfilling with water. If there is a problem with the float switch, the dishwasher may overfill which will cause a leak out the door. A damaged float switch must be replaced.
- Drainage issue: If something is preventing the water from draining properly, the water level will rise too high which can cause a leak. A clog in the filter at the bottom of the tub could be preventing proper drainage.
- Dishwasher is uneven: The dishwasher needs to be level or there is a chance of a leak. You need to check that it is level from front to back and from side to side. You can make your dishwasher level by adjusting the legs.
Water Damage Cleanup for Dishwasher Leaks
On average, dishwashers use about 3 gallons of water per cycle which means that it is possible for this much water to leak out into the surrounding areas. Checking your dishwasher regularly for leaks will help you find them and react before they cause significant damage.
Our technicians use advanced water extraction and drying equipment to remove excess water and dry the affected flooring, cabinets, and building materials. If mold growth has formed as a result of the leak, we can also provide mold remediation.
You can expect the following with our water damage restoration services:
- Containment of the leaking water
- Removal of excess water and drying with water extraction and drying equipment
- Repair and restoration of affected areas
- Mold removal if needed
Call ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration
If a leak from your dishwasher has caused damage in your kitchen, make sure you call our professionals at ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration for water damage restoration. You can reach us at (303) 791-6000 for leaking dishwasher water damage cleanup in Denver, CO and the surrounding areas.