Prepping Your Plumbing for Spring

As the weather warms up and we begin to enjoy the sunshine, it is important to inspect your home for damage and begin prepping for spring. Cold weather and winter storms can cause wear and tear, or even break your pipes or plumbing. Here are six quick tips to prepare your plumbing for spring.

Check Faucets for Leaks & Damage

Inspect your outdoor faucets and pipes for any damage, cracks, or leaks. Then, examine the pipes and faucets inside your home, including sinks, toilets, showers, and behind your washing machine. It is also important to check behind refrigerators, in attics, and inside crawl spaces. If you notice any leaks, standing water, or rust, it is important to get it fixed quickly to prevent any extensive damage.

Check Your Sprinkler System

As we enter spring, many people will use sprinkler systems to grow and maintain gardens. It is important to inspect your sprinkler system and ensure nothing was broken or damaged during the winter season. Keep an eye on your sprinklers and make sure they are not leaking while turned off. Setting your sprinklers on a timer can be beneficial to save water, money, and make sure your plants are not being over-watered.

Double Check Water Pressure

If you notice your water pressure has drastically decreased, you may have a leak somewhere in your pipes. Other indicators include noticeable increases in your water bills, and random soggy spots around your yard where your pipes run underground.

Inspect Your Water Heater

While you are inspecting your plumbing, make sure to check your water heater by looking for any signs of rusting, puddling, or soot around the control panel. If your water heater is more than 15 years old and you frequently experience problems, you may want to consider replacing it. You can check the age of your water heater by looking at the first four numbers of the serial number, the numbers represent the month and year the appliance was manufactured.

Clear Debris from Drains

It is important to clear debris, sticks, and leaves from around your gutters and drainpipes. During the winter months and into spring, the storms and wind can cause clogs in your gutters. Any blockages can cause damage to your pipes or lead to flooding and leaks. While you are clearing away waste, take the time to check your gutters for cracks or damage. Your pipes will work a lot more efficiently when they can properly drain.

Check Your Sump Pump

During your spring preparation, clean and test your sump pump to ensure it is working correctly. It is important to check this off early to prevent your basement or home from flooding during spring showers. If you notice any malfunctions, contact Eastern Plumbing to schedule a service today.

Water usage generally increases as the weather warms up, so it is important to inspect and look out for any damage or leaks as early as possible. If you discover any problems during your spring plumbing prep, don’t hesitate to contact Eastern Plumbing and schedule a service today, 252-758-7579.

How to Prevent Overworking Your Plumbing

When you come home from work, you sit back and relax – make sure your plumbing is too! During the summer months, your plumbing works harder than any other time of the year. It’s hotter, you’re spending more time outdoors and taking more showers. Or your college student is home, and you have more people using your plumbing more often. Whatever the reason, your plumbing is in overdrive. It’s important to make sure your plumbing is running smoothly so your equipment will last longer, and you will save money. Here are some tips from Eastern Plumbing to ensure you are getting the most out of your plumbing and your summer.

Check Up on Your Washing Machine.

Summertime means more dirty clothes. Whether you’re going on trips, hanging out with friends, exercising in the humidity, or just spending time outdoors, the hotter it is the more laundry you will produce. Since you’ll be using your washing machine more frequently, it’s important to check it for leaks. When your washing machine is leaking, it wastes water and can damage your home – leaving you to pay for a new machine and home repairs. If you’re washing more, that means you’re drying more too. Make sure your lint tray is clean to prevent it from catching fire and save you energy!

Use a Dishwasher Instead of Washing by Hand.

It almost doesn’t sound true —but it is. How much water do you use while washing dishes? Dishwashers are designed to be energy efficient and provide maximum cleanliness with the least amount of water. In fact, by using a dishwasher instead of hand-washing your dishes, you could save yourself gallons of water and a bunch of money each month. Take the water saving, energy efficient, and easier route by using your dishwasher.

Get to Know Your Garbage Disposal.

A common misconception about the garbage disposal is that you can put just about anything down them. This isn’t true and can actually cause a lot of damage to your plumbing. Foods that are stringy or fibrous (think cornhusks, onion peels, lettuce) can clog your garbage disposal and are better off tossed in the trash can. Oils and grease are also not something that should be poured down the drain. If you’re washing greasy or oily foods or dishes, make sure to run hot water for 15 seconds before and afterwards to help flush everything out of your garbage disposal.

Be Watchful for Sewer Line Backups.

In summer months, rainfall can find its way into your sewer line through cracks in your pipes. The pressure from the additional fluids can cause your sewer line to back up. Another potential problem you may have is tree roots in search of water on a hot day. Be watchful and know when to call a professional.

Eastern Plumbing is here to help with all your plumbing issues – from backed up sewage lines to clogged pipes and leaking faucets – we’re here to help! Our trained technicians are ready to handle any plumbing issue that tries to ruin your summer. Call us at 252-758-7579 or visit our website at and we’ll send a professional plumber out to your home. Take it easy and relax, and let us (and your plumbing) do the work for you.

Backflow Prevention and Devices

Backflow can be bad news. Whether it’s backflow siphonage or backpressure backflow, when non-potable water is flowing back into your usable water supply it becomes a serious health situation. If water pressure changes due to a water main burst, freezing pipes or multiple fire hydrants being opened at once, the chance for flow reversal becomes even greater.

To prevent a situation like this from happening, a backflow prevention device and regular maintenance is required. Backflow testing should be part of your business’ annual maintenance plan.

What is a cross-connection?

In North Carolina backflow prevention assemblies must be installed on all cross-connections, and those assemblies must be tested and certified every year to ensure they are working properly and keeping the water supply safe.

A cross-connection is any temporary or permanent connection between a public water system or your potable water system (drinking water) and a source or system containing non-potable water or other substances. Common examples of cross connection hazards (source of contamination) that need to be protected with a backflow preventer include:

  • Fire sprinkler system
  • Lawn irrigation/sprinkler systems
  • Auxiliary water supply (wells)
  • Hot tubs / Spas
  • Swimming Pools
  • Boilers

Since commercial sprinkler systems are included in this category, it is important that they are tested annually and inspected by a certified backflow inspector, such as Eastern Plumbing.

Here is what you can expect during your inspection.

Types of backflow prevention devices that will be inspected:

In terms of the equipment that your backflow inspector will be checking, there are three options: reduced pressure zone assembly, pressure vacuum breaker assembly and double check valve assembly.

To prevent a backflow situation from occurring, you should have a certified professional, like the professionals at Eastern Plumbing, determine if there are any places within your potable water system that could possibly cause a cross connection to occur.

What else should you know?

When a certified professional is testing the device, they first will turn the water off to the home or business, then they will test the pressure in your system by hooking up test kit hoses. The plumbers at Eastern Plumbing would be looking for places where the pressure isn’t what it should be.

To ensure contaminants from pesticides, fertilizers and animal feces are not getting into your  drinking water it is important to partner with a company that has been in business for a long time and has experienced certified backflow professionals on staff.

Eastern Plumbing has been in business for over 25 years and provides service to Greenville and Pitt County and New Bern and Craven County. We offer quality, reliable service to our customers for any plumbing need – including backflow prevention. Our expert plumbers are trained in installing, testing, repairing, and replacing these backflow prevention devices.

Read more about backflow services and why backflow devices and inspections are crucial for public health and safety, here

Contact the professionals at Eastern Plumbing for all your commercial plumbing and backflow inspection needs, 252-758-7579.

Is Cat Litter Your Toilet’s New Best Friend?

It’s the age-old question, should you flush your cat litter down the toilet?

In short, no. But why?

For starters, flushing kitty litter down the toilet can cause damage to your septic tank. Your septic tank is designed to break down human waste and biodegradable tissue. Cat litter throws off your septic tank’s balance and disrupts the process of breaking down human waste.

However, this isn’t the only reason you should avoid flushing your cat litter. Cat litter is usually made out of bentonite clay, a substance that, when wet, hardens into a consistency almost like cement. The clay can easily clump and get stuck in your pipes when you flush your litter. Clay getting clogged in your drain pipes might not happen the first time you flush kitty litter down the toilet, but the build-up can lead to serious issues over time. Not only is this a difficult problem to fix, but it’s an expensive one. Harden, clumped together bentonite clay can require removal and replacement of your plumbing hardware, which can be costly.

So what should you do to properly dispose of cat litter?

As recommended, you should scoop all urine and feces tainted kitty litter into a bag and tightly tie it together before throwing it away. Any kitty litter remaining should be double-bagged and tightly sealed to avoid any leakage and thrown away. This may seem more complicated and time-consuming than simply flushing your litter down the toilet, but it will save your bank account in the long run.

Another option for disposing of cat litter would be using a cat litter that is compostable and made from natural ingredients like wheat, pine, walnut shells, and corn. When disposing of compostable kitty litter, keep it away from water sources, gardens, or anything you plan on eating for dinner. And remember – just because it’s compostable doesn’t mean you can flush it.

If cat litter has clogging your pipes or you have any other plumbing issue, call Eastern Plumbing at 252-758-7579.

Store-Bought Cleaner vs. A Professional Plumber

Whether you have a clogged sink or bathtub drain, store-bought drain cleaners typically claim to be the cheapest and easiest way to unclog and clean-out your drain. However, the chemical combination used in these cleaners can be incredibly harmful to you, your plumbing hardware, and your environment. Using store-bought drain cleaners can lead to problems in the future. Most store-bought drain cleaners are:

  • Not 100% effective
  • Can cause damage to your plumbing
  • Contain highly toxic chemicals
  • Are poisonous to landfills

Store-bought drain cleaners work by breaking down whatever is clogging your drain. For example, if you have a shower drain that is clogged with hair, a store-bought drain cleaner can fight through the hair, but most of it is likely to stay in your drain. This means that your drain isn’t really clean, and your drain will, more than likely, re-clog within the near future.

Whatever chemicals are used to break through the hair in your drain (typically sulfuric acid) will remain in your drain. Over time, the acid may begin to corrode your pipes, leading to an expensive repair. The acids used in store-bought drain cleaners tend to be highly toxic, so they’re unsafe to your children and pets. The lingering fumes, after using store-bought drain cleaner, can harm your skin and eyes. When you throw away the container, the toxins end up in the landfill and slowly make their way into our groundwater, polluting our drinking water.

The best way to clear your pipes and solve your clogged drain issue is to call Eastern Plumbing, a professional plumber. At Eastern Plumbing, we pride ourselves on our effectiveness and professionalism – something that your store-bought drain cleaner can’t offer.

For all plumbing needs, whether that be a clogged drain, new fixtures, or issues with the water heater, the team at Eastern Plumbing is there for you. Call us today at 252-758-7579.

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!

The Warning Signs of a Main Sewer Line Blockage

Trivia time! What is one of the most vital parts of your household plumbing? It’s the main sewer line! If your sewer lines become damaged or clogged it can cause a number of costly issues to your property. So, the sooner you detect sewer line blockages or a breakage, the more likely you’ll be able to have it fixed without a huge hassle or cost. The longer damage sits, the worse it gets over time. To help you avoid a costly repair, here are a few warning signs indicating there could be a blockage in your main sewer line.

1. Sinks and Bathtubs Draining Slowly

When there is a blockage in the sewer line, you may notice that your sinks, shower, bathtubs, and even toilet may be draining slowly or not at all. Multiple plumbing fixtures may be affected by this problem.

2. Gurgling Sounds

If you hear gurgling sounds when you flush the toilet, this can mean a blockage in the drain system.

3. Constant Need to Plunge

If you’re having to break out the plunger more frequently than you use to, this is a clear indication that the real clog might be further downstream in your sewer system. This also applies to the kitchen sink and other appliances. Remember, if you have more than one slow drain in your house, this is pretty good indicator that the source of the problem is a clogged sewer.

If you are experiencing any of these issues with your home’s plumbing, contact Eastern Plumbing right away. Waiting could create an even bigger issue or you to deal with! A clogged sewer can’t be cured with a plunger or over-the-counter chemicals. To clear sewer lines of roots and/or debris, you will need the help of a professional. Eastern Plumbing also offers video inspection of sewer lines to ascertain where the blockage is and determine the cause! With this information, we are able to recommend repair options to the homeowner. Give us a call today!

5 Reasons Why Toilets Get Clogged

We’re sure that we can all agree that the toilet is probably the most used fixture in your home. So, dealing with a clogged commode is extremely frustrating – and sometimes requires unpleasant clean up. To understand why your toilet may be getting clogged and help you prevent future blockages, the pros at Eastern Plumbing in Greenville, NC have put together a list of five reasons why toilets get clogged. So, keep your eyes out for these clogging culprits and keep the plunger where it belongs – stored away!

1. First-Generation, Low-Flow Toilets

Many modern toilets utilize a low-flow design aimed at saving water. But, some of the earliest models of these toilets may lack the necessary pressure to clear the internal trap and drain, meaning that they often develop clogs. You can find the stamped date on the back of your toilet. If it was made in the mid-1990s, you could have one of these first-generation, low-flow toilets. If you have one of these toilets, but are not in a rush to replace it, you can reduce clogging by using less toilet paper and avoiding clog-prone items. But, if clogging persists, the best solution is to install a more up-to-date toilet.

2. Flushing Non-Flushable Items

Remember, your toilet is designed to only dispose of certain material. Paper towels, wet wipes, dental floss and other items can restrict drainage and cause constant back up in your toilet. Check out our blog, 8 Things You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet, to learn more! Talk to others in your household about what is and isn’t safe to flush. If you have young kids, it may be good to keep a list of non-flushable items close to the toilet. A big trash can near the toilet is a great idea too!

3. Blocked Toilet Trap

The toilet trap is a curved part of the porcelain that is built into the side of the base of the toilet. It is there to hold standing water and keep sewer gases from entering your home. Items can clog the trap and cause a backed-up toilet. A few minutes with a plunger should loosen any blockage and remove the clog. But, for more stubborn clogs, it may be necessary to use a toilet auger. To keep this from happening, use less toilet paper and don’t flush ANYTHING down your toilet that shouldn’t be flushed. By following these simple steps, your toilet trap should stay clear!

4. Blocked Plumbing Vent

Toilets, and other plumbing appliances, have vents to funnel fresh air into and out of the system, which prevent air-pressure vacuums that can block drain flow. Over time, these vents can become closed with leaves, sticks, animal nests and other debris. A blocked toilet vent will reduce the flow and cause clogs over and over again. The best solution is to hire the pros at Eastern Plumbing to clear your vents. Because blockages are hard to spot and require special tools to remove, this isn’t a chore you need to try to tackle yourself!

5. Main Sewer Line Problems

If you are experiencing continuous clogs in multiple toilets and even in other drains, this is usually a sign of a larger sewer line problem. Clogs in multiple fixtures are often caused by a buildup of material, toilet paper and other non-flushable items in both the sewer and main drain lines. Tree roots can even puncture your sewer line, letting in sediment. Problems in the main sewer line can cause major issues inside and outside of your home, and even threaten the health of your family. Sewer-related problems should always be tackled by licensed and experienced professionals.

If you are experiencing clogs, give Eastern Plumbing a call today. Servicing Greenville and New Bern, North Carolina, our experienced pros can diagnose and fix your clogging issues!

Preventing Fall Plumbing Problems


It’s cooling down, the leaves are changing colors and everything is getting an added dose of pumpkin spice, which can only mean one thing – fall is here! But before you pull out your hoodies, decorate for Halloween or start up the fireplace, it is important to make sure that your plumbing is as ready for fall as you are. The best way to avoid plumbing problems is with preventive maintenance. Here are a few tips to help make sure this autumn is the most comfortable one for you and your home.

Protect Your Pipes

Here in eastern North Carolina we usually have a pretty mild fall season, but there can be unexpected freezing days as well, especially as winter gets closer. Much like you bundle up in that hoodie to protect from the cold, it is important to do the same to your pipes. This fall, make sure that your pipes are properly insulated. If you’re not sure how to insulate your pipes, call the plumbing experts at Eastern Plumbing in Greenville and New Bern today! Oh, and if you have pipes outside, like many of us do, make sure to cover them too!

Wrap Up Your Water Hose

Your outdoor water hose was a blessing all summer long, but once the chilly season approaches that means it is time to wrap it up until next spring. If you leave your hose hooked on the outdoor faucet, the water in the pipe may freeze, causing damage to both your hose and your pipes.

Drain Your Water Heater

We dare say that no other home appliance is more important than your water heater in the fall and winter months! Nothing beats the cold like a warm bath or hot water for cup of coffee or tea. That’s why you should make sure that you drain your water heater. Draining your water heater empties out any sediment that may have built up over the months. This is especially important if you live in an area that uses hard water.

Tame The Leaves

Keep an eye on falling leaves and take notice to where they land. Remember that leaves don’t just fall on the ground below the tree – the wind, rain and traffic can move them in masses around your yard often times in hollows like eavestroughs, basement window wells and gutters. These falling leaves can block your drain spouts and cause your gutter system to clog. Backed-up water can get into your roof and foundation and cause major headaches, especially in the upcoming winter. Be sure to rake up piles of leaves and bag them immediately so they don’t disturb your yard a second time.

Get An Inspection

At Eastern Plumbing, we recommend regular inspections of your drains and plumbing. Fall is the perfect time to schedule one for your home. Before it gets colder and plumbing problems become much more damaging, Eastern Plumbing can:

  • Identify and repair cracked or leaking pipes,
  • Check your hot water heater for full efficiency, and
  • Conduct any faucet repair you may need.

We know how quickly the weather can change in eastern North Carolina, so we suggest getting your fall plumbing maintenance done now. At Eastern Plumbing, we want everyone to have a cozy fall and winter. Contact us today to make sure your plumbing is ready for the colder weather – and don’t forget we’re available 24/7 for any plumbing emergency!

Common Plumbing Issues in Older Homes


Buying and renovating older homes is all the rage today (thanks Chip and Joanna!). And, if you already live in an older home, you may feel inspired to begin some renovations of your own! But remember to look past the surface of the home. When making improvements or renovating your older home, don’t forget to check out the plumbing! Eastern Plumbing has put together a list of common plumbing problems in older homes to help you get started.

1. Galvanized Piping

Galvanized piping is most commonly found in houses built before the 1960s. It may be the case that previous owners have replaced pipes, but they may have just concentrated on pipes that were clogged or eroded. It is important that you check the entire plumbing system in your old home to make sure that there are no corroded or rusted pipes that need to be replaced. Old galvanized pipes can produce discolored water and are more prone to leaks, so if you notice any of these your older home – galvanized pipes could be the problem.

2. Polybutylene Piping

This type of piping in commonly found in house built from the late 70’s to the early 90’s. At the time it was relatively low cost, but today this type of plumbing system is no longer accepted by US building codes. Polybutylene piping is prone to failure because of the way it reacts to oxidants found in water, causing weak pipes. Replacing these pipes will ensure that you have a durable material and will save you money and stress in the long run.

3. Pipe Bellies

We all know that the earth below our homes doesn’t sit still. Over periods of time, the constant movement and ground shifts can affect the plumbing that lies beneath your home. The pipes move downwards, resulting in what are called pipe “bellies.” These bends in your plumbing pipes makes it difficult for water to pass through, causing stoppages.

4. Sewer Lines

Remember that your plumbing system does not just lie within the confines of your home – it extends down to the sewer line. First, you need to determine if your home is on a sewer line. If so, there are few problems that can arise. The sewer lines in older homes are more likely to face issues because of the shifting of the ground and the potential for roots to grow into the sewer line and cause a blockage or leak. So, focus on your sewer line during the renovation as well.

5. Faulty Gas Lines

When thinking about your plumbing and pipes, don’t overlook lines the that don’t involve water – the lines that supply gas to your water heater. It is important for your safety that you have these gas lines tested and repaired if necessary.

6. Inefficient Plumbing Fixtures

Of course, we understand that old plumbing fixtures are beautiful and compliment your “farmhouse-style” perfectly. But, keep in mind that everything has a lifespan – even plumbing fixtures. These fixtures in older homes have gone through wear and tear which can lead to leaks and inefficient water flow. Consider replacing these fixtures with more efficient ones that can save water.

Now that you know common plumbing problems facing older homes, it’s time to determine a course of action. In any home, new or old, Eastern Plumbing recommends that you schedule regular maintenance checks for your plumbing system and gas lines. The professional plumbers at Eastern Plumbing in Greenville and New Bern can evaluate your home and help you decide on the best plan of action to make your home safe and efficient, and give you peace of mind. And, if you need us – we can also assist with the renovation! Give us a call today!

Plumbing Tips for Pet Owners


We love our pets! I mean after all, they are family. But remember, pets and plumbing don’t really mix (unless you’re talking about our beloved friends at the Eastern Plumbing office). You need to take special precautions if you are a pet-loving homeowner. So, to help you and your plumbing system out a little, here are six plumbing tips for pet owners.

  1. Use drain strainers in the tub or shower during bath time to help prevent clogs due to animal hair buildup. Just imagine all of that dog hair that accumulates on your couch. Now imagine that same amount of hair in your plumbing system – not a pretty sight. So, always use a drain strainer to prevent from having a slow and smelly drain.
  2. Another useful tip for pet bath time is to install a hand sprayer in your shower, if you don’t already have one. You will have better control of the water, which will make for a faster and better bath, and waste less water.
  3. The residue left behind from toilet cleaners can contain chemicals that are harmful for your pet to ingest. Be sure to keep your toilet lids closed at all time to prevent any four-legged friend from taking a sip.
  4. Never flush cat litter down the toilet, even if the packaging claims it to be “flushable.” Flushing cat litter increases your chances of getting a clog in your drains and sewer lines, especially if you have a septic tank. Trust us, this can be a messy situation. It is best to just throw everything away in the trash.
  5. Keep in mind that water and/or sewer lines can be found as shallow as 18 inches in your lawn, so watch how deep your dog digs in the yard – you wouldn’t want them getting their paws on something they aren’t supposed too.
  6. Pets love to chew, bite and scratch at things so be sure to cover any exposed pipes in your home. The last thing you want is an unexpected visit to the vet and unexpected visit from a plumber to repair a pipe.

However, Eastern Plumbing in Greenville and New Bern is here for you if you do have a pet-related plumbing uh-oh’s! Our expert plumbers have the know how to diagnose and fix any plumbing problem your furry friend manages to create. Give us a call today!

Outdoor Plumbing Needs for Summer


Summer is in full swing! By now, we’re sure you’ve spent a lot of time entertaining outdoors – whether that be with friends or your kids who are out of school for the summer. At Eastern Plumbing, we know that perfect outdoor entertaining areas need the perfect outdoor plumbing systems, like:

Outdoor Spigots and Faucets

You may not even realize it, but if you spend time outdoors chances are you use your outdoor faucets and spigots a lot – and even more often in the warmer months. Think about it. You water flowers, fill a pool, clean outdoor furniture, wash your car or dog – you name it! And to entertain your kids, you use it to hose down the slip and slide.

Sprinkler Systems

Sprinkler systems are also very handy during the summer. They allow you an easy and convenient way to water your grass and garden, and keep your outdoor area in great shape. You can even have sprinklers with a timer so that will automatically pop up and water your lawn at set times on certain days of the week.

Outdoor Showers

Outdoor showers are a convenient way to prevent sand and dirt from entering your home. They are also useful if you want to shower off before or after a dip in the pool. Not to mention, your kids will surely be happy and excited to shower outdoors.

Outdoor Sinks

Take your outdoor entertaining to a whole new level with an outdoor kitchen or wet bar equipped with a sink to make it easy to wash your hands and other items without having to go back into the house.

Eastern Plumbing is your outdoor plumbing experts. We can install, replace or repair any outdoor plumbing system to help you have the best summer yet! Contact us today and get started on your perfect outdoor oasis.

When Should I Replace My Old Plumbing?


We know you’ve all heard the saying, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” But is the old plumbing in your home still working the best it could be? The answer, most likely, is no. While you may not have had any real plumbing issues or leaks, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider replacing old plumbing. You may ask, “How old is old when it comes to plumbing?” Well, here are a few signs that it is time to replace the old plumbing in your home.

1. You notice the water stops being clear.

Water is supposed to be clear. So when you turn on your faucet to discover water that is discolored or cloudy, this is cause for concern. Water that has a darker brown tint usually indicates that you have some kind of pipe corrosion. Not only is this water not good to use, but rusting pipes are prone to sediment and mineral deposit buildup. This can increase your chances of having clogs and bursting pipes in the near future.

2. You notice the water starts to smell.

If you notice that water has a foul odor, know that this is not normal. Water with any sort of smell is a sign that there is a buildup of bacteria within your pipes. One distinct smell many people notice right away is that their water smells like eggs.

3. You notice mold or water damage.

Some leaks can be hidden behind walls, so you may not notice them. The only way you become aware is when you see the tell-tale giant brown water stain with mold. Once you notice this, you should call Eastern Plumbing immediately. The longer leaky pipes sit, the more damage your home will sustain.

Plumbing doesn’t age like fine wine – often times it’s more likely to age like milk. So if you’re noticing issues with the old plumbing in your home, it may be time to replace. Waiting to replace can cause serious and costly damage. Give the experts at Eastern Plumbing a call. We have been setting the standard in quality service around Greenville and New Bern North Carolina for over 15 years. Once you replace your plumbing remember that regular maintenance is key to keeping your plumbing in top-notch shape for as long as possible.

Detecting Plumbing Leaks in Your Home


In many cases the water line running to your home is metered for accountability and billing purposes. This means that a leak in your line, no matter how small, can be very costly. You can find, even a small leak, by trying these few simple techniques that can save you from a nasty surprise on your water bill.

1. Check your toilets.

If you hear any running or hissing near any of your toilets, try to locate where the noise is coming from. If nothing is noticeable, try adding a few drops of food coloring in the tank (not the bowl). Wait several minutes. If you have coloring in the bowl, this may mean that you have leak that is allowing water to seep through the flapper at the bottom of the tank. Be sure to repeat this process with all of your toilets to be certain you don’t have more than one problem.

2. Check your outside spigots.

Another way to determine if you have a leak in your home is by checking your spigots (the pipes that you hook your hoses to, in case you were unsure). Usually the average home has one in the front and one in the back.

3. Check for any drips or puddles.

If you hear or see any signs of drips or puddles around the base of your faucets, this probably means a leak is nearby. Listen closely in frequently used rooms and check regularly in rooms you don’t use as much to uncover possible hidden plumbing leaks.

4. Check for moldy or rotten smells.

Another sign that you may have a leak in your home is a moldy or rotten smell in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room.

But, did you know your water meter can help you determine if you have a leak in your home? This is actually the best way to determine if there is a leak somewhere in your plumbing system. The experts at Eastern Plumbing can check your water meter to determine if you have any leaks in your home. This can give you peace of mind and ensure that you aren’t paying for water you aren’t using in your monthly bill.

If you found a leak, notify the professionals at Eastern Plumbing in Greenville or New Bern. Our professionals have been trusted for over 15 years throughout eastern North Carolina. We provide quality service you can count on.

Plumbing Tips For a Worry-Free Holiday


During the holiday season, our homes often become the hub for family and friends, but all the hustle and bustle of family gatherings and holiday parties can put a strain on your plumbing. There’s nothing worse than running out of hot water mid-shower when all the cousins are in town or a toilet getting stopped up before the ball even drops on New Year’s Eve. To avoid the issues and have a worry-free holiday remember these plumbing tips…

1. Go Easy on Your Sink

Coming together with family and friends to enjoy a holiday meal is one of the staples of the season. With Aunt Abby’s fruit cake, Uncle Tim’s ham, Grandma’s fudge and all the food in-between it’s almost impossible to clear your plate and you are bound to have some scraps. Avoid a clogged drain and an over-worked/ill-performing garbage disposal by throwing your food scraps into the regular trash and NEVER pouring grease, oil or fat down the drain.

2. Don’t Run Out of Hot Water

If you have a lot of holiday guests using your shower, your hot water could run out pretty quickly. To avoid running out of hot water mid-shower, turn up your water heater to increase its capacity to meet holiday house guest demands (we suggest not exceeding 125ºF). Spacing out the times people shower and allowing the hot water tank enough time to heat up between uses will also help ensure that everyone has plenty of hot water.

If the lack of hot water isn’t just a holiday issue, consider switching to a tankless water heater that will heat water as it is used to make things more convenient. Bonus: you won’t have to worry about running out of hot water for countless holiday seasons to come!

3. Prevent Frozen Pipes

Fitting pipes with insulation, either in sleeve form or wrapping, can help prevent them from freezing. Keeping interior cabinet doors open can also help keep your pipes warm. Pipes are often located in cabinets. When the temperatures drop, it is a good idea to keep these cabinet doors open so that the heat from the rest of the house can keep the pipes warm as well.

If you are afraid a pipe will freeze on a bitter cold night, it is also a good precaution to allow your faucet to drip slightly. Allowing the faucet to drip will relieve pressure in the system. If a pipe does become frozen, it is the pressure that is created between the blockage and the faucet that will cause the pipe to burst. Allowing the faucet to drip will prevent this pressure from building up and thus, keep the pipe from bursting.

4. Prevent Clogged Toilets

If your toilet already seems to have a slow or weak flush, this can indicate that a clog is forming in your toilet drain. Instead of waiting until your home is filled with holiday guests and your toilet won’t flush at all, go ahead and take care of the problem (just call us). It is also a good idea to remind your holiday guests to ONLY put toilet paper in the bowl. Flushing facial tissues, wipes, napkins, paper towels, floss, coffee grounds, hair, feminine hygiene products, grease and other fats or oils, medications, plastic and diapers will only contribute to more clogging.

Remember these plumbing tips to avoid issues and have a worry-free holiday AND if a holiday plumbing emergency does occur, don’t forget that you can always call Eastern Plumbing we’re available 24/7 for any plumbing emergency!