What to Do When Your Dishwasher Floods

The latest dishwasher models typically feature safety devices that cut down on the risk of flooding, but if you have an older dishwasher or your high-tech model’s devices fail, you could end up with an extremely wet problem on your hands. When water comes rushing out of your dishwasher, you may feel yourself start to panic, which is why we’ve put together these handy tips to help you get the problem quickly under control.

1. Turn off your dishwasher. This may seem like common sense, but many people get excited when they see signs of flooding and take steps to try and seal the dishwasher rather than turning it off.

2. If it is safe to, unplug items in receptacles along the floor. If the flood occurred while you were out and there is standing water on the floor, don’t touch the plugs.

3. If you live in an apartment or condominium and a large amount of water is standing on the floor, contact your downstairs neighbor to alert them. You may also want to contact your landlord right away, unless doing so will just compound the stress of the moment. Otherwise, you may want to clean the mess before you get in touch with them.

4. Use cotton towels to absorb as much of the water as possible. This may take some time and require several towels. If the water is dirty, mop the floor after you have soaked up as much of the water as you can. Never use a heater to try and dry up the water as this could damage your floors.

5. Call us at Matic Service to come out and have a look at your dishwasher. We can assess the problem and get it fixed or let you know that it’s time to shop for a replacement.

6. Empty your dishwasher and finish washing your dishes by hand. Don’t use your dishwasher again until we’ve come out and made repairs.