Monday, June 13, 2016

When the Dishwasher Decided to Make a Moat in our Kitchen

Hi all - didja think I disappeared? Yeah can't blame ya, it's been a little bit since the last update with our master bedroom.

Last week we didn't get very far with our electrical work in the master. We have all our supplies readied and we measured and drilled for where the new wall sockets would go, but haven't been able to get much further for three reasons:

1. it's summer, therefore to stay in the good graces of our neighbors, we've been trying to catch up on a lot of yardwork

2. it's summer, and our schedule is more packed on weekends (family reunion this past weekend)

3. it's summer...and though the season has nothing to do with it, our kitchen's LG dishwasher that we've never used sprung a leak


The dishwasher had leaked all night and we had a big puddle by morning all around the area. The water also seeped under the peel-n-stick laminate floor and into the wood floor underneath and was dripping into the basement. Not good.

Thinking we might have a clog in the piping, Karl checked the pipes under the sink and took apart the trap, but it was completely clear.


Next we prepared our noses for opening the dishwasher.

Why our noses?

The dishwasher has remained unused because from inspection day we discovered an awful, foul odor that would emit from it any time it was opened. We figured it was just because it hadn't been run in awhile. That first week after moving in I put a dishwasher capsule in it and some baking soda on the bottom tray and let it run and rinse. Twice. But the smell didn't go away even the tiniest bit.

We've checked it a few more times over the months when we're feeling stupid brave, but the stench has remained and therefore we never have used it since, which has been fine because it's just the two of us.

Now for some reason even in non-use it was leaking, so we decided to check it out.

the dishwasher of doom

Being pregnant and easily nauseated, I didn't stick around for this part, and poor Karl did. He donned an air mask, opened it, and found water sitting in the bottom of it. As he emptied it and the filter he came up with bucket after bucket of gross, moldy water. Ugh. I don't even like picturing it.

Now free of the moldy water, we put dishwasher soap again into it and gave it a whirl. However, the entire time it ran (which was a crazy 2 hours!), we could smell the really bad odor from before and it smelled up the entire main floor.

We opened and inspected it after it finished washing and draining, but the odor was still there.

We also remain clueless as to what caused the leak in the first place.

In summation, we have a still-smelly dishwasher, no idea why it leaked, and a bubbled tile floor.

But I can tell you this; that dishwasher is going bye-bye.

I was hoping to replace it with a dent-n-scratch Bosch before the baby came, so this is just the kick-in-the-butt needed to start seriously looking for one. But we'll also need to figure out if there's something wrong with the plumbing before hooking up a new one, as we wouldn't want a repeat showering of water.

Any plumbing advice or ideas on things we could check on for the problem?




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