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No air gap, water is siphoned out

My dishwater is in an island away from the sink. The drain is in the floor with no air gap. The water keeps being siphoned out. Just bought a new Kenmore Elite. Never had this problem with the other two dishwashers. How can I get by without installing an air gap? If not how can I install an air gap in this situation?

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Http://www.applianceaid.com/dish.html just click the link above directly and check out the instructions by clicking the required options from the link. thanks.

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Many of the manufactures today have gone to a plastic corrugated drain hose on there dishwashers. These hoses have been trouble for leaking!!. Where the drain hose makes a bend it seems to get weak and splits = water on the floor. If you have a leaking water problem, especially if the dishwasher still leaks when the dishwasher is not in use complaint...check for a cracked drain hose.

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Just go to a hardware store and buy an anti-siphon valve in the plumbing section, u will most likely need an expert to install it.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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