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If perhaps you are encountering a bad stench when the dishwasher is running, there might be many explanations why. Some issues and repairs are quick fixes which any Indianapolis homeowner might deal with, however some will need a professional. We have collected 4 of the most common stinky dishwasher problems and how to carry out the plumbing repair.

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The dishwasher screen goes over the drain to keep food, utensils, as well as other big things from going down. It’s very similar to a sink drain screen. Occasionally, it might get clogged up and cause an awful smell. This is an easy fix, though! All one will need to do to correct this situation, would be to take the screen out and wash it. After it’s cleaned, it would be a wise course of action to run the dishwasher when it’s empty to totally cleanse the system.

Mildew and Mold

It’s rather easy for mildew and mold to grow a dishwasher’s conditions. So, if mold or mildew is to blame, simply pour vinegar at the bottom of the dishwasher, then run it, empty, set to the heavy wash cycle. This will get rid of the mold or mildew. To remove the smell, spread baking soda on the bottom, and run the dishwasher, for a second time, unfilled and set at heavy wash. Stopping this from developing all over again, is as simple as rinsing off the dishes manually before putting them in the dishwasher.

Drain Line Issues

Most all drain lines contain a drain tap. A drain tap is a jointed section of piping that resembles an elbow. In the bend, there always needs to be water. The water in the drain tap prevents the sewer gas from coming into the property. However, it is shockingly common that the dishwasher installer could have fitted the dishwasher on the sewage side of the drain tap as opposed to the drain line half. If this is the issue, a professional will need to come over to check if the dishwasher was set up appropriately.

Stopped up Sewer Line

All the drains within ones residence lead to the sewer line. The sewer line is a sizeable line which carries all the water from the property to the sewage system. But, the sewer line sometimes gets clogged. In the event that this happens, the drains throughout the residence will block up and there will be a foul odor coming from the sewage. This is not a problem one would need to guess about for ones dishwasher. It is going to be apparent this is the situation because of the smell as well as if other drains within the residence are blocked. This is another job for the experts, because sewage waste materials can be harmful.

When there is a strong odor from the dishwasher and the above maintenance tasks have been carried out, give us a call and we will care for the Indianapolis Plumbing Repair.