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What to do if your dishwasher isn't cleaning dishes properly

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If you have an older dishwasher, you may have encountered the frustrating problem of pulling out dishes after a cycle only to find that they're covered in scaling, bits of food or other debris that should have been removed completely. There's a couple reasons this could be happening, some of which can be addressed by yourself and some by a certified Virginia plumber.

Here are some problems that typically come up with dishwashers, and ways that you can try to mitigate the problem:

  • Dishes are covered in food: If your glassware and other items are covered with bits of food, you may need to clean the filter and spray arm, which are typically located at the bottom of the dishwasher. Simply open it, remove the bottom rack and detach the spray arm, and clean the holes where water comes out. The filter should be located beneath that, and can be cleaned easily with soap and water.
  • Dishwashwer leaves items covered in scaling: If your clear glass and plastic cups are covered in a hazy, foggy coating, you may have a problem with hard water. You can try adding vinegar during a wash cycle, or you may want to consider calling a plumber to discuss having a water softening system installed.

In situations where you aren't sure how to fix the problem, the best course of action is to call John C. Flood, the leading DC plumbing company, and have one of our specialists come take a look at your dishwasher and plumbing system. We'll help you find a solution so that you and your family can go back to having sparkling, spotless dishes and glassware.