Monday, August 12, 2019

Let’s Take a Look and See What’s in There.

If the proctologist says that, you are cringing as to what happens next!  When your friendly neighborhood sewer line inspector says that it means that he is going to get to the heart of the problem that you may be having on your property.  Both activities may be a necessity, but let’s talk about the latter.

The obvious purpose of a sewer camera is to be able to see what’s causing a blockage or backup within the sewer pipe itself.  The best part is that the inspector does NOT need to dig up the back yard like he did in the old days…or just guess as to where the problem is occurring.  You can avoid expensive repairs that may not have been needed in the first place.

Do you want to see this for yourself?  We invite you to visit the website of Snohomish, WA area plumber Shawn Allen at plumbersnohomish.com.  Please click on the video inspection tab and view the actual video to the right.  You will see the steps that Shawn takes to troubleshoot the problem.  Call him today at (425) 367-4744.

Get back-to-school ready at the Microsoft Store, Aug 24th

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"Join us as we share 10 tips & tricks students will love. From immersive reader to OneNote math assistant, student’s will learn how they can use Microsoft tools to help them become independent learners. Students will also receive free back-to-school supplies to kick off their new year."




Friday, August 2, 2019

YWCA’s School Days - Aug 26th

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"YWCA’s School Days is an annual back-to-school program that equips children and teens who live in our emergency shelters, transitional housing, or supportive housing with the school supplies they need to be successful at the start of the new school year." 



Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Cleaning a Sewer Line.

Go around the room sometime and ask everyone something they find repugnant.  Then, hit them with…how about cleaning out a sewer line?  I’ll bet that you get plenty of EWWWs!  Cleaning a sewer line is not only nasty business, it is absolutely necessary if you plan on continuing to live in your Seattle area home.

Here are some of the steps that your friendly sewer line cleaner will take –

1.  He will loosen the cap on the drain pipe.
2.  Then, open the cap and let the build-up drain out.
3.  Feed the auger cable into the pipe.
4.  Hose down the pipe.
5.  Then, slowly and skillfully pull the auger from the pipe.

Sounds like a good time, doesn’t it?  Of course not!  It is a routine job for professional sewer line cleaner Shawn Allen.  Shawn is the owner of Allen Plumbing located in Snohomish and serving the greater Seattle area.  He can be found on the web at plumbersnohomish.com.  Call Shawn and let him do the dirty work at (425) 367-4744.   

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Is It DIY or Isn’t It?

There are many jobs in our life that we tackle on our own.  We paint, we do minor repairs to our residence, maybe we are emboldened enough to work on our cars or even our plumbing.  Enter at your own risk!  If you make a mistake it could be costly, and yet we tackle challenging tasks quite often in the Seattle area.


Why should you hire a plumber?  Here are some reasons –

1.  He has the latest equipment
2.  The solution will more likely be permanent rather than temporary
3.  They can do a detailed diagnosis of the problem
4.  Pure and simple…they are professionals at what they do

Sometimes we may not give enough credence to that final point.  A professional plumber does the job right and guarantees the work when he is finished!  Just such a person is Shawn Allen of Allen Plumbing and found on the web at plumbersnohomish.com.  Make the right choice, call Shawn for your plumbing needs at (425) 367-4744.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

It all Comes Back to the Sewer Line.

All of your plumbing fixtures including the drains and pipes in your home are connected to the biggest (and most important) piece of plumbing in your entire home…the main sewer line.  Ranging from improper or repeated use of these fixtures, drains, and pipes and many other outside factors, the main sewer line can take a beating.

What are some of the common causes of a clogged sewer line?

1.  Severe damage to the pipes
2.  Sewer lines sag and sink over time with changing soil conditions
3.  Tree roots just keep growing and growing
4.  Too much debris flushed down the toilet
5.  Grease gets repeatedly poured down the drain

Maybe you thought those sewer lines were indestructible, but they definitely are NOT!  Sewer line repair and replacement tasks should always be performed by a certified, professional plumber.  In Snohomish and the greater Seattle area that man and that company is Shawn Allen owner of Allen Plumbing.  Don’t hesitate.  Call (425) 367-4744 today.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Eliminating the Leak.

Before you attack any leaky pipe in your Seattle area kitchen, examine the pipes underneath the sink to identify the culprit.  From the sink drain, the tailpipe leads into a P-trap; a pipe that resembles a "J." The P-trap leads into another pipe, which dumps into the waste line for the house.  If you're not sure which pipe leaks, you may have to replace them all.

Here are some of the steps in the replacement process –

1.  Place a bucket beneath the leaky pipes.
2.  Lay out the new pipes to see how they fit together.
3.  Start from the top and work your way down.
4.  Detach the large nut that secures the P-trap.
5.  Detach the other end and dump the contents into the bucket.

And on and on it goes.  Or just call Shawn Allen to do all of the bending and stretching and to do the job right the first time…guaranteed!  Shawn is known throughout the Snohomish and Seattle area as the go-to guy for plumbing repairs of all types.  Visit his website at plumbersnohomish.com then call (425) 367-4744.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Hiring the Right Plumber.

A plumber can come into your home and make or break your castle.  The wrong person for the job could wreak havoc and leave you with greater problems than before you called him.  You can’t afford to hire the wrong mechanic, the wrong surgeon, or the wrong plumber!  So, what do you do before you make that call?

Here are some steps –

1.  Have them produce their license.
2.  What will the total cost be?
3.  When is payment expected?
4.  You should know who is doing the work.
5.  What happens if something breaks?
6.  Who cleans up the mess when they are done?

Let’s see…check all of the boxes when you hire the services of Shawn Allen.  He has become known as the go-to guy for plumbing repair in Snohomish,Washington and throughout the Seattle area.  Whenever you have a plumbing problem you can call Shawn with confidence.  THE Snohomish plumber at (425) 367-4744.     

Monday, May 13, 2019

Is Installing a Kitchen Appliance a DIY Job?

I’m sure you would like to think it is.  If you are handy, then why not install your own refrigerator, dish washer, or garbage disposal?  Installing appliances takes a certain amount of know-how, but some people in the Seattle area are capable of tackling the task if they familiarize themselves with the process and follow it religiously.

Here are some steps –

1.  Make sure there is plenty of room in which to fit the new appliance.
2.  When the door swings open, does it hit something?
3.  Check the wattage so that you don’t overload the circuit.
4.  Shut off the water or the gas.
5.  Make sure that the newly installed appliance is level.

You COULD do it, I suppose, but why not spend a little and have complete peace of mind.  Call Shawn Allen the Snohomish plumber who has been serving the Seattle area’s plumbing needs for decades.  Installing new appliances is not a plumbing emergency.  Don’t turn it into one!  Call Shawn your trusted plumber in Snohomish at (425) 367-4744.     

Friday, May 3, 2019

I Love Living in the Woods.

There are times when having a lot of trees on your property is a beautiful thing, then there are the times when those tree roots infiltrate your sewer pipes resulting in potential disaster on your property.  Don’t assume that cutting down the trees will alleviate your problem.  Clay and cast iron are rarely used these days because of those loose-fitting joints that tree roots can penetrate.

Here are some steps that may need to be taken –

1.  Digging up the old line and replacing it with plastic
2.  Poisoning the old tree roots that are causing the problem
3.  Covering the existing pipe with plastic fabric and cement

Do you have the equipment, the expertise, and the basic knowledge to do all of this safely and completely?  Shawn Allen does!  Shawn is your Snohomish full-service plumbing professional.  Sewer repair is just one of the many services that he provides in the Seattle area.  Contact Snohomish plumber Shawn Allen at (425) 367-4744.   

Monday, April 15, 2019

Spring Rains Could Cause Sump Pump Failures.

Yes, even here in the Seattle whenever it rains (statistics show that spring is NOT our rainiest time of year) sump pumps are in jeopardy of failing.  With over-saturated soil, repeated showers with little interval between them cause problems.  It is a simple equation…more water with nowhere to go equals hard work for your sump pump.

Just one good spring rain can cause your sump pump to fail if it hasn’t been serviced and maintained properly.  Sump pumps need to be checked regularly—usually once in the spring and once in the winter.  If you don’t have your sump pump checked at least once a year, you may need to be ready to handle residual damage to your home!

By the way, we have not even addressed the fact that you simply need a new one.  Whether it’s repair, a check-up, or a replacement the sump pump pro in Snohomish is Shawn Allen.  Shawn is THE Snohomish plumber serving the surrounding Seattle area.  Just give Shawn a call any time to check out your sump pump at (425) 367-4744.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Sewer Cleaning…How Much do you Want to Know?

The very thought of cleaning a sewer can send some people into nausea.  It is one of those unpleasant tasks that people ACTUALLY train to do.  Since one of those people is not you it is important to know that an abundance of unscrupulous entrepreneurs in the sewer and drain-cleaning business has led to an all-time low in trustworthiness for the industry!

Here are some tips to avoid unnecessary service –

1.  Spot the wrong questions so you are not preyed upon as an elderly person.
2.  Beware of those traveling in pairs playing “good cop…bad cop”.
3.  Make sure that watching a video inspection is really done live on YOUR property.
4.  Do a little research on the sewer cleaner that you hire.

How does over four decades of expertise in the field of sewer cleaning sound?  That is what Shawn Allen of plumbersnohomish.com brings to the table!  Shawn has been up to his knees in (you know what) more times than he can count, and YOU can count on him.  For honest sewer cleaning in the Seattle area call Shawn at (425) 367-4744.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Find that Leak…Find that Leak.

There are few things more annoying in your life than seeing leaks in your home and not knowing where they are coming from.  The best way to determine if you have a leak in your home’s plumbing system, is check your water meter.  Some folks in the Seattle area may not know where their water meter is located.

Here are some steps –

1.  Check the leak indicator to make sure it is moving
2.  Read the meter, then go back in a couple of hours and read it again
3.  Shut off the main water valve
4.  Call a plumber

Let’s face it…that last option may well be the best!  The right plumber for the job of detecting and fixing leaks in the Seattle area is Snohomish plumber Shawn Allen.  He has been around a long time checking for leaks in our homes.  He knows how to quickly find them and STOP them.  Give Shawn Allen a call at (425) 367-4744.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

St Patrick’s Day in Seattle

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"St Patrick’s Day in Seattle invites everybody to be Irish for the day. Unlike parades in other American cities, the Seattle St Patrick’s Day parade welcomes the public to participate in the procession."
 
 
 


Monday, March 4, 2019

How Many Plumbers Do You Need on the Job?

Have you ever thought about that?  When you call a plumber for an emergency how many people show up at your home to repair the problem?  Unless someone is studying as an apprentice the answer almost always is one.  Yes, one plumber will almost always be able to achieve the results you seek.

If a plumbing company has 25 plumbers working for it that rarely does you any good.  Perhaps you should look at it this way…if, for any reason, you have questions for the plumber who shows up to repair that leak, replace your water heater, unclog your drain(s), etc. he is the court of last resort.  You won’t hear…let me ask the boss and get back to you!

That is the luxury of hiring Shawn Allen.  Shawn is a sole-proprietor plumber out of Snohomish, WA serving any and all plumbing needs in the Seattle Metro.  When a plumbing problem arises at your castle or at your business remember his name.  It is Shawn Allen The Snohomish plumber at (425) 367-4744.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Dig…Dig…Dig a Well.

Here is an interesting fact.  About 97% of our fresh water supply is hidden beneath the Earth’s surface in underground aquifers.  There are over fifteen million water wells in America.  Why have a well?  Well, (no pun intended) it is a great source of fresh, clean drinking and bathing water for the residents of that property.

There are three commonly seen wells in the U.S.  They are –


1.  Old wells that are seen in some rural areas often protected by a home-made roof
2.  Drilled wells.  These are the most common using a machine
3.  Driven wells.  They consist of a special perforated pipe that is pounded into the ground

Digging a new, efficient well is one of the talents of veteran Snohomish and Seattle area plumber Shawn Allen.  Shawn has been digging wells since there were holes…well, not really.  Shawn Allen has served all of the plumbing needs of the Seattle area for more than four decades.  Call anytime day or night at (425) 367-4744.

Monday, February 4, 2019

A Plan for Bathroom Remodeling.

Wintertime is a great time in the Snohomish and Seattle area to consider remodeling one or more of your home’s bathrooms.  Start with this premise…there are hundreds of ideas!  Is it a stand-alone shower or tub you are looking for?  Perhaps it’s a tub shower combination?  Maybe a single sink or double vanity?  How about a hanging toilet or pedestal?

These are many of the questions and considerations that go into bringing your new bathroom design to life.  The best bathroom design ideas require close attention to detail and quality workmanship.  Discuss your dreams and options with a professional bathroom remodeling expert in the Seattle area before you proceed.

Shawn Allen has helped with bathroom design and installation for decades.  This is the guy to rely on for the installation of fixtures.  While he is located in Snohomish, he travels around the Seattle Metro.  Bring your dreams to reality and let Shawn help!  Give Shawn Allen a call to come to your home at (425) 367-4744.

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.