Monday, January 14, 2019

Water Heater Budget.

Everyone who has a home in the Seattle area also has some sort of budget.  What do you allocate for household necessities?  Can you “get by” for another year or so without replacing a major appliance?  Your water heater should probably be a part of that budget.  When should you have it checked and/or replaced?

Should you repair or replace?  Here are some tips –

1.  How old is the unit?  A good barometer is 10 years for traditional water heaters.
2.  Are you turning the shower dial more and more to get hot water?
3.  Has it ever been repaired without being replaced?
4.  Do you have the budget right now for a brand new one?

Let me inspect your home’s water heater to see if it is time to fix it up or install a new one.  My name is Shawn Allen.  I am a Snohomish and Seattle area full-service plumber with particular expertise when it comes to water heaters.  For any plumbing inspection or emergency in our area you can count on my decades of experience.  Just call (425) 367-4744.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

82 free and cheap things to do this weekend

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Free and cheap things to do in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan region this coming weekend.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Maintain those Drains.

It is always a good idea to dedicate some effort to maintaining your drain and sewer system.  How many of us in the Seattle area take an “out of sight, out of mind” approach when it comes to those parts of our homes.  Just ignoring it, though, only guarantees that any problems that develop will get worse over time.

Okay then, how can you tell if it’s time to schedule drain cleaning services?  There are a number of sure signs that your drains are in need of some professional cleaning.  First, you should keep an eye out for slow drainage.  Many drain clogs don’t form right away.  Instead, they grow over time as waste sticks to the walls of the drain pipe.

I always recommend that you trust your nose, as well.  If you are experiencing any foul smells, don’t blame the dog!  Odorous smells are strong evidence of clogged drains.  I will be there to clean out those drains and the entire sewer system if you need that done.  I am Shawn Allen, your Snohomish WA plumber.  Just give me a call at (425) 367-4744.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018


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"Join, Seattle/Tacoma, and Portland's finest as we wrap up 2018 with the party of all parties, champagne tops popping and drinks flowing all night long as we toast our way into 2019."


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Dreaming of a White Christmas.

Here in Seattle, which is not exactly noted for its excessive snowfall, just what are the chances that we will have a white Christmas?  With all due respect to the late Bing Crosby…they are not very good.  The most recent snowfall on Christmas Day was in 2008 when just under a half-inch of the white stuff fell in the Seattle area.

However, just the year before, there was nearly an inch of snow on December 25th.  What’s the record, you say?  Well, for those of you who remember 1909 (By the way, I would like to meet you) the Seattle Metro had a measurable one and four-fifths inches of snow fall on Christmas Day.  Imagine those new “horseless carriages” trying to negotiate that!

Whatever 2018 may bring rest comfortably that the very next day Shawn Allen one of Seattle’s top plumbers will be on the job fixing what ails your toilet, your shower, your sink, or your sewage system.  From plumber Shawn Allen of to all of the Seattle area Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Ho, Ho, Ho! Your Guide to the Best Places for Santa Photos

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"Dress your kids in their holiday best and get the bribes ready—it’s time to saddle up to the big guy in red."