Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Make Way…There’s a Backflow Problem.

That can bring a household to a screeching halt!  There are two main causes of backflow in plumbing – back pressure and back siphonage.  Back pressure is defined as water being forced to flow in the opposite direction.  Back siphonage might be more complicated.  It occurs when the pressure in the water supply becomes smaller than the pressure in the plumbing system.

The most important thing is how is it prevented?  Here are some tips –

1.  Have a hose bib backflow preventer
2.  Have a vacuum breaker that constantly monitors water pressure in the system
3.  Something called a barometric loop shaped like an inverted U

Now, what about fixing the problem if it occurs.  That’s easy!  Call backflow expert Shawn Allen.  Shawn is the owner of Allen Plumbing here in Snohomish and he serves all of the Seattle area’s plumbing needs.  Visit www.plumbersnohomish.com for a list of all services, then give Shawn a call for whichever one you need at (425) 367-4744.  

Actually Cool Things to Do When Someone Visits Seattle

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Here is a compiled a list of actually cool things to do in Seattle (most of which are free or cheap), ranging from iconic tourist attractions that locals truly love, to insider stuff your guests would never find on their own.  


Monday, July 2, 2018

Drip, Drip, Drip.

The old commercial said it was the drip, drip, drip of stomach acid.  All of us who are home owners in the Seattle area know that the word could mean dripping from pipes in your home.  Dripping in and of itself may be innocuous in and of itself, but it sure can get out of control and cause big-time problems!

Here are some troubleshooting tips –

1.  Make sure that your toilet valve is NOT stuck.
2.  Inspect the area around the base of the water heater.
3.  Blow in a call to the water company to make sure that the meter is not the culprit.
4.  If you are able, shut off the water main within your home.

You certainly do not want to make hasty moves trying to fix the problem yourself.  Seattle area plumber Shawn Allen is almost certainly the answer.  Shawn serves Snohomish and the surrounding area in any and all plumbing emergencies.  Please don’t wait until things get out of hand!  Call Shawn at (425) 367-4744. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

2018 Seattle July 4th Fireworks Events & Celebrations

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"As always, there is a large list of Seattle July 4th weekend events including parties, dinners, shows, etc. In 2018, July 4th falls on a Wednesday, so there will be celebrations and large events all weekend!"


Friday, June 15, 2018

Your Kitchen…a Center of Activity.

This has become a popular phrase these days “center of activity”.  When summer comes, your kitchen may get quite a work-out.  The kids are home from school, running in and out of the house.  Finally, you have made the decision to do some kitchen remodeling this summer, but where do you start?

Here are a few tips –

1.  Have a plan Stan and Fran.
2.  Set a budget.
3.  Hire a professional to do the installation.

It really can be as easy as one, two, three.  Point #3 is the important part.  If you live in the Seattle area that decision becomes easy.  Call Snohomish kitchen remodeling expert Shawn Allen.  Shawn has been in the plumbing and remodeling business for decades and he will steer you in the right direction staying on budget.  Give him a call today at (425) 367-4744.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Father's Day - Steak Night - June 17th

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"Join us for a Father's Day steak feast as we cook a bunch of different steaks using different techniques with a few sides and a lot of relaxing. This will be a 5 course meal. Optional beverages will be sold at the event."


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Rainy Season…Sump Pump Season.

When you need it, you really need it RIGHT NOW.  That is why the maintenance and repair of your sump pump is so very important.  Your basement sump pump sits quietly for most of the year, then comes the rainy season in the Seattle area and suddenly it becomes the most important part of your home preventing basement flooding.

Here are some common checking tips for your sump pump:

1.  Check the float to make sure it is performing up to peak
2.  Thoroughly clean out the sump pit…remove those loose items that have built up
3.  Check the impeller.  Debris sneaks through the screen and jams the impeller
4.  Make sure that the electrical connection plugged in properly and not frayed.

These steps and more are something that a sump pump expert can follow blindfolded.  Shawn Allen is the right guy in our area!  He is the owner of Allen Plumbing working out of Snohomish WA and the greater Seattle area.  If a cranky sump pump is disrupting your home call Shawn at (425) 367-4744.  It is hard to use your cell phone under water!