I am a first time home buyer. I have observed when the dishwasher is
working then water comes out of the protruding part (I am not sure
what it is called) located by the side of the kitchen sink faucette.
Can anybody please help me figure out what is wrong and how to get it
| I am a first time home buyer. I have observed when the dishwasher is
| working then water comes out of the protruding part (I am not sure
| what it is called) located by the side of the kitchen sink faucette.
| Can anybody please help me figure out what is wrong and how to get it
Sounds like a portable. That's how they drain. A portable came with my house
that I was able to "install" and not have to drag around so it could spit
waste water all over the kitchen sink. For me it was a matter of drilling a
couple holes in the floor and running some hose's for water and waste to the
basement. I Y'ed off the hot water feed for the clothes washer and ran the
waste to the washtub in the basement. Used garden hose fittings and high
temp hose for the supply. BIG improvement.
I think what the OP is referring to is an "air gap" which is mounted on
the faucet deck of the sink. If these are clogged, water can come out of
the air gap when the DW is draining. IIRC, the cap of the air gap can be
unscrewed to expose the small pipes underneath, where the clog probably
This has nothing to do with a portable DW.
abhijit email@example.com (Abhijit) wrote in
Sounds like this is your problem...
Q. "My airgap on my sink keeps spitting water every time that I run our
dishwasher. What is wrong?"
A. Quality made air gaps are pretty basic products that rarely go "bad".
If you purchased your airgap from us you can rest assured that it is a
quality airgap. IF your air gap didn't spit in the past then try running
your garbage disposer for a few minutes. Basically the way your
dishwasher airgap works is that water is pumped through the smaller side
of the airgap (5/8") into the airgap and then gravity takes it to your
sink (or disposer) with larger hose (7/8"). The larger size has an area
of about twice as large and with gravity there normally isn't any
problem. If the 7/8" hose is sagging or there is grease build up or a
partial stoppage or blockage in your sink/disposer the airgap can
"spit." After inspecting under the sink to make sure the 7/8" isn't
kinked or going up hill at all (it has to go smoothly downhill all the
way) then disconnect the 7/8" hose at the sink/disposer and point it into
a large bucket. Then run the dishwasher and see if the airgap still
spits. If it does then you know you need a new airgap and if it doesn't
then you know the "problem" is after the hose.
abhijit firstname.lastname@example.org (Abhijit) wrote in message
*Sounds* like an air gap for the d/w drain, this prevents water from
flowing backwards. If the air gap is leaking it may be clogged or
dirty and needs a good cleaning out, if the leak still occurs just
replace the air gap. Many plumbing codes require the air gap as part
of your house plumbing code, my area doesn't need them :)
D/w air gap drain
Appliance Repair Aid
On 21 Aug 2004 06:58:26 -0700, email@example.com (jeff) wrote:
Oh, that's what it looks like! Thanks. I was imagining something
uglier like the pipe for my mother's washing machine.
Still, I'm glad I don't need one, whatever reason.
Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself!
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