Leaking Kitchen Drain/Dishwasher

My kitchen sink has been draining slowly for the past few days, and almost overflowed while running my built in dishwasher this afternoon. After that, the water was either not draining at all, or very very slowly. I tried using a plunger on the drain, and now there is water leaking from under my dishwasher into my basement. I'm hoping to avoid the expense of calling a plumber, does anyone have any ideas on what I should try now? Thank you!!
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snipped-for-privacy@mts.net writes:

This one requires paper and a calculator.
Compare the expense of calling a plumber with the expense of repairing water damage.
If you are unwilling to call a plumber, there's a trap under your sink. It's that bit of piping that swoops down low then comes back up again and disappears into the wall or the floor. Its purpose is to keep you from smelling sewage fumes from your drain. It's also a great place for ick to accumulate.
Get a bucket. Put it under the trap. Loosen the nuts on both sides of that drain trap with a wrench. There will be water in the trap (that water is what separates your sewer line from smelling up your living space). Seal up the outlet line temporarily so you don't have to smell the sewer gasses. Clean the nastiness out of the trap. Put it back in place.
Then try to figure out how/what you goofed up with the plunger on your dishwasher's outlet hose.
Best Regards, -- Todd H. http://toddh.net /
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On Apr 1, 1:23 am, snipped-for-privacy@toddh.net (Todd H.) wrote:

If you can't even identify exactly what is leaking before having to ask for help, I would say call a plumber.
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