Anyone who has installed a dishwasher before can tell you one thing: it’s a lot harder than it seems. If it was simply a matter of attaching a couple of hoses, then no one would need a licensed plumber for dishwasher installation. But, as it turns out, installing a dishwasher is tricky business and best left to the professionals, even your home insurance provider agrees.

There are plenty of reasons you need a licensed, professional to install your dishwasher, and not simply because they are also very expensive and delicate machines. Here are 3 reasons we know you should hire a professional plumber to install your dishwasher.

It’s Very Technical Work (and hard)

Sometimes when a dishwashing machine is installed new connections must be made, or existing connections must be altered in some way to allow for a seamless problem free install. There are specific codes and regulations that must be adhered to when performing such plumbing installations. So when this is the case it is always a good idea to hire someone on that has the proper training and experience to get this work done properly. When new plumbing connections need to be made the last thing you want to do is to rely on someone with little or no experience. Proper installation of a dishwasher is not an area where you want to gamble on inexperienced craftsmanship.

Improperly installed dishwashers lead to leaking, wasted water, and in the worst cases water damage to the surrounding areas. This is all on top of the dishwasher itself not working at maximum capacity. All of this can be solved with a professional installation. They will make sure everything is working properly and is watertight. That way, your purchase will work for longer and leave the rest of your home alone.

Don’t Void Related Home Insurance

While dishwasher inspections do not require inspections under Toronto city guidelines, any electrical or water damage resulting from an improper installation can and will cause you a headache later on. Insurers can argue neglect on your part to avoid paying out for damage, whether the problem located in the connections to the dishwasher itself or elsewhere. Even if your dishwasher is still under warranty, they won’t install it for free, meaning you may not even solve the problem anyways. Getting a professional will keep you in the clear from an insurance standpoint, which is very important considering this is a machine that uses both power and water.

Make Sure Your Kitchen Looks Its Best (and the job is guaranteed)

Dishwasher installation is a very invasive job, requiring a lot of maneuvering and rearranging to fit into your kitchen. And since your spending so much money on your kitchen with this new appliance, you probably want your space to look its best. That’s where a licensed plumber can help. They will make sure the work is done with as little impact as possible and will clean up after they’re finished, leaving your kitchen looking its best.

Avoid A Leaking Dishwasher

To those people who have never spent any time working with their hands or performing any kind of handyman work around their house we strongly advise against any kind of plumbing work – a few simple, honest mistakes during the installation can lead to disaster. Since many homeowners do not have the experience and know-how necessary to perform a leak-free high-quality installation of their dishwasher they run into issues down the road. One such issue is the potential for a leaking dishwasher caused by problems during the install.  An improper waterline connection or drainage connection can take a while to make it known, during this period of time an improperly installed dishwasher can slowly leak water. When this happens the problem will only be discovered when the leaky connection is a serious problem. The absolute best way to avoid water leaks caused by leaking dishwasher connections is to hire a professional Toronto area dishwasher installer.

Avoid Expensive Dishwasher Repairs

For those brave souls who have gone the route of DIY installation or hiring a handyman on the cheap, and ended up with a lemon of an installation, they may have a hard time dealing with the aftermath. Let’s say you have a dishwasher installed for very little money, then a problem develops down the road, it turns into a severe water damage issue and you try to make an insurance claim – or your dishwasher has developed a serious problem and you’d like to make a warranty claim. Well if you have code violations and an improperly installed dishwasher you can forget about your claim. You’ll be paying out of pocket to repair any related water damage. Additionally, if you think it may be a faulty dishwasher and contact the company, you may have a representative from the company come out to see the problem. If they discover an improperly installed or damaged dishwasher you’ll have to resort to paying out of pocket for a new one and/or dealing with any associated damages.

Also, if you or an unlicensed plumber installs your dishwasher, then no one will fix it for free if you did something wrong. A proper plumber will install your dishwasher cleanly and professionally, but if anything does goes wrong, it’s on their head. They will come and fix it for free.

No matter the type or where it is going, getting a professional to install your new dishwasher is always a great idea. Hiring a Toronto plumber from Absolute Draining & Plumbing is a good idea that will put your mind at ease, and coversyou in regards to your home insurance. Plus, your kitchen will still look great afterwards. Don’t try to install it yourself and risk water and electrical damage, hire a professional plumber instead.

Andrew Olexiuk - Your Toronto Plumbing Expert
Andrew Olexiuk - Your Toronto Plumbing Expert
Andrew has over 20 years of experience as a plumbing contractor. He is co-owner and operator of Absolute Draining & Plumbing, a professional plumbing company serving residential & commercial properties across the Toronto, Ontario region.
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