Friday, May 15, 2020

What is Your Diagnosis?

Doctors are asked this question daily…so are plumbers, especially when the subject is your sewage system in your Seattle area home.  If you use your sink, toilet or tub only to find water backing up into your home, you are more than likely experiencing one of these three common sewer problems.

Potentially, they are –

1.  A blocked drain
2.  Lines that have cracked or even collapsed
3.  Tree roots have invaded the sewer line

Whichever of these three scenarios has caused the problem of backed-up drains, the solution in and around Seattle is Shawn Allen.  Shawn is the owner of a plumbing company located in Snohomish and is known throughout the area as “the Snohomish plumber”.  For backed-up drains and other plumbing emergencies call Shawn at (425) 367-4744.       

Friday, May 1, 2020

Efficiency and Results…Isn’t That What it’s all About?

Running a service-based business has a lot of advantages. You can help customers in your community, offer residential or commercial services, and you can choose to specialize in a certain area of business.  For instance, plumbers can choose to specialize in sewer repairs while offering a variety of other related services.

One of the hardest tasks for a business owner is to know when to hire someone else even if only part-time for certain jobs.  Bringing on someone else means that you’ll need a new approach and you must meet certain laws and regulations.  It’s difficult to grow a business, and for some owners, they never want to move past a one-man operation.

For several decades I have discovered that staying as a basic one-man operation is right for my community.  My name is Shawn Allen.  I am known by thousands as The Plumber of Snohomish WA, but I do serve the greater Seattle area.  I am here to help with plumbing issues that you have in your home or business.  Just give me a call at (425) 367-4744.    

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

When Did You Build a Swimming Pool in your Front Yard?

That’s no swimming pool, that’s a built-up pool of water formed from a potential broken pipe.  The two most common sources of the leak are 1.) The main service line between the shut off valve and the water meter…and…2.) your irrigation system.  You need a professional plumber to locate the exact source.

Water comes into your home from the city’s water main, through your water meter and then travels underground through the main service line to your home’s shutoff valve.  The water must be turned off the main valve.  Then, look for a metal lid on a concrete box near the curb.  Finally, read the meter for the leak.

Let the fun begin!  Your chosen plumber will then fix the problem to your satisfaction…guaranteed.  For that last part, in Snohomish and the Seattle area always call on the services of Shawn Allen.  For decades Shawn has been known as The Snohomish Plumber.  Just look him up, then call (425) 367-4744.       

Monday, April 6, 2020

Rub a Dub Dub…Your Family in a Tub.

Let’s start with one inveterate truth…installing a tub isn’t an easy do-it-yourself project because it involves working with a large, heavy object in a small space.  If you have any misgivings (or an epiphany of common sense!) about doing it, hire a plumber who has the experience to install it and the license to hook up the fixtures.

Here are a few steps that the very best of the DIY’S would take –

1.  Push the tub into the enclosure and mark the top of the flange on the wall studs.
2.  Measure and mark the location for the top of the ledger.
3.  Use coarse drywall screws to fasten the ledger board horizontally.

Really?  There is NO WAY that you want to tackle this!  Even then, where is the guarantee that the tub will not leak?  That is why you call Shawn.  He is Shawn Allen THE Snohomish and Seattle area plumber found on the web at  Call Shawn and he will have you rub-a-dub dubbing in no time.  That number is (425) 367-4744.      

Monday, March 16, 2020

Let’s See What’s Going on in There.

Since we can’t crawl inside a sewer line ourselves (who would want to) to inspect for clogs, plumbers need state-of-the-art video inspection equipment.  The plumbing camera is attached to a screen for real time visualization that can also be recorded.  Finding the root cause of the problem in a pipe or sewer system in a timely manner will greatly increase productivity.

Using a sewer camera to visualize problems will aid your plumbing pro in permanently fixing plumbing problems the first time they occur.  Knowing the specific nature of a plumbing problem will also help them better determine the most efficient way to deal with it, saving you time, effort, and money.

The man with the cam is Snohomish Plumber, Shawn Allen.  Shawn has been inspecting pipes and sewer lines around the Seattle area for decades.  He is ready to come to your home or office for expert video inspection that is causing your drains to clog.  Give Shawn a call for fast, reliable service at (425) 367-4744.      

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

St. Patrick’s Day free and cheap events

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"St. Patrick’s Day happens every March 17. Parades are usually held on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day (unless the holiday falls on Saturday, of course). Find a summary of the festivities around the Puget Sound region, followed by a calendar list of St. Patrick’s Day events for the current year."

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Was That You or the Dog?

Sometimes it’s neither.  The smell of gas, or the additive utility companies add to natural gas services, is a pretty sure sign that you may have a gas leak in your Seattle area home.  However, it is not the only sign. Area homeowners should be vigilant for other less noticeable clues.  Some gas leaks are slow enough to go unnoticed posing a real safety risk to your family!

So, what is a gas leak?  It may occur with natural gas, propane and even carbon monoxide.  Gas leaks can happen both inside and outside of your home and pose a great danger to families, pets, and properties.  For example, carbon monoxide is virtually undetectable without electronic detectors.

This is NOT something that you should ever leave to your own instincts!  To detect and safely repair a gas leak in the Seattle area you should call on the services of Shawn.  That’s Shawn Allen, the owner of Allen Plumbing.  He covers plumbing emergencies and much more out of Snohomish, WA.  Call Shawn anytime at (425) 367-4744.    

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Is Your Water Heater Wheezing?

It may not be doing that, but it may be at the end of its efficient life in your garage.  With 2020 well underway, have you thought about your water heater recently?  I’m sorry if you actually have, but this hard-working appliance that heats up your home’s water has a shelf-life of about 10-15 years.  How old is yours?

Let’s face it, the worst possible time to find out your water heater has died is when you are in the shower with a head full of shampoo.  Water heaters are often taken for granted and pushed well beyond their intended life spans. If you are aware of when a water heater is about to give up the ghost it will prevent icy showers and also save money at the same time!

That last part should get your attention.  If you invest in a newer more efficient water heater now you may save yourself discomfort and $$$ in the future.  Have your water heater checked and possibly replaced by Snohomish Plumber Shawn Allen.  Shawn solves water heater problems throughout the Seattle area.  Just give him a call at (425) 367-4744.   

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Boom…There Go the Pipes. Now We Really Have a Mess!

No one in the Seattle area wants to deal with the damages and expenses caused by burst pipes.  So, what causes these pipes to burst during the winter?  The basic answer is that the water coming into your house from the outside is colder than it was during the warmer months.  The cold water causes your pipes to contract and in weaker parts, can cause the pipe to burst.

Here are some tips in order to prevent disaster –

1.  On the coldest days keep your faucets dripping.
2.  Direct any warm air to colder areas of your home.
3.  Leave your cabinet doors open.
4.  Disconnect any hoses from outside spigots.
5.  Seal any leaks that allow cold air in.

Naturally, if you have any sign of burst (or about to burst) pipes in your Snohomish or Seattle area home call Shawn immediately.  Shawn Allen is our area’s plumbing professional and will minimize or even avoid the nightmare of burst pipes in your home.  Shawn is the Snohomish plumber you have trusted for decades.  Just call (425) 367-4744.  


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Spend a fun and romantic evening on the Water for Valentine’s Day 2020  

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Did you ever Try to Install a Sump Pump Blindfolded?

It’s a joke, of course.  No one would do that, but after nearly four decades of installing and maintaining them in Snohomish and the surrounding area you wouldn’t put it past Shawn Allen for being able to do that!  There is no need to challenge him…just know that if you are thinking of installing a sump pump Shawn is your man.

There are a variety of options for those that wish to install a sump pump in the Seattle area.  There are sump pumps, well pumps, and entire flood control systems available.  Which one is the best for your home may well be a collaborative decision between you and Shawn.

Why not call Snohomish plumber Shawn Allen for a visit to your home in the Seattle area to discover which one is right for you?  Shawn Allen has been doing plumbing repair, installation, and replacement for well over 35 years.  Give him a call today at (425) 367-4744.  And, don’t forget to call him for any plumbing emergency.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

It Doesn’t Always “Come with the Territory”.

When a business has been around for decades that does not necessarily mean that people who deal with them (in this case, him) have glowing things to say about them.  In the case of Snohomish, WA plumber Shawn Allen, however this is definitely the case!  Look at just a few of the comments that satisfied customers have made about his work.

Barbara says, “I had a water service emergency and Shawn was right there”.  Margaret was pleased to get same day service and owner Shawn Allen also took care of a couple of minor (plumbing) annoyances.  And then there is Linda who wrote, “I was so impressed that he was willing to help us first before he would need to come out”.

Owner Shawn Allen of Allen Plumbing IS the  He and his crew serve the greater Seattle area with fairly priced plumbing repair and troubleshooting.  It has been his passion to help for decades.  When you have a plumbing problem in 2020 train your vision on the Snohomish Plumber, Shawn Allen.  Just call (425) 367-4744.