Also known as a drip pan, the drain pan is a plate that fits underneath the dishwasher to prevent leakage, which can damage hardwood and linoleum. Though tile is more water-resistant, leaks can create unsafe conditions in any kitchen.
Drip pan installation is a fairly simple process. However, people who do not feel up to the task should contact installation professionals. All installed drip pans should be placed so the raised pan edges rest against the back wall and the sides of the cabinets. Silicone sealant is used to fully seal the drip pan to the floor, providing further assurance against leakage.