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Five Early Signs of a Clogged DishwasherGULFPORT, MS

A dishwasher can be a saving grace in your kitchen. From daily dirty dishes to large parties that can overload the countertops, this appliance can save hours of work. When it goes out, we try to convince ourselves that it's just a luxury; that we are adults and can wash a load of plates by hand. Then it becomes apparent just how helpful that automatic cycle really is for everyday life. Don't let yourself ever get caught unawares without the appliance. Instead, keep an eye out for these five early signs of a clogged dishwasher from ASAP Plumbing and take care of the problem before it becomes a nuisance.


Is your dishwasher making noises that sound like something out of a horror movie? Chances are, the appliance hasn't been possessed by a ghost, but rather is trying to work past a clog in the pipe. If you hear this noise, check that there isn't anything blocking the cap (like food/debris) and listen for the sound again on your next cycle. If the noise persists then it's time to take action.


The dishwasher and the sink are usually connected to the plumbing. Every now and then, if you're running a large cycle, you might notice some water back up the sink drain. If this only happens sporadically then it's not much of an issue. However, if this is happening more often—like every couple of loads—then investigate further for a clogged drain.

Slow Drain

One of the perks of a dishwasher is being able to start a load and then walk away. This means we don't always know the exact specifics of a cycle. However, over time we hear enough to have an idea of what the cycle sounds like and how long it takes to run. If you start to notice that it seems to be taking longer then this is a sign of a slow drain. If you run the kitchen sink at the same time and notice a slow drain there this is also a sign of a clogged drain on the dishwasher since they are connected.

Standing Water

When you open the door to your dishwasher, take a peek at the bottom to see if there is standing water. At the end of each cycle, your washer is supposed to drain but if the appliance is clogged, then the water has nowhere to go. Sometimes this could be happening simply because of debris in the way of the drain. If you see water, wipe out the drain and run a small cycle once again. If the problem persists, then this is a sign that your drain is most likely clogged.

Dirty Dishes

The whole point of a dishwasher is to clean the dishes. So when the plates, glasses, and silverware come out dirty then the entire process seems futile. You find yourself still having to re-wash and dry by hand, taking out time that was meant to be spent elsewhere. If your dishes are coming out still dirty or with smudges and spots, then this is a very visible sign that your appliance could be clogged. Check when unloading for these signs.


You've got a busy life so don't spend unnecessary time washing all of those forks. Watch out for these five early signs of a clogged dishwasher from ASAP Plumbing to keep your appliance in working order.

If you are having issues with your dishwasher, contact ASAP Plumbing today at 228-865-2727 or visit and request a free estimate! We can handle all your plumbing needs including installation, repair, and full water heater replacement.

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