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Top 5 reasons your dishwasher didn’t drain

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The humble dishwasher…it’s a modern appliance we take for granted. And when it breaks we are sent straight back into flashbacks of our childhood ‘drying up rosters’ and kitchens that took an hour to clean if dad had been cooking. So, before you break into a cold sweat and call the repairman, what should you check if your dishwasher has stopped draining?  Thanks to ipswichplumbing.com.au for the tips!

  1.    THE DOOR ISN’T CLOSED PROPERLY

Since the simplest explanation is often correct, checking that your dishwasher door is latched correctly is often the best place to start. It’s possible your son didn’t close the door properly when he snuck that cup in midway through the cycle. Or perhaps the door isn’t latching properly altogether? Either way, it’s the best place to start.

  1.    THE DISHES WERE TOO DIRTY

If you have a newer dishwasher that is relatively good at cleaning food from plates, you might be tempted to put dishes in there a little dirtier than normal. And whilst your dishwasher might be doing a great job of getting those dishes clean, those little bits of food need to go somewhere. If you’re frequently finding yourself with a dishwasher that won’t empty, it might be because your dishes haven’t been rinsed properly when they went in…leaving food to back up in the drain or overfill the catcher.

  1.    THE FOOD CATCHER IS FULL

Ahh…the food catcher. That wonderfully gross basket sitting in the bottom of your dishwasher that you beg your husband to empty every couple of months. How long has it been since you’ve fished that thing out and given it a good clean? If your dishwasher isn’t draining, it unfortunately might be time to roll up your sleeve and pull it out.

  1.    THE DRAIN HOSE IS BLOCKED

Okay, so you made it through the first two steps and your dishwasher is still not draining on a normal cycle? It might be time to check the hose connection. This is where it can get a little smelly….

     Pull your dishwasher out, making sure the power is switched off at the wall.

     Check to see if there are any kinks in the hose.

     Check to see if the hose is blocked. You’ll need to disconnect it from the dishwasher itself and should have some old towels and an old toothbrush handy to help remove any blockages.

  1.    YOU NEED A REPAIRMAN

If you’ve gone through all the troubleshooting steps, reset your cycle and you still can’t get your dishwasher to drain, it might be time to call in the cavalry. Some possible other issues that a professional might be able to assist with include:

     Replacing the drain hose

     Checking electricals

     Checking cracks on the sealing of the door

     Looking for leaks

     Inspecting the pre-heating mechanism.

 

What To Do When You Find Your Tap Water Is Brown

What should you do if you find your tap water is brown? Can you still drink from it? There are several reasons why the tap water in your house is producing such discolourations especially when you commonly know the water quality in your area.

Brown flakes appearing. If there are brown flakes coming from the tap while the water quality is still clear, there is a chance that the plumbing in your house is already corroded and these chips that are joining the water are coming from them.

Rusty colour. Rusty coloured water that comes out from your tap can be a yellowish or dark brown to black which is caused when there is a pipe maintenance, burst main pipes, fire hydrant testing, or natural causes. This rusty colour mostly goes out on its own and your water quality will be back to its old self so you do not have to worry when this happens.

What should you do if there is brown water coming out from your tap?

Do not worry first and don’t panic. Check your home if the discoloured water is coming only from one tap or if it is happening to all your faucets. Also, check if your neighbours are experiencing the same water issue or if it is only your house that is having a problem.

If your neighbours are also experiencing your dilemma, this is a good sign that there may be a water maintenance happening in your neighbourhood. If your house is the only one having water problems, there is maybe a chance that something is wrong with your water pipes. Contact a plumbing service provider especially if the quality of water coming out from the taps are not safe to use.

Factors That Determines The Cost Of Plumbing Services

emergency plumbing service basin pocketWhile most homeowners in Australia place extra care with their plumbing and gas fitting needs, they are also cautious when it comes to the price of such services. Plumbing services mostly cost around $80 an hour but can go for $75 an hour for a simple gas fitting job and $90 an hour for complex repairs and installations.

Factors that determine the cost

On average, a gas fitting or piping cost can go around $225, but this only applies to straightforward tasks that do not require removal of the existing pipes.

If the gas fitting has some issues, you will need to check the average rates to determine how much you need to spend once they are done.

Factors that will determine the prices are:

  • Size of the house
  • Number storeys
  • Difficulty of the task
  • Removal of existing pipes
  • Materials needed

Residents in New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and Victoria are paying gas fitters around $80 per hour. The Australian Capital Territory is paying slightly higher with $84 per hour while Western Australia cost is the highest at $99.50 per hour for the services of a gas fitting company.

Total cost for such services can go around $1,100 to around $4,500 and these are mostly depending on the simplicity and complexity of the job.

For instance, the total cost of $1,100 can be because of a damaged water pipe that made the hot water system leaked which required pipe replacement. While the total cost of $4,500 is for the services of also a pipe replacement of a hot water system that is located inside the wall of a bathroom duct.

Before you hire a gas fitting contractor, make sure they are qualified and that they are experienced so that they will be able to do the quality service that is right for your money.