If you have ever lived in a home without a dishwasher, you know how much of a hassle it can be to have to wash all of your dishes, even your silverware, by hand. But what can be even more of a hassle is having a dishwasher that leaks. With a leaky dishwasher, convenience and ease dissolve and are replaced with a messy problem that can quickly lead to dishwasher leak water damage, especially if the leak is left undetected or unchecked.
The following are seven common causes of dishwasher leaks that lead to dishwasher leak water damage:
7 Reasons Your Dishwasher May Be Leaking
1. Corroded Tub
Over time, mineral compounds in water and detergents can cause the tub to corrode, resulting in holes and leaks. Ask a dishwasher repair specialist to inspect it. If the damage isn’t too extensive, they may be able to repair it. Otherwise, you may want to invest in a new machine.
2. Worn Door Gasket
The gasket is a rubber seal around the door that prevents water from leaking out of the dishwasher. Sometimes, these wear out or rip, causing water to seep through. You or a dishwasher repair technician can easily install a new gasket to eliminate the leaking.
3. Loose Hose
A loose drain hose is another common cause of leaks. Drain tubes ensure excess water is drained out of the tub when the washer has finished its cycle. If it is not fitted correctly, water could leak through.
4. Faulty Inlet Valve
The inlet valve is responsible for regulating the water level in the dishwasher. Once it’s filled with the right amount of water, the valve should shut off the supply. Check to see if there is water in the bottom of the washer when it has been turned off. If so, a faulty inlet valve is most likely your problem.
5. Broken Wash Arms
A cracked wash arm or support can force water under the door causing a leak. A new wash arm or wash arm assembly can be installed to solve the problem.
6. Cracked Motor Shaft Seal
If the leak is coming from the dishwasher base, the motor shaft seal may have cracked. You can often replace just the shaft seal itself, but you or a professional may have to replace the entire pump and motor assembly.
7. Damaged Sump Seal/Pump Gasket
Most dishwashers use a sump to collect the water that enters the pump. A damaged sump seal or pump gasket can also result in a water leak and will require the defective component to be replaced.
If you find that one of the above has caused your dishwasher to leak, first repair the issue, then contact Joe Taylor Restoration for any dishwasher leak water damage. If the leak is extreme, or has been occurring for some time, you may also encounter mold damage. We can address that too. But don’t wait. Contact us right away and we will see to it that your kitchen is restored to its original state- mold and water damage free.