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

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  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.
     
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  2. patrick88

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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.
     
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  4. 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!
     
  5. Redwood

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    Basically in plunging your sink you made the water syphon into the dishwasher.
     
  6. 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.
     
  7. Redwood

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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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