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Smell?? My dishwasher has had a funky smell since we started running it. It almost smells like it is not draining properly or sewer gas is coming back into the dishwasher. Any ideas?

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    Dishwasher smells like sewer water. I don't think it's draining completely. Same LG dishwasher, piece of ****.

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Check to make sure that the drain hose loops as high as possible before coming back down to the disposer or branch tailpiece drain. If the drain hose just goes straight up to the drain connection, dirty water can seep back into the dishwasher.

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