Mind Your Dishwasher Air Gap

Have you noticed your kitchen dishwasher air gap lately?. Thats the thing that mounts either directly to your kitchen sink, or the counter top. It looks like a small upside down cup with vent holes. In the event that your kitchens dishwasher drainage should back up, this little gadget makes sure the backed up water gets directed into your sink instead of your floor – and the dishwasher can empty out.

It’s amazing how every time you turn around, the air gap is pointed away from the kitchen sink. You want to make sure the air gap actually point towards the kitchen sink so that it can do it’s job properly. If you have an inattentive spouse or house cleaners, the dishwasher air gap seems to constantly point in any direction other than the kitchen sink.

In this condition if your dish washer were to back up, the water would spill from the air gap all over the place, all over the remodeled counter top, down the refaced cabinets, into the cabinets, and onto the floor – probably ruining that expensive new kitchen cabinet refacing job that looks so good. You could even wind up damaging the flooring depending on what kind you have.

There might be some models of air gap that have a way to limit the air gap to point at the kitchen sink, or perhaps a way of modifying the air gap so that it can not rotate out of position, but it’s the kind of thing that should not be necessary.

If your dishwasher air gap has a habit of getting rotated around until it no longer points into your sink, it would be a good idea to make a habit of taking note of it whenever you use the sink – correct the situation and make sure it points into the kitchen sink. You will be so thankful you did when that dishwasher finally does back up.

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