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Question DetailsAsked on 9/24/2015

when using the dishwasher water overflows from the overflow on the countertop by the sink...running all over

When using the washer the kitchen drain burgled. When using the dishwasher...when it drains water runs out of the overflow drain by the sink, then all over the counter and floor

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That overflow is from the air breaker on the dishwasher discharge line - means the line is plugged, most commonly where it hooks onto the garbage disposal - a LOUSY place to plumb it to because the connection barb on the dishwasher is an inside connection so it cathes food particles and plugs up, but the most common place. My preference is to install it with a wye (wye legs pointing up) stubbed off the riser from the other side of the sink to the trap, or as a poor second in the pipe from dishwasher to trap, so it has access to a free flow pipe.

The cap typically looks like this - (the cap has been lifted off to show the splash guard/diverter inside, under which are the two hoses - one from dishwasher, other to the drain pipes) -

and the slot or openings in the cap should point to the sink so if it overflows the water goes into the sink - though most people don't realize it can overflow so point it away so the slot does not show, resulting in your countertop flooding.
On the gurgling when the washer runs - if you mean the washing machine rather than the dishwasher, then you probably either have a partly plugged drain line so the washing machine discharge started backing up to the nearest low elevation (relative to the plug) - the kitchen sink in this case. The other alternative is your washer discharge standpipe is not properly vented - though if that was the case you should have heard the gurgling ever since you moved into the house (or got that washer, whichever is most recent). One other possibility - you got a new washer with higher outflow rate and the standpipe it goes into is undersized (1-1/2" or maybe even 2" with some high-capacity machines) so it cannot go down the drain pipe fast enough, so is backing up into the sink drain pipes. This would normally only happen if the washer is quite modern (5 years or less old roughly unless commercial sized) AND is locasted fairly close to the kitchen sink - in the kitchen or adjacent utility room or at a higher elevation on same drain branch pipe.

If you are not able to track the issue and asolve it yourself, then Plumbing or Plumbing - Drain Cleaning would be your Search the List category.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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