How to Stop a Running Toilet Before Calling a Plumber

Are you annoyed by the sound of running water coming from your toilet? A continuously running toilet is enough to drive anyone crazy, especially after a long day at work. A running toilet is usually a sign of a problem inside the tank and, most of the time, you can fix it yourself.

Here are some things you can check on your running toilet before calling in the professional at Eastern Plumbing.

  • Check the Fill Valve – toilets work by measuring how much water is in the tank by using a float. After a flush, which causes the water to drop below a certain level, the fill valve allows the water to fill back up in the tank before the next flush. A faulty fill valve will allow too little or too much water into the tank, which will cause the toilet to not function properly.
  • Check the Float – the float is the plastic part shaped a little like a cup on the fill valve, this is what lets the valve know when the water level is correct. If it is set too high, the water will go into the overflow tube and the water will keep running. If it is too low, the flapper will stay open.
  • Check the Handle – the exterior handle of the toilet is attached to the flush rod, the piece connected to the chain that leads to the flapper. Make sure the chain has just enough slack to open the flapper.
  • Check the Flapper – many times the flapper can be the cause of running toilets. The flapper must create a proper seal, or water will leak from the tank into the bowl, which will cause the water to continuously run to make up for the water line dropping inside the tank. In order to examine the flapper, you must drain the tank first and then shut off the water coming into the toilet using the shut-off valve.
  • Check the Flapper Chain – if the chain is too long it may get caught under the flapper preventing a seal. If the chain is too short, then there is too much tension on the flapper and will prevent it from sealing completely. This is an easy fix….adjust the chain length,

In most situations, a running toilet can be an easy fix, however if you have done the troubleshooting and none of these steps are working, give us a call. The professionals at Eastern Plumbing are happy to come out, take a look, diagnose and fix your running toilet issues – the first time. Give us a call at 252-758-7579 for all your plumbing needs.

Why Is My Garbage Disposal Leaking?

Garbage disposals sure are convenient when you are cleaning up your kitchen, however, there’s the possibility it could develop leaks over time. This can lead to water damage under the kitchen sink if it is not fixed right away.

Here are some common reasons why your garbage disposal may be leaking:

  • Leaky Sink Flange – Your sink flange is the piece that connects the garbage disposal to the sink drain and they are typically connected to your sink via the flange and plumber’s putty. Leaks could occur because the connection isn’t tight any longer or it has corroded over time.
  • Worn Out Gaskets – When your garbage disposal leaks you should check the gasket between the flange and rubber seal. If you discover any water drips, then your gasket is probably defective, and it needs to be replaced.
  • Loose Drain Lines – Garbage disposals can leak from the drain lines, so check the spot where the appliance meets the lines. If you find a leak, then check the clamp that holds the garbage disposal to the dishwasher and tighten. Side not, the screws on the dishwasher disposal line may need to be tightened too.
  • Loose Seals or Pipes – Since the space under the kitchen sink is typically used to store items such as cleaning supplies, it could be that someone or something hit the pipes causing a leaking garbage disposal.
  • Split or Cracked Body – Check for large cracks on the surface of the garbage disposal – these could cause the garbage disposal to begin leaking and happens if the disposal is really old.
  • Dishwasher Connection – A garbage disposal leak could be from the dishwasher connection to the drainpipe. The dishwasher is connected to the garbage disposal because the dishwasher dumps food waste into the unit and leaks can occur from cracked or loose hoses.

Fixing a garbage disposal leak isn’t always a difficult task requiring a professional plumber, but if you are not up for the task, then call in the experts at Eastern Plumbing today, 252-758-7579!

Items You Should Not Put Down Your Drain

The holidays are approaching quickly, which means many of us will be spending more time in the kitchen preparing meals and treats for family and friends. It is very easy to let food scraps go down the kitchen sink drain, but there are many foods that should NEVER go down your drain, even if you have a garbage disposal.

To help keep your holiday celebrations from being interrupted due to plumbing issues, do not put the following items down your drain:

1. Grease, fat and oils

These three things seem to be the trifecta of most kitchen plumbing issues. They act as a binder for all sorts of materials and can coat your pipes until nothing can pass through them. We encourage clients to put bacon grease, meat fat and other substances similar to then into a can or jar to allow them to cool and then put in your trash.

2. Coffee Grounds

Over time coffee grounds can get stuck in your garbage disposal and build up in your pipes, which can lead to a serious clog over time – which is fairly common!

3. Eggshells

Eggshells may seem harmless, but when the garbage disposal grinds them up, they can get stuck to fat, grease and oils to create a thick mess that can easily clog your pipes.

4. Rice & Pasta

Starchy foods like rice and pasta will expand when wet and clump together. Even after cooking these two products expand and get sticky. Pasta can easily get caught in your disposal trap causing a clog. A few strands of spaghetti probably won’t hurt anything – just large amount could cause plumbing issues.

5. Oatmeal

Oatmeal may not directly cause a clog, but it clumps and sticks to anything it comes into contact with, acting like cement to bind scraps together forming clog.

6. Stringy vegetables

Stringy vegetables such as celery and asparagus are difficult for your garbage disposal to grind up and therefore the strings can get wrapped around the blades.

7. Bones

Bones from chicken, beef or lamb are too hard and dense for your garbage disposal to properly grind – they can get stuck in the flywheel and can cause the blades to break. It is best to throw bones in the trash. Fish bones are the only exception because they are usually very tiny bones.

8. Produce Stickers

These little stickers may fall off easily in the sink while washing your produce, however, they can cause big problems inside your pipes if they go down the drain. If they make it past your pipes, they can then get caught in wastewater treatment pipes and filters, which causes problems with the equipment designed to treat your water.

This holiday season, remember to think twice about what you are putting down your drain. If you are unsure and in doubt, dispose those items in the trash to help avoid a plumbing nightmare. But should you forget and end up with a holiday crisis, call the specialists at Eastern Plumbing at 252-758-7579.

Why is There Sewage Coming Up Through the Bathtub

You certainly weren’t expecting to see sewage coming up through your bathtub drain, although you probably smelled it first and realized something was wrong.  Most often this type of backup is caused by a clog in the main sewer line.

Warning Signs of a Blocked Sewer Line:

  • Gurgling drains – if you hear a percolating noise coming from your bathtub or toilet
  • Slow and low – Water draining slowly can be a warning sign of sewer line problems.
  • Migrating Water – Laundry water is backing up into other pipes or coming up through the kitchen sink is an early sign of sewer line backup.
  • Common Clogs – Bathtub or household drains clogging frequently are a sign of sewer line obstruction.

How to Fix a Clogged Sewer Line

There are a few things you can try to loosen any obstructions in smaller connecting pipes; however, it is unlikely you will be able to clear your sewer line. Some of these methods come with the risk of damaging your plumbing system, so it is always better to call a professional.

  • Check your vent pipe:  The sewer line will not drain properly if the vent pipe becomes blocked. 
  • Snake the Drain:  Remove the bathtub drain cover and push the drain snake down the drain to break up the clog. If this works, the clog will be broken up and your bathtub will drain successfully.
  • Call in the professionals:  If your bathtub is still clogged, you probably have a bigger problem on your hands so call Eastern Plumbing.  They will locate the source of the clog and they have the right equipment and know how to restore your home’s plumbing.

Here are the 5 most probable things that may be clogging your sewer line:

  1. Grease – Cooking oils, grease and fat are good at clogging drains.
  2. Hair – Drain flow may be stopped by the accumulation of hair in your pipes.
  3. Food – Chunks of food can gather in your sewer line, forming a blockage.
  4. Objects – Foreign objects such as bar soap bits, floss, jewelry and toys can cause blockage in sewer lines.
  5. Nature – Tree roots, dirt, rocks or rodents can clog your sewer line.

At the first sign of trouble, seek a solution to avoid costly or permanent damage. Call Eastern Plumbing and let us take care of it for you!

When to Replace Your Kitchen or Bathroom Faucet

When it comes to your plumbing, you should be on the lookout for signs of wear and tear or possible damage to your faucets. Your kitchen and bathroom faucets play such an important part in your everyday life that they’re easy to overlook — that is, until they start leaking!

Water leaks can lead to serious damage in your home and can turn into expensive home repairs if you don’t fix them when they first start. But if you do a minor repair and still have drips and leaks, it’s time to replace your faucet.

When to Replace Your Faucet

Faucets aren’t made to last forever, and over time they start to break down from use. The older the faucet, the less likely it will run efficiently which means your water bills could become more expensive. Here are a few signs to look for in determining when to replace your faucet:

  • Does your faucet have mineral deposits? Mineral deposits can build-up inside your faucet, causing them to perform less than optimally. It can affect appearance as well as the inner workings of the faucet.
  • Does your faucet handle stick or crack when you try to move it? Does it take a few seconds for water to come out when you turn it on? These are signs of internal rusting and corrosion. Once this happens, its time to replace it.
  • Does your faucet constantly need repairs? When your faucet needs constant repairs to function, it’s time to replace it. A few repairs here and there are normally cheaper than a full replacement, but if the repairs begin to add up, you might as well save your money and replace it.
  • What is the age of your faucet? A good rule of thumb for replacing any appliance is by its age. Most will last for about 8-10 years. If yours is nearing the end of its lifespan, it might be time to consider a replacement.
  • You may want a more efficient faucet. Older faucets can waste a lot of water, so if you’re trying to cut down on utility costs, consider getting a new modern faucet.

Damaged faucets are much more than a plumbing nuisance; they can cause serious damage in your home if not taken care of right away. So, if it’s time to replace your kitchen or bathroom faucet, call the professionals at Eastern Plumbing. We’ll help you get new faucets installed quickly and efficiently – give us a call at 252-758-7589 today!

Reasons Why Your Plumbing Sweats in the Summer

If you are tired of finding condensation around your fixtures and pipes during the summer months, here are some solutions you may find helpful:

It’s all about the dew point.

The dew point is the temperature air needs to be cooled to in order for it to release water vapor, and the dew point changes with the humidity level. The higher the humidity, the higher the dew point. Once the temperature is below the dew point condensation occurs.  When air cools on contact with chilled surfaces (such as your water pipes and toilet tanks), it releases water vapor in the form of droplets. Condensation on pipes and tanks is more noticeable during the summer months simply because it is more humid with a higher dew point than other times of the year.

Accumulated drips can cause damage over time.

A little bit of water should not cause problems as long as it dries. When humidity is really high, the condensation that forms on your water pipes and toilet tanks can be substantial enough to puddle on floors and inside cabinets, this is where it could possibly cause damage. Even worse, that dampness in a dark, closed space, such as under a sink, creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow.

Add insulation to prevent hot, humid air from contacting your cold pipes.

One of the easiest ways to keep water pipes from sweating is to cover them with insulation. Pipe insulation has a slit along the length of the tube that easily slips over your water supply pipes, making this easy for anyone to install. Also, the factory-applied adhesive at the seam activates when you close it, which makes an effective barrier to prevent humid air from reaching the cold pipes in the first place.

Increase the water temperature to decrease condensation.

Raising the temperature of your water a few degrees could be enough to make surfaces slightly warmer than the dew point, making it likely to reduce condensation. A water-mixing anti-sweat valve connects to both the hot and cold-water supply lines so it can introduce hot water into the cold line when needed. The amount of hot water can be adjusted to prevent your toilet tank from sweating while using as little hot water as possible.

Install a ventilation fan to reduce bathroom humidity and prevent toilet tank sweating.

The humidity caused by steamy showers increases the dew point so installing a ventilation fan will help remove the moisture in the air. Less moisture in the air means less moisture accumulating on cool surfaces.

6 Summer Plumbing Problems (and How to Avoid Them)

Summer is for fun – relaxing, entertaining, traveling and recharging. So don’t let summer plumbing problems spoil this fun time of the year! Here are some common (and preventable) situations to look for and avoid this summer.

1. Outdoor fun = indoor mess.

Whether your summer fun involves hiking trails, ATVs, or sand and surf, it’s a good bet that it comes with some extra dirt or sand. When washing up after your adventures, make sure you keep as much of it out of your drains as possible, so they don’t become clogged or damaged. Instead, hose yourself—and any kids or pets you took with you—off outside and knock the debris from clothes you plan to place in the washing machine. Your drains will thank you!

2. Summer is your sprinkler system’s busiest season.

If you had your sprinkler system inspected after winter’s disuse, then you are a step ahead in keeping it in working order this summer, but there are still a couple things to look out for:

  • Watch where you’re mowing. Aboveground sprinkler heads are easily damaged by mower blades.
  • Prevent pet damage. Bits of plastic and tubing may be tempting chew toys!

3. Some summer foods don’t agree with your garbage disposal.

Your garbage disposal works hard year-round, but summer can pose some additional challenges.

  • Grilling Out? To keep your garbage disposal running at its best, don’t let your guests put bones or fat down it.
  • Enjoying summer fruits and vegetables? Fibrous parts, like corn husks and cobs, celery

strings, banana peels and artichokes can jam up your disposal, as well as hard seeds and pits.

4. Is Spot a summer shedder?

Some dogs (and most cats) shed all year, while others grow a bulk winter coat that sheds in late spring/early summer. Whatever your breed’s schedule, you’ll want to prevent all that hair from clogging your pipes and causing backups.

  • If possible, avoid bathing a pet in the bathtub. If that’s not possible, make sure to trap fur and debris before it goes down the drain. There are devices on the market that can help with this.
  • Brush your pet regularly to reduce the amount of hair that hitches a ride on your clothes and linens and into your washing machine—or into your tub drain during the next bath.
  • Pre-rinse especially dirty pets. A fur coat can pick up a lot of gravel, sand and mud!

5. When it rains, it pours—into your basement.

Heavy summer rainfall can overwhelm your gutters and other drainage. Consider these tips:

  • Keep your gutters, downspouts and other drainage systems clear of debris.
  • Install a Sump Pump to collect and dispel any water that collects in your basement. If you already have one, make sure it is in good working condition.
  • Consider having a professional look at your property’s grading. You may need to shift some earth or add more drainage to keep water away from your foundation.

6. Make sure your travel plans include time for plumbing prep.

If you have summer travel plans, make sure your home is ready —especially if you are going to be away for weeks at a time.

  • Make sure all indoor and outdoor taps are completely off.
  • Arrange to have a trusted friend or neighbor check in on your house and make sure everything is ok.
  • Check your water-using appliances for loose or cracked hoses, leaks or other malfunctions.
  • Turn your water heater down to its low, pilot or vacation setting. No need to waste energy heating water that won’t be used!
  • Empty the dishwasher and washing machine, and leave them open to air. While you’re at it, make sure your garbage disposal and plumbing traps are clean. That way, you won’t be coming home to musty, unpleasant odors.
  • If your irrigation system is on a schedule, make sure it will run as desired while you’re away.
  • If you’ll be away for an extended amount of time, consider turning off your water main and water heater and draining your pipes and tank.

We hope these tips will help you avoid common summer plumbing problems, but if you do need service or repair, call Eastern Plumbing!

Summertime Plumbing Tips

Summer is an exciting and fun time for all. Kids are out of school which means lots of outdoor activities such as taking vacations, going swimming, bike riding, playing ball, summer barbecues and gatherings with friends.

All of these activities mean increased traffic in your home, including many more flushes of the toilet, loads of clothes to wash and dishes to clean. You will probably use the water hose more in the summer to fill pools, water flowers and the law. And many people take more showers during the summer months.

With all of this going on, we sometimes forget to question whether the home’s utilities are ready for all the extra summer traffic. Plumbing remains as one of the most important of those utilities because the pipes and pumps that brings water to us and sends it away are essential to basic sanitation and nutrition.

Trouble with the pipes can range from common and simple, to unusual and complex:

  • Running toilet
  • Clogged toilet, garbage disposal or drain
  • Leaky faucets or spigots (often need an O-ring)
  • Low/declined water pressure
  • Loose toilet or sink
  • Incorrect grade of drain pipes
  • Improper support of pipes, which sometimes makes a hammering noise
  • Pipes to outside not sealed sufficiently
  • Water heater fails, leaks or does not heat
  • Pipes burst or crack
  • Pipes will not flow due to obstruction

There are many proactive and preventative plumbing measures you can take to prepare for summertime so you can enjoy the warm weather instead of worrying about leaks, clogs, low pressure and other plumbing problems.  No matter the concern, it is best to figure it out early before it becomes a big, expensive problem.

Start your summer by going through this check list:

1. Get to Know the Main Water Valve.

It is always good to know where the main water shutoff to your home is located and how to use it. Some homes have a shutoff valve within the structure, such as the basement, garage or utility closet. Others have one outside in the yard or near the water main in the street, curb or sidewalk. You can also consult a plumber during your next call and ask them to show you where it is.

2. Pinpoint the Pressure.

With all the activity that your shower, washer and other utilities will see in a summer season, it is even more important to maintain good water pressure. You can check and measure the household water pressure with a store-bought gauge that you attach to an outside spigot. Generally, the household standard is 40-45 pounds per square inch.

3. Watch the Washer.

Start your summer with a springtime inspection of the washer and all its parts. Pull it away from the wall and check the connections and appearance of the hoses and replace those that are cracked or look distressed.

4. Check Sprinkler Systems. 

Check sprinkler systems thoroughly for leaks — plus, inspect and clean the sprinkler heads at the beginning of the season. If you find any that are broken, not working, rusted or damaged, you can remove the head and replace it.

5. Save Water, Save Money. 

Dripping water at a rate of 1 drip per second can waste up to 1,661 gallons of water in one year. Some ways to conserve water are  lather hands with the water off, turn water off when you brush your teeth, soak dishes rather than scrubbing dishes with water running, wash the car at a car wash and when buying new appliances, choose Energy Star that signifies efficiency.

6. Consider the Code.

Each project, repair, remodel, etc. that involves plumbing must be done to a certain code of standards, whether you live in a city or rural township. States usually set the code and licensed plumbers know and adhere to it.

Call Eastern Plumbing to help you get ready for summertime and remember, good plumbing makes for a happy summer!

Signs You May Need a New Garbage Disposal

You use your garbage disposal every day.  It will shred food waste and other waste and help keep your kitchen drain pipes clear of debris.  Your garbage disposal may last up to 15 years, however that may not always be the case.  Here are a few ways to tell when you need a new garbage disposal:

1. You hear unusual noises.

Look in your drain to see if something’s blocking it, such as a piece of silverware. If you do find something, remove it carefully and try the disposal again.  If it still makes an unusual noise, give us a call.

2. An odor that will not leave.

Rinse and run your garbage disposal several times to see if the odor goes away. Dropping ice chips into the disposal and turning it on for a minute or so can help clean the blades as well.  If not, there may be particles stuck in the disposal that is causing the smell.  You may need a professional to help remove the trapped particles or replace it altogether.

3. Water is leaking from the disposal.

If this is happening, then it may mean you have a crack in the unit and will likely need a replacement.

4. Your disposal will not turn on.

If you have to press the reset button often, and one day it just will not turn on, it is time for a new one.

 

Even the best garbage disposal does not last forever. Give us a call if you need a repair or replacement.  We are ready to help!

Plumbing Tips for Spring

As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers” and the onset of spring, which means it is time for some spring cleaning!  Eastern Plumbing offers these spring plumbing tips to protect your home against possible plumbing problems into the spring and summer!

1. Check Your Water Heater

Check your water heater for any signs of leaks and corrosion. Look for puddles, rust or soot around the control panel. If you see any of these signs, give call us.

2. Check Your Water Valves

You may want to turn off the water valves in your home, then turn them back on again to keep the parts from becoming stuck.

3. Check Your Toilet & Faucets for Leaks

Look for any drips and/or leaks that may need repairs. Also, examine your toilets and tanks for any hidden leaks or cracks and make sure your toilet is not constantly running – a running toilet can run up your water bill.

4. Check Your Sump Pump

With heavy spring rain, it is important to inspect your sump pump to ensure it is functioning smoothly.

5. Clean Your Gutters & Down Spouts

Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out and open, and free of debris.

6. Watch for Leaks Connected to Sprinklers & Outdoor Faucets

Outdoor pipes can easily freeze and break over the winter. When outside temperatures heat up, watch your pipes for signs of leaks. If you notice a water leak in your home the first time you turn on your hose or other faucets, this is a sign that one of your pipes froze and broke over the winter.

 

Eastern Plumbing are your plumbing experts. We can install, replace or repair any of your plumbing needs. Contact us today at 252-758-7579.

Benefits from Regular Plumbing Maintenance

Many people are aware that routine maintenance is required for HVAC and electrical systems, but some will neglect the importance of routine plumbing maintenance and inspections. Ignoring routine maintenance of your plumbing and water systems can catch up to you and lead to an emergency repair.

Plumbing systems can be very expensive so it makes sense to avoid problems through routine maintenance rather than paying for issues one by one as they arise. Waiting for plumbing issues to pop up can cost you in emergency repair fees and subsequent damages, not to mention the headache they can cause you and your family.

Having a professional plumber inspect your system regularly can save you money and improve your lifestyle by:

Preserving the Value of Your Property

Routine plumbing is an important part of maintaining your property and receiving a higher return on your home when you sell. Potential buyers will check many things when preparing their offer on your property. One thing they will check for is the condition of your pipes and their connections. Homes with well-maintained plumbing systems are more likely to receive higher offers from buyers. Molds and mildew from pipe leakages can significantly decrease the value of your home. Damaged walls, floors and foundations due to prolonged plumbing leakages can also result in reduction of property value.

Increasing the Lifespan of Your Plumbing System

Regular maintenance from a professional plumber can help to detect clogged pipes and plumbing leaks before they put pressure on your plumbing system. If these issues are prolonged, they can lead to extensive damage and costly repairs.

Routine drain maintenance can catch small issues before they become big problems. Our plumbers can spot overflowing pipes, pipe clogs and aging pipes early, before further damage occurs.

Water Heater Maintenance

Tank type water heaters should be flushed annually to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty and to flush sediment from the tank. Tankless water heaters should be flushed every 2-4 years depending on usage. Flushing your water heater will help maintain energy efficiency and prolong the lifespan of the water heater.

Saving You Money

Many people think that they are saving money by avoiding plumbing maintenance and checkups under the notion that maintenance is unnecessary. However, the fact is that preventive maintenance can save you time and money. Routine care and maintenance can preserve the integrity of your plumbing system before damage happens. Regular maintenance can be far less expensive than part replacements and also save you money on emergency repairs.

A well-maintained plumbing system can improve how fast your sinks, bathtubs and showers drain. Clogging and buildup can cause your connections to take longer to drain. Slow drainage is more than just annoying, drainage problems should be treated at the earliest opportunity to prevent issues from escalating.

How Often Should I Schedule Maintenance?

How frequently you need to schedule maintenance depends on a few different factors. First, the size of your property, larger properties should be inspected more often due to the amount of pipes in the home and the size of the water systems. Other factors that should be considered are how many people are in your household and how much water is being used by your household. On average, homeowners should consider scheduling a visit from a professional plumber at least once a year.

The professionals at Eastern Plumbing are well trained and knowledgeable on how to repair and maintain any plumbing system. Give us a call at 252-758-7579 for all your plumbing needs from a routine checkup to emergency repairs and replacements.

Maintenance Your Pipes May Need

Many fixtures and devices in your home rely on properly functioning plumbing. You need to be aware of best practices to protect your plumbing fixtures that keep your home running smoothly.

Schedule routine maintenance with a trained plumber to help stay on top of fixtures such as:

  • Sinks and Faucets
  • Toilets, Bathtubs and Showers
  • Water filtration Systems
  • Washing Machines and Dishwasher Lines
  • Water Heaters

Clean water and properly running systems are vital to creating a healthy home or workplace, check that your pipes are in good shape with properly maintained filtration. Hire a plumber you can trust to conduct any system repairs and perform any upgrades your home or workplace may need.

Good Systems Save Money

Preventative care and routine maintenance can save you money by reducing your water bill. It only takes 4,000 drips to fill a liter of water, which means the price of a leaky faucet can add up quick! Small leaks dripping only once an hour can lead to up to 34 gallons of water waste per year.

Routine Maintenance Prevents Mold and Unwanted Moisture

Water waste from leaks and busted pipes can cost you money and cause damages when left standing. Dampness in you walls or other household surfaces can quickly grow mold and pose a health risk to you and your family. If measures are not taken to sanitize your house quickly after mold starts growing, your whole house can become infected with mold spores. These spores are spread around through air conditioning and heating units causing mold to grow outside of the original source.

If left untreated, mold can begin to permeate wood and even grow fungi. Once penetrated by fungi, wood can become structurally damaged and harmful to your health. Cold like symptoms such as runny eyes and cough can be a sign of mold exposure. Individuals with respiratory health issues such as asthma are more susceptible to health issues due to mold and fungus pollution. A well-maintained plumbing system and air system can help keep excess moisture out of your home, protecting you from potential mold spores. If you feel mold may be growing in your home contact a mold removal professional to help.

Address Problems Before They Happen

Take small steps to keep your plumbing system in good shape and avoid emergency visits from a plumber. Many emergency plumbing visits are the result of clogged drains. A slow drain in the kitchen is usually a sign that food has gotten stuck in your drain or pipes. One way to prevent this from happening is to purchase a strainer that sits on top of your kitchen drain. One of these strainers can be purchased at any local grocery store and can catch food before it gets washed down your sink.

Another way to avoid clogged drains is to pour excess oil and grease into a container for disposal after cooking. Never pour oil or grease down your drains. Bathroom drains can also become slow due to build up, typically hair build up. You can avoid hair clogging your drain by purchasing an inexpensive drain stopper for your bathtub or shower. If used properly a simple drain stopper can save you money on clogged drain repairs.

Avoid Frozen Pipes

During colder seasons it is important to take necessary measures to avoid water from freezing inside your pipes. On nights where temperatures are expected to drop below freezing, it is a good idea to maintain water pressure by leaving a faucet dripping overnight. A small steady drip is enough to keep liquid moving inside your pipes so the pipes will not freeze. If your pipes do freeze, reach out to a professional plumber immediately. A plumber can also help you avoid frozen pipes by installing insulation.

Does a Plumber Have to Conduct all of My Maintenance?

Although it may be possible to maintain some of your home’s plumbing fixtures yourself, it is crucial to have a trained plumber to help with repairs, replacements and emergency issues. With the trained professionals at Eastern Plumbing routinely inspecting your home’s water systems, you can be rest assured that your home will be well taken care of and emergencies can be prevented.

Type of Services Offered by Eastern Plumbing

Eastern Plumbing’s services can benefit both residential and commercial buildings. Every homeowner or business owner will eventually encounter an issue with either clean or septic water. That is why eastern plumbing provides services that keep water channeled where it needs to go. With services spanning from installation to repair, maintenance to piping systems, we can fix almost any issue you may encounter.

Our services

Replacements for Old Parts

Even when installed by a professional, toilets, faucets and pipes can suffer wear and tear from daily use. This damage, if ignored, can cause other issues with your property. For example, old pipes are prone to leaks, these leaks can easily go unnoticed and cause damage to your floors, walls and even your foundation! To avoid costly damage, call Eastern Plumbing for all of your part replacements and home water system checkup needs.

Drain Cleaning

Homeowners should always be cautious of what they are putting in their drains to avoid clogging. However, no matter how closely you monitor your drains, dirt and debris can build up in your pipes and begin to clog. These clogs can result in foul odors or even leaks. It is essential to get your drains analyzed and cleaned regularly by a trained professional, like the team at Eastern Plumbing, to avoid further damage.

Inspecting Pipes

When experiencing plumbing issues, you may struggle to determine which pipe is causing your problems. In these situations, it may be necessary to hire a trained professional to inspect your pipes. Inspecting pipes can help determine which pipes are leaking, broken, old or may have a higher chance of bursting. After inspecting, the professional may find that some pipe connections need to be tightened while others need to be repaired. Inspecting your pipes save you from the headache of leaks, or pooling, while keeping your family comfortable and safe.

Modern technology and cameras have given plumbers the ability to see beyond walls, under floors and into plumbing systems. Eastern Plumbing utilizes the latest technology to provide quality service to all of its customers. Our plumbers use cameras to examine drain lines and sewers. This allows them to find blockages and leaks and make necessary repairs before issues escalate.

Installation, Repair and Replacement of Water Heaters

Water heaters are significant plumbing mechanisms that require a trained professional to perform repairs. Plumbing services on water heaters are especially crucial for those residing in multi-story buildings due to the number of pipes and heaters running to each living space. Water heater systems contain water pipes and electrical connections that can be very dangerous when handled by someone untrained.

Sink, Toilet and Faucet Installation

Installation of new or replacement of old toilets, faucets and sinks are crucial to a healthy and happy home. All home plumbing units should remain clean and contain properly functioning equipment.

  • Regular cleaning and repairs to kitchen faucets and drains can keep germs and harmful bacteria from backing up into your sink.
  • Toilet replacement and maintenance can keep septic water from coming back up your pipes.
  • Replacing leaky faucets can save money by reducing your water bill.

All of these can be made possible with the help of a professionally trained plumbing company.

Emergency Plumbing Services

Even with proper maintenance, plumbing emergencies can still happen. That is why Eastern plumbing is here for you through pipe bursts, clogging and leakages. Our speedy repairs can help you avoid further damages and save you money. We are available 24/7 and can help you keep your plumbing in top shape.

Routine Plumbing Maintenance

You do not have to have a problem to give your pipes a checkup. During routine maintenance, your plumber will check to ensure all of your plumbing is operating properly. After your plumber’s analysis they will highlight their results in a checklist. Some of the items on the list may include leaks, testing fixture valves, corrosion, water pressure, inspection of joint and pipes, corrosion and more. A regular inspection can help you understand the state of your home plumbing.

Sewer Lines and Water System Management

When you purchase a home, hire a professional to check and ensure that your sewer system and water lines are working properly. A water efficient system can help save you money and proper sewage drainage can help keep your home healthy and safe.

At Eastern Plumbing, we pride ourselves on providing professional maintenance, installation and upkeep. Our background checked; trained plumbers use advanced technologies to help you with all of your plumbing needs. Call us today at 252-758-7579.

How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink

No one wants to deal with a clogged kitchen sink, whether it’s a slow drain issue or fully clogged. At some point you will probably find yourself in a situation where the clog is tougher than drain cleaner (which we do not recommend you using!) And what could make it more complicated is if the item causing the clog is something important that was accidentally dropped in the drain and you are hoping to get back.

Here are a couple quick things you can try, but to prevent damage we always suggest calling in the professionals.

1. DIY Drain Cleaner: How to Clear a Slow Draining Kitchen Sink Clog

Chemical drain cleaners are not good for your pipes or the environment, and they can be expensive! You can use vinegar and baking soda for an environmentally friendly solution. Follow these steps:

  • Remove kitchen sink drain cover or sink stopper
  • Pour ½ cup baking soda in drain
  • Pour 1 cup white vinegar in drain
  • Wait 10 minutes & then pour boiling water down drain

Often times the chemical reaction from this solution is enough to dissolve the slow drain and repair the clogged drain.

2. Directions for Plunging a Clogged Kitchen Sink

This method is best to use for standing water clogs. Remember, use a kitchen plunger rather than a bathroom plunger to avoid spreading germs. Follow these steps:

  • If you have a double sink, then make sure to plug up the sink drain on the opposite side with a wet rag to help deliver pressure directly to the clog.
  • Fill the clogged side of sink with a small amount of water for the plunger.
  • Start plunging (remember it is all about the up motion, not pushing down). Hopefully, any food or paper products locked in the pipes will budge when you do this.
  • If plunging won’t fix the problem, you do have a few other options for resolving a clogged kitchen sink.

3. Use a Drain Snake to Clear Out the Clog

If the above methods did not work, then the clog may be farther down the drain so you will need to follow these steps:

  • Run a drain snake down the kitchen drain. These can be purchased at your local hardware store.
  • If this still doesn’t work, try taking the trap beneath the sink apart and snake the drain more directly. Be sure to put a bucket beneath the trap to catch any dirty water. Then begin snaking the drain.

4. Use a Wet Vacuum or “Shop Vac”

Wet and dry vacuums have a lot of suction.

  • Set a wet vacuum to “liquids” and cover the vent
  • Create a tight seal around the drain and cover the overflow tube with your finger or a rag.

       The power of a wet vacuum can often be enough to draw the clogged material up and unclog the drain. Check the bag to identify the source of the clog.  A wet vacuum can also work when you need to recover jewelry from a drain.

5. Last Step:  Call in a Professional Plumber

When you have tried everything and nothing has worked, it is time to call a licensed plumber like Eastern Plumbing at 252-758-7579.

How to Maintain a Water Heater

One of the most important parts of your home is your water heater. It provides hot showers, clean dishes, and fresh laundry, so if it breaks on you, it could create some big issues. The average lifespan of a water heater is about 11 years, but without proper maintenance it might not make it that long. Here are some things you can do to keep it working for as long as possible:

Check the Temperature

Pay attention to your water heater’s thermostat. A lot of manufacturers set the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit by default, which is hotter than most households need. This can cause scalding, as well as accelerated mineral buildup and corrosion in the pipes. To help prevent you tank from damage, a recommended setting for water heater maintenance is no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Perform a Mini Flush on Your Tank

It is a good idea to flush out about one-quarter of the tank in your water heater a few times each year. This can easily be done by turning off the cold-water supply, hooking up a garden hose to the drain valve and then running the water until it looks clear. Draining the tank will help clear away sediment and maintain the heating efficiency of your water heater.

If this isn’t something you’ve ever done, or feel comfortable doing, call the professionals at Eastern Plumbing to help – but our first tip is to make sure you turn off the power or gas supply for safety before beginning.

Test the Pressure Relief Valve

A pressure relief valve that is working properly should release a burst of hot water into the drainpipe after you raise and then lower the test lever. This should be done regularly to check the pressure and to clear out debris.  If the valve isn’t letting out a big burst each time, then you need to call a professional plumber to get a new one installed.

Water heaters are complex and require regular maintenance. If you have any problems that you cannot solve yourself, call Eastern Plumbing and let us take care of it for you.