Monday, January 15, 2018

Out with the Old…In with the New.

It is a typical New Year’s mantra.  You have hopes and dreams for 2018.  Some are personal, while others tend to be more practical.  In that latter category lies a new sink, bathtub, or toilet.  It may be a modest goal, but it will instantly do two things…enhance the quality of your family’s life and increase your home’s value.  That’s not a bad combination!

How old is your home?  How long have you lived in it?  Has your family grown over the years?  These are always considerations when it comes time to consider new fixtures.  A new sink or tub may require a bit of planning and expertise, so please DO NOT try to tackle this project by yourself lest you end up knee deep in water!

Your plan for new bathroom fixtures starts with Shawn Allen of Allen Plumbing.  For more than four decades Shawn has repaired and replaced plumbing fixtures throughout the Snohomish and Seattle area.  Make a New Year’s resolution to invite him into your home for an estimate of your project by calling him at (425) 367-4744.

The Top Things to do or see in Seattle, January 2018

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"St. Vincent blesses the Moore Theatre, ‘Two Trains Running’ explores gentrification in the late ’60s, and Lewis Black yells about Trump."

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Keep your Drains Running Freely.

A backed-up drain can bring a household to a standstill.  The water is just one problem…the smell is another.  It is simply something you wish to avoid before you have to make that inevitable call to your favorite plumber.  So, let’s try to keep it from happening in the first place.  Wouldn’t that be better?

Every time you use your sink run some hot water through it.  How many of us do that?  Now and then, throw a handful of baking soda down the drain and run hot water through it.  Have you tried vinegar?  You may be surprised at its effectiveness.  Just pour a cup down the drain, let it sit for 30 minutes, then wash it down with (you guessed it) hot water!

All of these methods may make a big difference on how often you need to call a professional.  Fortunately, if you do then you know whom to call…drain busters!  Shawn Allen of Allen Plumbing is your Snohomish area drain cleaning pro.  If you need him call him any time of the day for all general plumbing services at (425) 367-4744.

Monday, December 18, 2017

A Happy Northwest Holiday.

Seattle is a great place to be during the holiday season.  It will also have many traveling relatives and friends joining us for an end-of-the-year celebration.  We hope that you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a warm, happy holiday season.  At this time of year, we reflect on the past and anticipate the future.

Plumbing problems, unfortunately know no season.  They crop up when you least expect them and never come with our blessing.  Something may go wrong with your home’s plumbing or perhaps, the sewage system around it.  Just keep an eye out for potential plumbing problems while you celebrate this holiday season.

Your friends at Allen Plumbing have been here through it all for decades.  Shawn heads up an owner-operated plumbing company that handles jobs large and small.  You will never be just another number with Shawn.  Happy Holidays from Allen Plumbing, and if you need us we will be there.  Just call anytime at (425) 367-4744. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Family holiday and Christmas events in Seattle 2017

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"The holiday season will be filled with family-friendly events in Seattle and the surrounding area. Take the family to enjoy visits with Santa and his reindeer, to see the holiday decorations, listen to joyous music and to enjoy special activities like ice skating and holiday markets."




Tuesday, December 5, 2017

How Long Should a Water Heater Last?

Here is the best “guesstimate”.  Generally speaking, a gas water heater should last about a decade (maybe a dozen years if you are lucky).  With an electric model you may get a few more years of efficiency (up to maybe 15 years).  If it is anything beyond those numbers then your water heater is living on borrowed time!

Let us use an equation, because often times people wonder how long should the hot water continue to flow.  For example, if your water heater holds 30 gallons and someone in your home just took a 15-minute shower then you can anticipate that there is about 5 minutes of hot water left.  If YOU want to spend 15 minutes in the shower, then you need to wait about 45 minutes.

Nothing about water heaters is an exact science, of course.  What is a sure thing in Snohomish, WA is that Shawn Allen should be called if you need your water heater repaired or replaced.  That makes it really easy!  Snohomish and Seattle area residents have trusted Shawn for their plumbing needs for decades.  Give him a call at (425) 367-4744.

23rd Annual Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

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"Garden d’Lights features over half a million sparkling lights formed into the whimsical shapes of plants, flowers, birds, animals, and cascading waterfalls set amid the natural beauty of the Bellevue Botanical Garden."

 November 25 through December 31, 2017
Hours: 4:30pm to 9:00pm (the lights go out at 9:30pm),
every evening, including holidays.