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!

Fun Toilet Facts for World Toilet Day

Here are some fun facts about toilets we thought we’d share with you on World Toilet Day:

  1. More people in the world have mobile phones than toilets.
  2. Your smartphone has about 20 times more bacteria on it than your toilet handle.
  3. The average person spends about 3 months of their lifetime sitting on a toilet.
  4. Over $100,000 US dollars was spent on a study to determine whether most people put their toilet paper on the holder with the flap in front or behind. The conclusion: three out of four people have the flap in the front.
  5. The average person goes to the toilet about 2,500 times a year.
  6. The average desk has 400 times more bacteria on it than the average toilet seat.
  7. Did you know that you are flushing up to 1.6 gallons of water in every single flush?
  8. The cleanest toilet in a public place is typically the first toilet cubicle in the row, as it is the least used and thus the cleanest of all.
  9. Almost 20% of people do not wash their hands after they visit the toilet. And of those who do, only 30%, use soap to wash their hands.
  10. In an average household, the average roll of toilet paper lasts approximately five days.
  11. We use an average of 57 sheets of toilet paper a day.
  12. It takes about 384 trees to make the toilet paper that one man uses within his lifetime.
  13. The average person uses 100 rolls of toilet paper per year (over 20,000 sheets).
  14. The daily production of toilet paper is about 83,048,116 rolls per day

And, here are just a few plumbing misconceptions we hear a lot – Fact verses Fiction:

  • Roughly 157 gallons of water are wasted every year due to a slow leak of 3 drops a minute – FACT: every extra drip wastes a ton of water and can costs you a lot of money. You should get a leak checked out and fixed as soon as possible!
  • Liquid drain cleaner can unclog your sink – FICTION: buildup of materials such as hair, skin and makeup typically cause a sink to clog.  Any kind of liquid drain cleaner will not permanently fix your clogged sink because it can’t dissolve solids and overuse can lead to the deterioration of your pipes due to some of the active ingredients in the cleaner.
  • A small critter can climb up a pipe and into your toilet bowl – FACT:  a typical home has many pipes that run from your sewer system to the roof of your home and these pipes connect to your home’s drain system. It is possible for a snake or rat to make their way through the sewer line and into your toilet bowl, however, it is not very common.
  • Flushable wipes are OK to flush down the toilet – FICTION:  often times toilet wipes are the cause of clogged toilets, so don’t flush.  We always tell our customers the only two things that should be flushed down the toilet are human waste and toilet paper.

We hope you enjoyed these fun facts! If you have any type of plumbing problem, from clogged drains to water heater issues, our experienced technicians are standing by to fix them! Give Eastern Plumbing a call today at 252-758-7579 ! We are available 24/7.

New Year


Hello everyone. I hope you had great 2012 and are looking forward to a prosperous 2013.

My name is Stephen Bryan and I am a licensed plumber in Greenville, North Carolina. I am co-owner of Eastern Plumbing which is a full service plumbing company.

This is my inaugural blog. I plan to do a bi-monthly blog concerning plumbing and other interesting topics. I would like to start by giving you some information about me and my company.

I have been in the construction industry for most of my adult life. I have experience in industrial, commercial and residential construction. I started plumbing full time in 2001 with Eastern Plumbing. Eastern Plumbing will be celebrating 15 years of business in 2013. My business partner, Dee Askew and I have been with the company for over ten years. We will have owned the company for eight years in March of 2013. We feel very fortunate and know that it could not have been possible without our loyal customers.

At Eastern Plumbing we take pride in providing quality service at an affordable price. I was taught that anything worth doing is worth doing well. We strive to do that as a company and I will strive to keep this blog interesting, as well as, informative.

Please let us know if you have any comments or questions at or call us at 252-758-7579. You can also like us on Facebook or check us out on Angie’s List. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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