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!

Find a Park and Things to Do in Washington State

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"What's your idea of fun? Whether it's birdwatching, boating, mushing sled dogs, or digging for clams, you'll find a place to pursue your passion in Washington's many state parks."

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Lights, Camera, Action.

No, this is not a movie set…it is the action taken to find out what is going on with your sewage system.  Not quite as romantic is it?  What is a video sewer inspection?  To inspect the pipes and find possible problems, a special sewer video camera head connected to a flexible cable is inserted into the main sewer line cleanout, and snaked through the pipes.

While it is an important tool in a leak location test, a sewer camera by itself cannot be used to determine if you have a leak.  Since the camera is inside the pipe, it cannot see the outside of the pipe which simply means it can’t see if something is leaking OUT of the pipe. It can only show what is going on INSIDE the pipe.

For practical evidence of this we invite you to visit www.plumbersnohomish.com.  Here, you can view a sewer cam video.  It isn’t pretty, but it should educate you on what may be needed under your Seattle area home.  If and when you need us, we are a phone call away.  Call Shawn at (425) 367-4744 before things get worse.

Memorial Day Events and Festivities, Seattle

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"Memorial Day takes place on May 28, 2018 there will be many Seattle & Washington events including festivals & concerts."

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Oh Boy, It’s Sump Pump time.

Spring rains bring flooding conditions and you had better have the right sump pump in your castle.  Homes with basements and low water tables require sump pumps to discharge the water before it causes damage. Sump pumps remove excess water from any place that might collect water where you don't want it.

Pick a sump pump according to its base type. Sump pumps are available with pedestal mounts or are submersible.  Make sure you select a pump for the power needed to empty the area of water.  You will probably want to opt for a pump with a capacitive switch for hassle-free automatic operation.  Select a sump-pump with a vertical switch that mechanically turns the sump pump on or off automatically.

Those are just a few tips to help you along the way.  The best tip of all, is to choose the right person to install it.  In Snohomish, WA and the surrounding area that man is Shawn Allen, the owner of Allen Plumbing.  He has been a Seattle area sump pump installation expert for decades.  Give Shawn a call today at (425) 367-4744.

Seattle Mother's Day Brunch, Lunch & Dinner Specials

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"Dine out this Mother's Day Sunday, May 13, 2018.
Let us help you make this Mother's Day special with delicious specials to celebrate the ladies we love."

Monday, April 16, 2018

My Plumbing Wish List.

I think I speak for other plumbers across the country when I say, “I wish I were there to tell you what NOT to do before you had to call me”.  Plumbers from coast to coast will tell you that their area home owners make mistakes that end up costing them hundreds of dollars or more trying to fix their own plumbing.

Here are a few tips I would like to impart –

1.  Don’t automatically reach for the Drano.  Chemicals rarely do the job.
2.  Please don’t think of your toilet as a garbage can.
3.  Do not go searching for the main water valve.
4.  Stop with the drop-in tank toilet fresheners already.
5.  Your water heater is past its expiration date…just acknowledge it!

These and many other helpful plumbing tips might keep a major plumbing problem from occurring.  I just want you to know that I will be there when you need me.  I am Snohomish, WA area plumber Shawn Allen.  I have been here for decades and you can count on me in the future.  Just give me a call at (425) 367-4744.

Don't Miss the Apple Bottom Festival - Wenatchee, WA

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"This annual festival, which started in 1919, showcases the beautiful blooms of Wenatchee Valley. It includes a carnival, a golf tournament, a food fair, multiple parades, and more."


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Don’t Ignore your Bathroom(s).

These are some of the most visited rooms in our home, but we tend NOT to pay as much attention to them as, say our kitchen, living room, or family room.  Maybe it is time to pay some mind to these frequently used portions of your castle.  You can devote as much money as you want toward remodeling, just make sure that it is done right the first time!

Here is a partial checklist to follow –

1.  Leave the plumbing where it is already located.
2.  Look for flooring alternatives.
3.  Consider putting in open shelves.
4.  Go to the light…pay attention to the lighting.
5.  Make sure the paint keeps the area bright and inviting.

There is a great master plumber in the Seattle area who is also very adept with refurbishing projects.  He is Snohomish area bathroom remodeling expert Shawn Allen.  Why not give him a call before you take the next step and share with him your hopes and dreams for the project?  His phone number is (425) 367-4744. 

Fireworks, Bobbleheads, Kids Opening Day among special events for Seattle Mariners 2018 season

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"The Seattle Mariners 2018 schedule features a variety of special events and promotions with four bobblehead giveaways, five postgame fireworks shows, four Bark at the Park nights, a special Kids Opening Day, and some of the unique, even quirky promotions Mariners fans have come to expect."

Thursday, March 15, 2018

My Garbage Disposal Stopped Working!

Little brings a kitchen to a screeching halt more than a broken garbage disposal.  Now you have a smelly mess and you need to keep running into the garage with bags of goo until the waste pick-up people come to your curbside.  When your disposal is on the fritz there are some things that you can try at home to fix it.

Some of those tactics are –

1.  Flip the switch.  Is there power going to the disposal?
2.  Unplug it for a few minutes, then plug it back in.
3.  It may be clogged.
4.  Reconnect the power and run water through the drain.

None of these methods may fix your problem, so then it is time to call a master plumber.  The right man for the job is Snohomish, WA garbage disposal repair and replacement professional Shawn Allen.  It seems like Shawn has been working on Seattle area garbage disposals since woolly mammoths were chewing up waste!  Give him a call at (425) 367-4744. 

2018 Washington Cask Beer Festival

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"Experience the artistry of craft brewing in the form of traditional cask-conditioned beer. The Washington Cask Beer Festival features one-of-a-kind handcrafted cask-conditioned beers from over 40 Washington breweries." 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Help…My Sink is under Water!

It starts out slowly.  Your kitchen or bathroom sink is not emptying at the same pace that it used to.  It seems to happen suddenly, now your sink is literally overflowing if you leave the faucet on for any length of time.  This situation is not only annoying it can result in a lot of damage to the floors below.

What are some DIY solutions to a clogged sink?

1.  Fill your sink with enough water to cover the rubber of a plunger.
2.  Now apply elbow grease and move the plunger up and down several times with gusto.
3.  See if the water is receding.  If not, try again.
4.  You might pour one cup of baking soda down the drain combined with a cup of vinegar.
5.  This solution will foam up, so don’t freak out.

For any major clogs in your home’s sinks call the plumber.  In Snohomish that man is Shawn Allen a master of unclogging sinks at your home or office.  Shawn has been a master plumber in Snohomish for decades.  When you have any plumbing need, especially emergencies rely on Shawn Allen your Seattle area plumber.  Call (425) 367-4744.

Dino Days - Burke Museum

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Saturday, March 3, 2018Sunday, March 4, 2018
10 AM – 5 PM
See hundreds of exciting dinosaur fossils and other prehistoric creatures from the Burke's collection!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Installing a Fiberglass Tub and Shower.

This is a great project for winter.  Imagine the hours of comfort and joy that you will derive from a brand-new shower and luxurious tub!  Hopefully, this is the year that you have decided to remodel your bathroom.  You certainly spend enough time in there.  Why not enjoy the experience to the fullest?

Here are some installation tips –

1.  In most cases, replace the shower valve while the wall framing is still exposed.
2.  Attach the overflow pipe to the tub prior to the installation.
3.  Apply putty to the threaded portion of the strainer.
4.  Install the trip lever from inside the tub.
5.  Very carefully set the tub into place against the wall studs.

There are many other steps.  It doesn’t seem like a DIY job does it?  It is, in fact one of the many talents of Snohomish master plumber Shawn Allen.  He is a Seattle area bath tub and shower installation expert.  Now that you have saved for the project, make it come to life by calling Shawn at (425) 367-4744.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Seattle Wine and Food Experience, Feb 22-24

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"This annual extravaganza of all things edible and drinkable is an ode to gluttony in three parts."  

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Look for that Leak.

This time of year, you may notice a tell-tale sign of water leaking into your home.  First of all, check your toilets.  Make sure that no valve is stuck then check your water heater.  Those cranky appliances have a way of slowly giving out as they age.  Then look at any and all appliances that have some sort of water connection.

Your first call might be to the utility company serving you in the Seattle area.  They are responsible if the meter needs to be repaired or replaced.  The great news is this…the utility company is responsible by law to reimburse you for any and all overages that you may have paid during the leakage.

When the problem occurs in your castle with the water line itself then you need a master plumber.  In Snohomish and the surrounding area that call should be made to Shawn Allen.  He will come to your home and either replace, repair, or re-route your water line.  For all general plumbing needs keep this number handy (425) 367-4744.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

America's Largest Antique & Collectible Show, Feb 3-4

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"The largest Antique & Collectible Show in the Puget Sound happens twice a year with 400 booths of all vintage items."

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.