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How To Permanently Solve White Scum Problems In Dishwashers

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Problems In DishwashersYou may be so sick and tired of the white scum your dishwasher leaves on the dishes that you want to throw it out and replace it with a new one. It’s really frustrating to deal with rinsing and rubbing every plastic container, glass, plate, and utensil just to get the white, chalky stuff off.

First, let’s take a look at why your darn dishwasher is leaving soap scum all over everything and then go over 4 steps to follow to get rid of the problem permanently without replacing a perfectly good dishwasher.

Why Your Dishwasher Leaves Soap Scum

Dishwashers leave soap scum on your dishes because of calcium and other sediments that are natural to have in the water supply. The more sediments there are, the harder the water will be.

Hard water has more minerals and sediments in it, which when heated turns into limescale. Limescale sticks to everything including dishwasher soap. This results in chalky, white deposits that coat everything including the plumbing pipes and in all fixtures such as your dishwasher.

1. Have Your Dishwasher Drain Line Cleaned

A plumber can professionally clean your dishwasher and the drain line. The drain line can get coated with the limescale sediments which can force some wastewater back up into the dishwasher. All that gets circulated around the next time you use it.

2. Get Full-Service Drain Cleaning

If you get drain cleaning service for your whole house, you’ll be treating the problem for all your plumbing fixtures and not just the dishwasher. Your showers and tubs will drain freely, your dishwasher will work better, and your sinks and toilets won’t back up as easily. We use high-pressure water jetting to remove the limescale buildup in your pipes.

3. Get Your Water Heater Serviced

Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance. It needs to be flushed out and cleaned out once a year. Minerals transform into sticky limescale when heated up by the water heater and that’s where the problem begins with the scum all over your dishes.

4. Install A Whole Home Water Softener

A whole home water softener will treat the water before it gets to the hot water heater and then the dishwasher. All the pipes will stay free of limescale buildup which will make a huge difference for your dishwasher.

Keep in mind that you need to follow all 4 of these steps in order to completely solve the white scum problem in your dishwasher. While one may work temporarily, the other issues will still cause a problem.