5 Drain Issues That May Require A Professional Plumber


Do you consider yourself a savvy DIY-er or handyman? That’s great! If you can fix something yourself, you’re going to because it saves you money and you won’t have to worry about finding someone else to do it. Just remember though, not every problem has an easy fix – especially when it comes to plumbing issues. While it is true that minor clogs can be cleared simply by using a plunger or chemical drain cleaner, remember that often times home drainage issues indicate a larger, long-term problem that requires the attention of a professional plumber. If you notice any of these 5 warning signs of drainage issues in your home, contact a professional plumber at Eastern Plumbing right away!

1. Overflowing Toilet

If your toilet overflows it can cause serious damage to your home. Items that don’t belong in the toilet and get flushed can become logged in the pipes. If your toilet overflows multiple times, you should call a plumber. Often times a clog in your toilet is part of bigger drainage issue that will get worse over time.

2. Slow Drainage

As a homeowner, you should never take drainage problems lightly. While it may be easy to just go to your local hardware store for chemical drain cleaner to solve the problem, it can escalate into a much bigger issue. Slow drains can be caused by the early stages of a clog, pipes that have been narrowed by mineral or grease buildup, or even improper grading of your drainage system. Call a professional at Eastern Plumbing to pinpoint the source of the problem – before it damages or breaks your pipes.

3. Foul Odor

Odors emanating from your drains or sinks can be a sign of a major issue. When a blockage begins to form, it can send foul odors into your home. Call a plumber immediately to determine the origin of the smell. The professional plumbers at Eastern Plumbing can use sewer cameras to inspect your lines. This will give them an accurate location to work in and the issue can be eliminated.

4. Major Leaks

If you notice water in your basement and/or near a floor drain, or if you see water bubbling up from the ground, then you may have a major leak in your sewer drain. Leaking drains can require major cleanup and cause environmental damage. It is important to call a professional the moment you notice standing water. Preventing the situation from progressing and correcting it quickly is Eastern Plumbing’s top priority.

5. Unusual Sounds

If you hear gurgling or other strange noises coming from your toilet, drains or pipes, call an expert immediately. This could be an indication that your wastewater isn’t draining properly and an overflow may be on its way.

As you can see not all plumbing issues can be tackled alone. Luckily, the experts at Eastern Plumbing are here to help! Give us a call today.

Choosing The Right Toilet For You

How much thought should you put into picking a toilet? Actually, probably more than you think! While it isn’t the most visually stunning, it is still one of the most important plumbing fixtures in your bathroom. When it comes to choosing a toilet: size, seat height, color, function and other factors should play into your decision.

There are tons of different styles of toilets on the market today.

Two-piece toilets have the tank bolted to the top of the bowl. This is typically the most common and affordable style.

A one-piece toilet has an integral tank and bowl. While they can be a little more expensive, they are much easier to clean because they have no seam connecting the two components.

Wall-mounted toilets can add sleek drama to the space and give your bathroom a more modern feel. Cleaning under a wall-mounted toilet is breeze. However, this high-end fixture can be more expensive to install because it requires a thicker wall to mount the toilet and house the tank. Remember, that with this style, future maintenance could require reopening the wall.

Once you’ve decided on the style of your toilet, consider the size of your toilet bowl and seat as well as the flushing mechanism.


Many people find that an elongated toilet bowl and seat is much more comfortable.

In a small bathroom a round toilet bowl and seat can save you space. Consider the size of your bathroom to determine what bowl style will work best.

Push-button toilets are becoming more and more popular. They give your bathroom a modern, spa feel – even if the rest of your house is more traditional.

Lever toilets are usually less expensive. They also have a much more classic look.

While style and cost matter, how much water it uses and how much it can flush matter a little more. The ideal toilet will both conserve water and effectively clean the bowl in only one flush!

If you have questions about choosing or installing the ideal toilet for your space, Eastern Plumbing in Greenville and New Bern can help. Our technicians are experienced in all kinds of toilet installation and bathroom plumbing.