Plunged clogged sink- now there's a leak by my dishwasher

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Miss wants to fix it, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. Miss wants to fix it

    Miss wants to fix it New Member

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    I looked up how to unclog my kitchen sink and I took a plunger to it and it worked great. But then I noticed there is a significant leak coming from the area between my sink and dishwasher. I haven't run my dishwasher yet because I'm guessing that it has something to do with the hose that runs to my main sink pipe or waste pipe...That's my guess, but I don't know where i would find the hose because under the sink it's all dry. I don't see where this hose would be. Can someone advise what I can do?

    Thanks very much!!!


    One last thing- I just checked my basement under where the sink/dishwasher are located and the floor is wet. The wood on the ceiling looks wet in a few areas too- one by a pipe that is sticking down toward the floor, and another place, by the hole where my sink is.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2008
  2. patrick88

    patrick88 Plumber

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    I would look to see if you have any water in your dishwasher. If so I would bet you plunged your sink into the dishwasher, or some of the water. I would unscrew the bottom panel of the dishwasher (2 screws) and look for a drip. Your next step would be to look for the discharge hose and see if it came undone.
  3. Miss wants to fix it

    Miss wants to fix it New Member

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    Thanks for your great advice! It worked! I got water all over the place- didn't expect as much to come out of the dishwasher as did- but it worked like a charm. Thanks again!
  4. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Basically in plunging your sink you made the water syphon into the dishwasher.
  5. Miss wants to fix it

    Miss wants to fix it New Member

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    I hear you however, not entirely. There was water in my dishwasher and leaking onto the kitchen floor before I took the plunger to the sink. I don't doubt that I added to the water in the washer but I think the hose was loose because of the clog.
  6. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    The dishwasher drain should have a high loop up to the bottom of the counter top to prevent water from a clogged line from running into the dishwasher. Or, itshould have an airgap installed.
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