Don’t Flush Feminine Products (Really!)

Listen up ladies! Here is a public service announcement for you: do not flush feminine products down the toilet. We know, we know, it says “flushable” right on the box. But this really isn’t the case. Tampons, pads, wipes, and other “flushable-friendly” products take a toll on your plumbing system and septic tank. Really! At Eastern Plumbing, over 25% of our calls about stoppage problems are caused by flushing tampons. Don’t wait until you have a costly plumbing problem before you start thinking twice about flushing them.

If you’re still skeptical that flushing feminine products could actually cause plumbing issues, here are a few more facts. Tampons grow up to 10 times their size once they absorb fluid, making them prime for clogging sewer drains – especially in older plumbing systems where roots may have started to grow through pipes.

Also, tampons NEVER break down. Unlike toilet paper (which, of course, is made to be flushed), if one gets caught on its way down, it isn’t going to dissolve. It will linger in your plumbing system allowing other debris to build up around it until you will ultimately be forced to call a plumber to clear the clog.

Even if your flushed feminine products make it out of your plumbing system, they are damaging to your septic system. Since they never break down, they will take up space in your tank, raising liquid levels and causing solids to build up blocking distribution tubes. Eventually, water may collect around the tank or back up into your home!

If you have been flushing these products down the toilet, make sure to stop immediately. Keep an eye out for any signs of a clog such as slow drains, sluggish flushing or gurgling pipes. If you notice any of these things, contact Eastern Plumbing!

Oh! And be sure to check out our blog “8 Things You Should Never Flush” to learn what other commonly flushed items shouldn’t be going down the toilet.

Questions to Ask Your Plumber Before & After Service

Finding the RIGHT plumber is important! While a simple Google search can lead you to numerous options, don’t just hire the first plumbing company that shows up without doing a little research for yourself. To get the best plumbing services, you need to know what to look for and the right questions to ask.

Questions to ask BEFORE your plumbing service:

1. Are you licensed?

All plumbers in North Carolina must obtain a license. Make sure that the person (or company) you hire has met all of these state requirements for education and training. 

Eastern Plumbing is a fully licensed plumber, AND all of our technicians are drug tested and background checked, so you know the person you let into your home is someone we’d let in our home.

2. How long have you been in business?

You will want to choose a reliable plumbing business that has been around for a while. Not only will this speak to the quality of work they do, but you can be certain that they will still be around if you need further repairs or need to have warranties honored.

At Eastern Plumbing, we have been setting the standard in quality service for OVER 15 years and have established ourselves as one of the strongest plumbing companies in eastern NC!

3. Is your company insured?

Every plumbing company should be insured to cover any property damages or on-the-job injuries that occur as a result of the job. You do not want to be on the hook for any repairs or medical bills that were beyond your control.

Eastern Plumbing is fully insured, and we offer service agreements with upfront pricing and NO hidden costs.

Once you’ve picked the right plumber and the repairs have been completed, it can be helpful to ask some follow up questions. Here are questions to ask AFTER your plumbing service:

1.  What caused this problem?

If you have an issue with your plumbing, there’s a reason. If your plumber is able to repair the problem, they should be able to explain why it happened.

Eastern Plumbing has been in business for over 15 years, which means we’ve pretty much seen it all. We have the experience to diagnose and fix any of your residential, commercial or industrial plumbing problems.

2. How can I prevent it from happening again?

Once your plumber tells you what caused your plumbing problem, your next question should be “How do I prevent it from happening again?”. Naturally, if your toilet was clogged by something that never should have been flushed, you have a pretty easy solution. For other problems though, regular plumbing maintenance may be what you need to prevent future problems.

Our technicians will let you know what kind of regular maintenance you can do to keep your plumbing system in top shape.

3. Do you offer 24/7 emergency service?

If you’re satisfied with the work your plumber has done, you’re going to want to know if you can rely on them if a plumbing emergency arises.

Eastern Plumbing is available 24/7 for any plumbing emergency. Be sure to keep our number handy to have peace of mind that if something happens, you’ll have someone to call – Greenville: 252-758-7579, New Bern: 252-514-0002.

If you are in need of plumbing services in eastern North Carolina, Eastern Plumbing is more than happy to personally answer all your questions and more! Contact us today.

8 Things You Should NEVER Flush Down the Toilet

At Eastern Plumbing we’ve seen a lot of mishaps from people flushing the wrong things down the toilet. You couldn’t imagine the things our plumbers have cleaned out of pipes. We know it’s tempting to flush it – it’s like a black hole, just dump, flush and it’s gone. But what you can’t see is the risk of damage. People often don’t think about this until they have a huge clog or costly septic tank problem.

To help you flush safely, here is a list of 8 things you should NEVER flush down the toilet.

1.  Dental Floss

Floss isn’t biodegradable and even though it may not seem like much, just think about what happens when a bunch of it starts to tangle together and flow through your sewer pipes. It isn’t pretty.

2. Band Aids

Like floss, band aids are not biodegradable so flushing them down the toilet can lead to clogs. Whether they are made of plastic or cloth, just throw it in the trash.

3. Medication

While flushing medicine isn’t a concern when it comes to causing clogs, it is for contaminating water supply. The water in your toilet ends up in lakes, river and oceans – and sewage systems do not remove medicines from the water. Please dispose of your pills and other medication through your local pharmacy.

4. Hair

Even though it comes from your body, it doesn’t mean it can be safely flushed down the toilet. Think about it, hair clogs your shower drain so why wouldn’t it clog your toilet? It’s like dental floss, it may not seem like a big deal, but when it forms into a giant ball it creates blockages in your plumbing and sewer.

5. Kitty Litter

Cats have their own toilet, so don’t flush their litter down yours. Most toilets do not use enough water to move litter properly through your pipes.

6. Oil or Grease

You already know it isn’t okay to pour grease or oil down your sink, so it makes sense that it isn’t okay to flush it down your toilet either. Cooking greases congeal when they cool, which can create build up in your plumbing system.

7. “Flushable” Wipes

This one is a little controversial. We know it says “flushable” but trust us it really isn’t. Wipes don’t disintegrate the way toilet paper does, which can eventually cause a clog. If you do use wipes, you should throw them away in the trash instead.

8. Your Unlucky Goldfish

When you say goodbye to your pet goldfish make sure it gets a proper “burial” in the backyard. Flushing a dead goldfish down the toilet can cause a clog.

Bottom Line: To put it bluntly, the only thing you should really flush down the toilet is one of the “three P’s” – pee, poop, and paper (toilet paper that is). Oh, and vomit is okay, but to stick to the “P” theme we’ll call it puke.

If you have not-so-great flushing habits that have led to a clog, call the experts at Eastern Plumbing in Greenville and New Bern today. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any plumbing emergency!

5 Things Your Plumber Wishes You Knew

Being a plumber is hard work. Much of a plumber’s job is repairing plumbing accidents, many of which could have been prevented or avoided if homeowners only had the right information. Don’t get us wrong were always happy to help, but to save plumbers from extra time spent crouching under sinks and drains, the experts at Eastern Plumbing have put together a list of tips just for you, we call it “5 Things Your Plumber Wishes You Knew.” Not only will these tips save plumbers some time, but can also save you from costly plumbing repairs.

1. This is a pretty big one and while many people may already know this, we feel it’s still important to have on the list: “Don’t put oil or grease down the drain.” We repeat: “Never pour cooking oil, bacon grease or anything else remotely similar down your drain.” Oils and greases being poured down drains by homeowners is the leading cause of clogs. Instead, pour used oil or grease into deposable plastic or foil containers, freeze them, then throw them out with the garbage.

2. Ah, the water heater. Many homeowners tend to forget their water heater even exists, until there’s a problem. I mean think about it, it’s tucked in a closet or basement and you don’t see it a lot. But, your plumber wishes you’d know that your water heater needs love too. It’s important to remember that your tank needs to be flushed at least once a year to avoid the buildup of rust and sediment. When it comes to plumbing, preventative maintenance can save you a lot of stress and money down the line.

3. Imagine this: your home is unrelentingly flooding and you’re not sure why. Your scrambling around the house in soaked pajama pants, doing anything you can think of to make the water stop. But, you don’t know where your water shut off valves are. As a homeowner, it is important to familiarize yourself with your home’s plumbing system before problems like this occur so you can respond quickly, if and when, they do. Once you turn off your valves at the water main, your next step should be to call Eastern Plumbing in Greenville or New Bern, with 24/7 emergency service you won’t be left to deal with the plumbing problem alone.

4. Liquid drain cleaners may be helpful when it comes to clearing a clogged drain, but only use these as a last resort. Many commercial chemical cleaners eat away at more than just the gunk buildup. Dumping these cleaners down your sinks too often can cause harm to your pipes and drains. Instead, prevent clogs by investing in drain screens, and if you still notice persistent clogging, contact the professionals at Eastern Plumbing before turning to harsh chemicals.

5. This last one may be at the top of things plumbers want homeowners to know: “Don’t try to diagnose and fix a plumbing problem yourself.” It is always best to call an expert. On that same note, waiting until the last second to call for help, really doesn’t help much. The longer you let a problem linger, the worse the problem is bound to get. Catching an issue early can save you time, money and stress.

Now that you have the inside scoop on things plumbers wish you knew, you know how to prevent some plumbing problems and are prepared to react quickly if a plumbing emergency should occur. The experts at Eastern Plumbing know how to handle the messiest of situations. Do not hesitate to call us if you encounter any type of problem that is too big for you to handle – like we said, it’s always best to call an expert.

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.

Different Plumbing Noises and What They Can Mean

 

You don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your plumbing when everything is flowing right. Water comes in, and water goes out. But when you hear an ominous drip, gurgle, bang or any other mysterious sound, you start to worry. Don’t panic, these aren’t horror movie sound effects. Often times, these noises are indicators of different problems in your plumbing system. Hearing these noises may concern you, but it’s better to be aware of a problem before it causes more damage. Here is a list of the different plumbing noises and what they could mean.

1.Hissing

Nope. There isn’t a snake or scary sea creature lurking in your plumbing! A hissing sound coming from your fixtures is commonly a sign that water pressure is too high. Basically, the sound happens because excessive force is pushing water through the pipes and to the tap. It is important to have this looked at by the experts at Eastern Plumbing because unnecessarily high water pressure can lead to an increased water bill and, over times,  stress your pipes. One way to fix this noise is to have a pressure regulator installed by one of our professional plumbers.

2. Banging

A distinctive bang or thud when you turn off a faucet can be another indicator that your water pressure is too high. A banging sound could also point to loose water pipes, or pipes that are not secured well to the wall. To find out why you may be hearing this noise, contact Eastern Plumbing today!

3. Rattling

A rattling, or vibrating sound, coming from your toilet after flushing may indicate that there is an issue with the fill valve. This fitting in your toilet wears out naturally, which means at some point it is going to not work properly or even break. If you lift the arm of your toilet valve and the noise stops, then that is most likely the problem. The experts at Eastern Plumbing can replace this part.

4. Gurgling

A gurgling sound after using the sink, shower or toilet is a tell-tell sign of a blocked drain or vent pipe. Dirt, grease and other materials build up in drains and plumbing, which causes water to drain slowly. As a result, air bubbles cannot move through the pipes to be expelled at the nearest vent, resulting in a gurgling noise. Aside from the noise, clogged drains can also cause foul odors and gases to back up into your home. An experienced plumber at Eastern Plumbing can inspect your plumbing for clogs and recommend solutions to fix the problem.

5. Dripping

And last, but not least, the dreaded drip. Remember, if one of your plumbing fixtures is dripping don’t just write it off as a minor annoyance – it is a serious waste of water. In fact, just one leaky faucet can waste 3,000 gallons of water per year according to the EPA. Don’t waste another drop! Eastern Plumbing can help you solve the problem by putting in a new washer or even installing a brand new faucet.

So, if you notice any of these sounds, or even a sound not mentioned here, don’t hesitate to contact Eastern Plumbing in Greenville or New Bern. We have the knowledge and expertise to diagnose any plumbing problem you may encounter.

Plumbing Tips for Landlords

 

We understand you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your renter’s bathroom experience. We know it’s strange, but on some level, you’re responsible for ensuring they have a comfortable place to do their business. The plumbing in your investment home can be a real drain (pun intended) if you do not maintain it properly. After all, what separates an okay landlord from a great landlord is the way they maintain the property and their ability to fix problems when they arise. So, here are three plumbing tips every landlord should follow.

Educate Yourself On Basic Plumbing Repairs

How many times have you, personally, had a pipe leak or toilet clog? Now multiply that by how many rental properties you have. Even if you don’t have that many plumbing issues, chances are one of you renters will. So, when that happens it would be beneficial if you could fix the problem correctly and quickly. Know how to plunge a toilet and use a snake on tough drain clogs. This can be very beneficial, and your renters will be happy that their problem was fixed so quickly.

Give Your Renters Plumbing Tips

As a landlord, it is important for you to stay aware of any potential problems with your property. But, let’s face it, you can’t be everywhere at once. Along with your responsibility, your renters also have an obligation to take care of the space they are staying in. Don’t just assume your renters know how to care for a home or what NOT to do to their plumbing system. It is a good idea to give them some brief, friendly tips when they move in. For example, tell them to use strainers to protect the drains in the sink and showers, NEVER pour fats, oils or grease down the drain and educate them on how to avoid frozen pipes in the winter.

Know What To Do In A Plumbing Emergency

No, it’s not fun to think about. But, it is important to know what to do in the event of plumbing emergency at one of your rental properties. First of all, you should know exactly where the shutoff valve is. Then you should have a reliable plumber on hand. The professionals at Eastern Plumbing are available 24-hours to assist with any plumbing emergency. We offer fast and reliable assistance, and have been setting the standard in quality service of over 15 years. With locations in Greenville and New Bern, and servicing eastern North Carolina, contact Eastern Plumbing today for all of your plumbing needs – including repairs, remodels and installations.

All About Tiny House Plumbing

 

Tiny houses are trending these days. People love the idea of downsizing, having more money to travel and just simplifying life. Many people opt to build their own tiny house and it is often a fun project. But, one part of building a tiny house that many people worry about is the plumbing. This is one big area where a tiny home is very different from a standard home. Normal houses have permanent access to water, whereas a tiny home is often built to be mobile – and there is no guarantee that you’ll always be near a water source that you can hook up to.

Getting Water To Your Tiny Home

One option for your tiny home is to have a tank and pump system. This is a practical option that will allow you the functionality of a normal home, but will also give you the freedom to live off-grid. This system involves putting a tank in your tiny home and using a pump to pressurize and circulate the water.

Tanks can take up a fair amount of space in your tiny home, so it is important to really think about what size of tank you may need. A bigger tank means you can go longer between fill ups, but it will take up more room and add weight to your home.

If you don’t plan to ever live off-grid, a hookup system may be another option. With this system, you can simply hook your tiny house up to a regular water supply, like the ones commonly found at campsites.

Hookup water source systems involve installing plumbing that can accept water through an RV hose. If you decide to use this system, your tiny home plumbing will function like any other RV.

Getting Water Out of Your Tiny Home

So now that we’ve covered options for getting water to your tiny home, what about getting water, or waste water, out of your home?

If you plan to live on the grid, the simplest solution is to hook up to an existing system. This can be a septic tank (more often in rural areas) or the public sewer system. With this option, you will need install a drainage system like the ones in normal homes.

Another option for getting waste water out of your tiny home is to collect it and dispose of it at dump stations. You could use a waste water holding tank – similar to the system a lot of RVs use. This isn’t the most pleasant or convenient option, but if you are planning to live off-grid you don’t have much of a choice.

To learn more about plumbing for your tiny home, or your normal-size home, contact the experts at Eastern Plumbing in Greenville and New Bern. We have knowledge of all plumbing systems and can help you with all of your plumbing needs.

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.

Picking The Best Shower Head For You

 

No one wants to start, or end, their day with a lack luster shower. Replacing your shower head can help you get off to a clean and relaxing start every morning. But, before you head to your local hardware store or start your bathroom remodel, you need to decide which shower head is best for you. With so many options on the market now, there are a few things you need to know before you decide. The team at Eastern Plumbing is here to help you decide what type of shower head will be the best option for your bathroom remodel. Once you decide, were here to help you install it too!

Types of Shower Heads:

There are five main types of shower heads available on the market these days.

 A single spray shower head is the most common and has been used for a long time. It provides you with a single spray pattern of good pressure. This type of shower head is the simplest and most budget-friendly. This is great for small to medium sized showers.

 

 Rain system shower heads have become increasing popular in many households. It provides a steady, light pressure flow of water from directly above. This shower head can give your bathroom a spa-like feel. They vary widely in price.

If you hate moving around during a shower to rinse off, then a handheld shower head is the best choice for you. With this option, you can stay in one spot and bring the flow of water to you. This type of shower head is handy for kids, pets and elderly people.

A sliding bar shower head is the perfect option for families. You will have the ability to easily adjust the height of the shower head by sliding it up and down. Set it to the perfect height for your children to make bath time easier.

 

A ceiling mount shower head is a luxurious option for people who want to feel pampered. This shower head will instantly give your bathroom a modern, trendy feeling. It is fixed to the ceiling and can provide you an even flow of water – like standing in the rain. Keep in mind though, this option is more expensive and requires special plumbing and installation.

Now that you know the function of different types of shower heads, you can make a better decision about which one is right for you. You also need to keep in mind the following: your budget, your bathroom size, and who will be using the shower.

Still need help deciding? Or need help installing your new shower head? Contact the bathroom experts at Eastern Plumbing in Greenville and New Bern today.

What You Need To Know About Plumbing For Your Next Kitchen Remodel

 

Shiny new appliances, beautiful countertops and an elegant backsplash – that sounds amazing, right? If you are dreaming of a kitchen remodel Eastern Plumbing is here to help! Remember, plumbing is an important part of the kitchen and is vital when remodeling. At Eastern Plumbing, it is our goal to help you remodel your kitchen quickly and on-budget. We make the process as simple as possible. With design experts and experienced plumbing technicians, we have the tools and know-how to make all of your kitchen dreams come true!

As you begin planning your kitchen remodel, here are a two things you should you keep in mind regarding your plumbing.

Choose your sink before installing new cabinets.

Deep, under-counter mounted and farmhouse sinks are trending these days. They are beautiful and can give your kitchen an updated look. Make sure you choose your new sink before you install your new cabinets though. Knowing what sink you want can prevent plumbers from having to cut the back of your newly installed cabinets to get to piping in the wall. Make sure that your new sink is going to work with your existing plumbing. If it isn’t, make sure you correct the issue before installing cabinets.

Be aware of possible constraints and work with what you have.

If you want to stay within a limited budget, it is generally good to use the plumbing that is already there. Take note where the gas and water supplies enter your kitchen to determine where you put your new appliances. This usually means you won’t be able to move your oven, sink or dishwasher by more than a few inches. If you do want to relocate appliances, remember that moving plumbing will add extra expenses.

For more kitchen remodeling tips, contact Eastern Plumbing today. We specialize in redesign and remodeling – with our expertise and experience, we can help you get your kitchen project done the right way, on time and on budget!

Plumbing Questions when Buying a House

Plumbing Questions to Ask Before Buying a House

You make an offer on the home of your dreams and it’s accepted. Per your realtor’s advice, you order an inspection and everything looks good. Or does it? These days, having an inspection done before closing is an expected part of the home buying process. Unfortunately, sometimes these inspections aren’t all that thorough when it comes to plumbing.

More often than not we find that the homeowner didn’t know the existing condition of their plumbing system and within just a few months of moving in they are having to give us a call. Each home’s plumbing system can be different and can have its own problems. So, before you buy the home of your dreams, be sure to have these questions answered.

How Old Is The Plumbing?

If you’re buying a house from the earlier half of the 1900’s or before, you have a good chance of finding the original plumbing and it’s more than likely in need of replacement. Even the best plumbing can’t last much longer than 80-100 years before needing to be replaced. Thankfully, re-piping a house is a fairly straight forward job for any plumber. The price can vary widely depending on the size of the house, which is why it is so important to have a professional take a look so that you can factor the cost of replacement into your home buying budget.

Has The Home Experienced Any Water Damage In The Past?

A good inspector can usually tell if water damage has occurred, and any damage should be disclosed by the previous owner at the time of sale. Nevertheless, you should:

Check that exposed pipes in unheated areas are insulated.

Make sure washing machine hoses are in good condition.

Look for signs of pervious toilet leaks, such as discoloration and/or warping around the base of the toilet.

Often, water damage leads to moisture problems and moisture problems lead to mold. So, if you know there’s been major water damage in the home you have your eye on, you should have a professional check for any signs of mold before signing on the dotted line.

How Old Is The Water Heater?

Having to replace a hot water heater right after purchasing a new house is not ideal for any new home owner. Knowing the age of the home’s water heater before you buy will help you better prepare for when/if it needs to be replaced. Keep in mind, most water heaters have a life expectancy of about 13 years and a new high-efficiency water heater can cost anywhere between $900 and $2,000, depending on the size and model you choose.

Family Size Demand Gallon Capacity Needed
    Electric Gas
5+ High 75
  Regular 80 50
3-4 High 80 50-75
  Regular 50 40
2-3 High 50 40-50
  Regular 40 40
1-2 High 40-50 40-50
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How Big Is The Water Heater?

This is a question most home owners don’t think about until they are already living in their new home and have experienced a few too many unwarranted cold showers. To avoid fighting for the first shower every day, make sure the water heater in your future home is big enough to cover the needs of your household. Here’s a helpful guide:

What Are The Monthly Utility Costs?

Knowing the average cost of the utilities bills for your dream home will help you better prepare your monthly budget. It can also help you decide where you might upgrade to more energy-efficient appliances to save on energy costs.

Bonus: Test the Water Pressure

Not everyone likes the same water pressure, so be sure to check it throughout your potential new home to make sure it is just right for you. If it’s not up to par, contact the professionals at Eastern Plumbing to help!

Knowing everything you can about your potential new home’s plumbing gives you a leg up on surprises and helps you budget. The little bit extra you’ll spend on minor maintenance and inspection can go a long way towards knowing what you’re about to purchase, or whether it’s worth buying at all.

With over 15 years of service experience, we have helped thousands of homeowners in Eastern, NC with their plumbing needs. Our top-notch plumbing technicians are here to help – give Eastern Plumbing a call today!

Common Plumbing Problems and How to Fix Them

 

From bad water pressure to annoying dripping faucets, homeowners endure their fair share of plumbing troubles. Check out these common plumbing problems to learn how to fix them and when it’s time to call in the professionals.

Poor Water Pressure

Low water pressure can affect your shower, sink, and/or toilet. If it only affects one faucet or shower head, it should be an easy fix. The first thing you will need to check is if the low water pressure is affecting both the hot and cold water. If both the hot and cold water have low pressure the most likely cause is the aerator. To clean out a faucet aerator, carefully remove the aerator, wash any debris and put it back on.

However, if the low water pressure seems to be impacting your entire home, it’s time to call in the pros. Low water pressure throughout your home could be a sign of a hidden leak or blockage in your plumbing system, which isn’t something you should tackle on your own.

Slow Draining Sink/Tub

From the kitchen to the bathroom, all drains are susceptible to clogs if they are not maintained properly. If you start to notice slow drainage in your kitchen or bathroom, try cleaning in and around the drain. In the shower, be sure to remove accumulated soap scum and other debris (like hair) from around the drain. In the kitchen, running the garbage disposal to remove food scraps can help your slow draining problem.

If slow drainage persists, you may need professional clog removal and drain cleaning. Don’t hesitate to call Eastern Plumbing; we have been setting the standard in quality service for over 15 years.

Dripping Faucets

Whether they’re producing just an occasional drip or a constant stream of excess water, leaky faucets will drive you crazy. The constant noise of water dripping can be irritating, plus the water you are wasting can drive up your bill. To combat the drip, first try to turn the faucet as far toward the off position as possible. If that doesn’t stop the dripping, the faucet more than likely needs a new washer.

Replacing the washer may be an easy fix for you if you are comfortable taking your faucet apart. If plumbing isn’t your forte though, don’t hesitate to call Eastern Plumbing for help. We’re no strangers to leaky faucets, and our professional technicians can stop those annoying drips in no time.

Malfunctioning Toilet

From overflowing to clogging to continuously running, toilets can have all sorts of problems. If your toilet hasn’t experienced any problems with clogging or overflowing before, you should be able to remove the clog by using a plunger or a plumbers snake. On the other hand, if clogs and overflowing have become a regular occurrence you will want to call a professional so that they can locate the root of the problem. Extreme clogs and excessive overflows typically require professional assistance, since the problem could be a sewer line blockage or a septic tank issue.

Most running toilet problems can be resolved by adjusting or replacing the flapper valve inside the tank. However, sometimes the problem goes deeper, if your toilet is continuously running after every flush, even after a flapper valve replacement; don’t hesitate to call us at Eastern Plumbing.

If you need to consult a plumber, give the experienced professionals at Eastern Plumbing a call. With over 15 years of service experience, we have helped thousands of homeowners in Eastern, NC with their plumbing needs. Call us today! Greenville 252-758-7579 • New Bern 252-514-0002