How to Remove Mold from Your Dishwasher

Mold. It’s one of those four-letter words that can do more than offend you or give you the creepy crawlies. It can cause serious concerns about the condition of your home and the potential for health-related problems that mold can trigger.

A common mold breeding ground is right inside your dishwasher. Mold thrives in warm, dark, damp places. It also loves leftover food particles and soap residue – so, what’s not to like about a dishwasher.

Luckily, with a little elbow grease and some basic cleaning supplies, you can remove even the most stubborn of mold deposits and keep it from coming back.

  • Start with an empty dishwasher and remove all racks and silver-wear trays or baskets. Wash the racks and trays by hand with warm soapy water and set aside to dry.
  • Mix 2 cups hot water with ½ cup distilled white vinegar in a bowl or empty spray bottle, and apply to the moldy areas as well as all seals and crevices where mold might be hiding. Thoroughly scrub the inside of your dishwasher with an old toothbrush or sponge – paying special attention to the underside of the spinning arms – and then rinse with warm water.
  • Place the racks and utensil tray back in the dishwasher. Pour two cups of vinegar into a small dishwasher-safe bowl or measuring cup and place it upright on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run a full wash cycle on the highest heat setting.
  • Finally, sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the dishwasher floor and run a full wash cycle on the highest heat setting a second time. While the vinegar works to kill the mold, the baking soda tackles any mold spores the vinegar may have missed while it deodorizes the interior.

When the job is completed, you can step back and enjoy your shiny clean and fresh-smelling dishwasher. To keep mold from coming back, wipe down any wet areas if you won’t be running the dishwasher for a few days.

At Eagle Service Company, we can stop the spread of mold in your home when the problem stems from a leaking water pipe. So, if you should spot black mold forming on all walls, ceilings, or inside your tub or shower, contact us so we can determine the cause, source, and take the necessary corrective action.

How to Prevent Pipes from Leaking

When water flows to the wrong place at the wrong time – as it would from a cracked or leaking pipe – it can cause extensive damage to your home and personal belongings.  Even a slow drip behind a bathroom or kitchen cabinet can cause sheetrock and wood floors to rot, thus leading to large and pricey repairs.

And since damaged water pipes come in all shapes and sizes, it’s important to understand what can cause a pipe to crack or burst and what you can do to prevent that from happening.

  1. Frozen Pipes

An un-insulated pipe exposed to below freezing temperatures can freeze, burst, and instantly start gushing water.  That can happen in your garage, a crawl space, or in any other unheated space. To prevent pipes from freezing, disconnect outdoor hoses and drain the faucets. Shut off and drain your irrigation system for the winter. And make sure all pipes located in unheated spaces are insulated.

  1. Leaky Pipes

Minor pinholes in your water pipes can’t fix themselves, but they can grow and become even more problematic.  It’s okay to tape over a leak in the short term, but don’t wait too long before implementing a more permanent solution.

  1. Unattended Drain Clogs

If a clogged drain is left to sit, it can cause water pressure to increase in that pipe.  Over time, the added pressure can cause the pipe to crack and spill its contents.

  1. Corroded Pipes

The older a home and its plumbing, the more prone metal pipes become to internal corrosion.  Constant exposure to soil, water, and temperature fluctuations can do a number on them, so you’ll want to baby them as much as possible for added years of service.  Start by switching from chemical to green drain cleaning liquids.

At Eagle Service Company we offer high-quality pipe repair and replacement services.  Same goes for water pipe insulation, sewer and drain cleaning, and any other home plumbing needs you might have. Contact us today for more information or a free quote on the home plumbing solution of your choice.