Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Visual Inspection of a Sewer System.

This can be tricky, and it demands that a professional plumber do the inspecting.  You may be having your own system being inspected, or you are in the market to buy a Seattle area home from someone else and you want to make sure that the sewage system is in perfect working order.  Anything else could be financially devastating!

Here are some things that can be missed –

1.  Partially blocked sewer lines may be missed in their importance.
2.  A cracked heat exchanger.
3.  Hidden electrical problems.
4.  Nearly unnoticeable leaks.

If you are going to have a visual inspection done on a home in the Seattle area why not call someone who has done this type of work for decades?  Shawn Allen, a Snohomish plumber knows the ins and outs of our area’s sewer systems.  He is even proud of that fact!  When you need a sewer inspection call Shawn at (425) 367-4744.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


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"A nice 5 or 10k run the morning of Thanksgiving.  Lucky for you there are a ton of these fun runs to pick from."

Monday, November 5, 2018

Okay Guys, on to the Next Project.

Have you ever hired a plumbing company that was just too big for the job?  They say in their advertising that they do all jobs large and small, but when they show up at your home they seem like they are just sleepwalking through the job.  That does not install great confidence and comfort in the final effort!

Satisfaction is a term that is thrown around a lot these days .  We are bombarded by ads that say “we guarantee your satisfaction 100%”.  It makes for a good-looking advertisement, but it does not always translate into the job itself.  In the plumbing industry, satisfaction should never be used lightly.

Shawn Allen of Snohomish Washington has dedicated his decades of service to the Seattle area on three principles…reliability, integrity, and satisfaction.  To be around this long in a competitive environment means that you must devote your full attention to all three.  For your next plumbing job call Shawn of Allen Plumbing at (425) 367-4744.

Discounts, free stuff, and events for Veteran’s Day

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Here’s a list of Veteran’s Day events, including a long list of discounts and free stuff for active military and veterans at restaurants and retailers in Seattle and around the Puget Sound region.

Monday, October 15, 2018


Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, or moral uprightness. It is a personal choice to hold one's self to consistent standards.  That is the dictionary definition of the word according to Wikipedia.  As it pertains to ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions.

Simply put, integrity is the opposite of hypocrisy.  We understand the word, it’s just that it has been misused so often these days that it is losing its meaning.  Your lawyer, your auto mechanic, your doctor, your landscaper, even your plumber should exude this trait.  If they don’t, then how can you possibly trust them?

Integrity is a word that Snohomish WA, plumber Shawn Allen takes very seriously.  It has been his benchmark in the Seattle area for more than four decades.  It is a trait that he will never lose.  When he quotes a plumbing job at your home or business you can count on it!  For your next plumbing emergency call Shawn at (425) 367-4744.

Take a walk on the dark side!

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Dare TWO haunted houses for a full night of fright! Both Shadows and The Redemption each have their own style and story to appeal to just about anyone.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Getting to the Root of the Problem.

It is a good lesson in life and in plumbing.  Video inspection by a licensed, trained, professional plumber may be exactly what is needed to discover what is causing water to back-up in your home.  Roots from fallen or overgrown trees can and will intrude on your plumbing.  They are often the cause of damaged or misaligned pipes.

Proper sewer line inspection includes –

1.  A complete look at the damaged lines beneath your property.
2.  The point where a repair is needed is more easily found.
3.  It’s always safety first when using video.
4.  It shows that the new pipe is working efficiently.

All of this is done by our Snohomish and Seattle area plumbing professional Shawn Allen.  Shawn has been around for decades and as the technology has improved he has stayed on the cutting edge.  If your home has clogged pipes call Shawn right away to come out to your home for a video inspection.  That phone number is (425) 367-4744. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

What is a Grinder Pump?

You may be familiar with it…possibly not.  A grinder pump is a conveyance device for wastewater.  Water from such appliances as dishwashers, toilets, bathtubs, etc. flows through the home’s pipes into the grinder pump’s holding tank.  Once a certain level of water is reached the pump engages and grinds the waste sending it to the main sewer system or septic tank.

Obviously, this is where things can go wrong and leave you, the homeowner with a real mess!  Grinder pumps can be installed in the basement or in the yard.  If they are installed in the yard, the holding tank must be buried deep enough that the pump and sewage pipes are below any possible frost line.  Grinder pumps are either semi-positive displacement or centrifugal.

Knowing the ins and outs of a grinder pump is probably insignificant for a Seattle area homeowner.  What is essential is knowing whom to call to fix yours.  That man is Shawn Allen, a Snohomish, WA plumbing professional who knows his way around sump pumps, grinder pumps, etc.  If you are having trouble with your pump call Shawn at (425) 367-4744.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

An Incredible Feast, Sept 23rd

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"This extremely popular annual fundraiser features over fifteen of Seattle’s best and most innovative chefs, paired with market farmers to create an incredible feast of unique and delicious bites, showcasing fresh farm ingredients. PLUS: local breweries, wineries, lovely music, carnival style games and a fabulous silent auction."



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Cleaning Commercial Drains.

For commercial property owners, drain cleaning and plumbing upkeep is not something the average person thinks about every day, and it can be easy to neglect simply out of a lack of urgency; that is, until clogs or similar major plumbing problems occur.  Prevention is always the best way to handle commercial plumbing.

Let’s face it, it can be a real pain to deal with this kind of care as frequently as, perhaps commercial plumbers would recommend.  While not all plumbing disasters can be avoided through preventative care, here is a tip…have your drains cleaned on a regular monthly schedule.  We have found that to be a happy mix.

The job of drain cleaning in businesses around Seattle and Snohomish should be left to plumbing professional Shawn Allen.  Shawn is the owner of Allen Plumbing.  He has been cleaning commercial drains in our area for more than 40 years.  Call ahead to have Shawn come out to your business (425) 367-4744.    

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

Do You Need to Replace Your Sewer Line?

Nobody looks forward to it, of course, but many residents of Snohomish and the Seattle area will be faced with it sooner or later.  Tree roots often invade and clog broken sewer lines. It has been said that copper sulfate, available from plumbers repels roots.  While this may only be a temporary fix, it can buy time before extensive work is required.

Have you looked at your homeowner’s insurance policy?  They generally EXCLUDE sewer line replacements.  If you are looking at a sewer line endorsement to your policy, it may cost you about $100 per year.  Depending on your family’s situation this may be a viable alternative worth looking into.

When and if that time comes the right man to call will be Shawn Allen.  For decades, as the owner of Allen Plumbing, he has repaired and replaced sewer lines in Snohomish and the surrounding area.  Whenever you have a plumbing need in the Seattle area call Shawn at this phone number first (425) 367-4744. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

2018-19 School Year Calendar for Seattle

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In case you didn't know - "Students are released 75 minutes early every Wednesday, except for the first day of school. This is to support improved teacher collaboration and student academic performance."

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Hang on Mom and Dad…It’s Almost Over.

Yes, summer is winding down and the kids will be back in school in a month.  In the meantime, they may be pouring anything and everything down the sink and your garbage disposal is getting quite a workout.  Fixing a cranky garbage disposal by yourself may not only be an exercise in futility, but downright dangerous!

Here are some signs when you should be calling a plumber

1.  You turn it on, but there is no noise.  It may be shot.
2.  Water is leaking from the disposal.
3.  It is draining at a glacial pace.
4.  Something is blocking the flywheel.

There are others, but these are just some signs that it is time to call in a pro.  In Snohomish and the Seattle area that man is Shawn Allen of Allen Plumbing.  He will fix or replace your dying disposal quickly and efficiently…guaranteed.  Call Shawn.  He has decades of experience with Snohomish area plumbing problems.  His phone number is (425) 367-4744. 

KicKee Pants "Back to School" Summer Sample & Clearance Sale

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"KicKee Pants is excited to announce our first ever "Back to School" Summer Sample and Clearance Sale on Saturday, August 11, 2018."

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 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  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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