Dishwasher, Dishwashing odor, DIY, Home improvement, Uncategorized, Waterproof

Remove Unwanted Dishwasher Odors Once and For All

Remove Dishwasher Odor Quick and Clean


Remove unwanted dishwasher odors quickly and effectively. Keep your dishwasher working and smelling good.

Have you ever run your dishwasher at night, come down in the morning to grab a cup for your first steaming mug of coffee, and been hit by foul odors as you open the door to said dishwasher? Don’t call a repair person yet. This problem most likely has a simple and low cost repair that you can do yourself. Likewise the resulting knowledge and expertise you gain can help you keep your dishwasher working it’s best and smelling clean also. Follow the steps and the video below to learn how. 

  1. Find the owner’s manual to your dishwasher. If you can’t, maybe locate information on the internet. Familiarize yourself with the main parts and recommended detergent and/or rinse agents to use with your particular make and model.
  2. The first place to check is the screen, clean that out thoroughly. Remove any parts that can or should be removed and make sure those are clean then replace them.
  3. Next you will need to locate and clean the dishwasher sprayer arm ports. You can use a small object such as a toothpick to do this. Be careful  you do not break off the toothpicks or any other item as they will get stuck in there.
  4. Tip the door of your dishwasher and clean the bottom edge of the dishwasher and the lip all the way around. Clean any surface areas where you can see there is food or build up.
  5. As a final solution you can purchase a special cleaner for your dishwasher and run your dishwasher on a full cycle using this cleaner. Follow all manufacturer’s directions on the product and make sure whatever you purchase is compatible with your dishwasher model and make.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do keep up regular cleaning of your screen and sprayer arm ports to avoid future unwanted odors in your dishwasher
  • Do let the cleaner that you spray around the lip and edge of the dishwasher sit for some time to assist in cleaning and degreasing the surface
  • Don’t use bleach on your dishwasher. It’s is very corrosive on metal parts and does not solve the problem
Cracks, Downspout, Home improvement, Leakage, Waterproof

Install Downspout Extensions to Preserve the Foundation of Your Home from Leaks and Cracks

Downspout Extensions Prevent Damage to Foundation


The most important part of any project is the foundation. And preserving and protecting the foundation of your home is also an excellent place to start with home repair. Water runoff from gutters that end directly next to your home can mean water seeping into the ground there and creating cracks in your home’s foundation. To avoid this you can easily and quickly install several different kinds of downspout extensions depending on the location of your downspout and what your needs are. Choose which one is best for you and your home and follow the steps below.

There are several options that you have when it comes to choosing which extension to use to channel water away from the end of your downspout and the foundation of your home. The easiest one is simply a splash block. You simply purchase the splash block and then position it under the elbow of the downspout to direct water away from the bottom of the downspout.

Another option is to purchase a downspout extension that comes equipped with a clip that you attach with a screw, higher up on the spout. You remove the elbow at the bottom of the downspout and attach the extension with screws on either side of where it attaches to the downspout. Then you screw the clip on the side of the downspout so that you can raise or lower the extension should you want to mow or work close to the house.

You can also purchase an accordion downspout extension. It is attached exactly the same way you would in step two. The advantage of this option is that it is very flexible and can be cut to at the end where the overflow comes out. You can easily direct it around shrubs or anything else close to your home.

You can watch this short video below to get a better sense of which extension you might get and how to install them following the steps above.

Keep In Mind

  • Measure and look carefully at  your downspouts and decide which extension will suit your needs best. Take into account what you will be doing around each downspout, such as yardwork. Not all of your spouts will necessarily need the same solution.
  • There are other options besides the three listed above so before you  go for the least expensive or quickest option make sure you will get the results you  want.