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Decorating Tips for En-Suite Bathrooms

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En-suite bathrooms should be a continuation of your bedroom’s style. Just as your master bedroom is a relaxation retreat, your en-suite bathroom should feel like a haven of personal and private relaxation. Let Richardson Plumbing, serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, show you a few decorating tips to help you make your en-suite bathroom the best it can be.

Simplicity

Simple design choices are an easy way to make sure you feel relaxed every time you enter your bathroom. Clean lines, limited but pointed decorations, and an emphasis on space is a great way to capture a simplistic design. Choose tiles and backsplashes with interesting shapes and patterns, but limit your color palette to keep your bathroom from being too overwhelming.

Storage

Make your bathroom organized and uncluttered and put your mind at ease by installing cabinetry and storage areas that flow with your designs. Storage areas can be open or closed, in your line of sight, or hidden behind mirrors or doors. No matter which style of storage you choose, make sure you have enough storage for everything to have a place. Keep your bathroom organized to feel relaxed when you enter by not having to rummage around for the things that you need.

Freestanding Bathtub

Freestanding bathtubs are the peak of modern bathroom décor. In addition to lending beautiful modern lines and colors to your bathroom, freestanding bathtubs are great for relaxation. Choose interesting shapes like deep rectangles, ovals, and squares for a modern feel. In contrast, freestanding bathtubs can also add more traditional style and warmth to your bathroom. When you choose antique styled tubs, claw foot bathtubs, or copper bathtubs, other harsh modern designs in your bathroom will feel soft. Make your freestanding bathtub the focus of your bathroom’s décor for an awe-inspiring look.

Updated and Modern Appliances

Modern appliances are a great way to update your décor and save money on water costs. Many new appliances are water usage friendly and in addition to their sleek lines and shining appeal, products like low water faucets and low water toilets can help you save money. If you do not want a modern design in your bathroom, water saving mechanisms are available on appliances that will feel more simplistic and classic. Whatever style you choose, updated appliances will make your bathroom look exponentially better.

If you are ready to update your en-suite bathroom and create a beautiful and functional retreat, Richardson Plumbing of Florence, Kentucky can help. Whether you need major or minor upgrades to your bathroom, the experts at Richardson Plumbing can design and execute the perfect bathroom transformation. With our efficient installation, knowledge of required permits, A+ Business Accreditation from the BBB, and experience working on bathroom remodeling projects with both homeowners and other contractors, Richardson Plumbing is your best choice. If you need help designing the perfect layout or have questions about how we work, contact us today and let us help you begin your remodeling process.

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Common Plumbing Issues in Older or Historic Homes

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Older homes and historic homes have a lot of character and great design qualities. Sadly, having an older home can often come with a fair share of problems such as plumbing issues. Richardson Plumbing in Florence, Kentucky, proudly serving Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area, provides you with tips of what to look out for if you have an older house. Below is a list of common plumbing issues seen in older or historic homes.

Issues with Your Pipes

The problem with many older homes if that they were built using galvanized piping. Galvanized piping is steel piping covered for protection with layers of zinc. However, over time, this zinc erodes from the pipes causing the pipes to begin to deteriorate. This can lead to many problems because as the pipe corrodes, they are filled with sediments which block water flow. This problem can cause your water pressure to be lower and stop up your toilets and faucets. Some older homes also may have concrete or cast iron pipes if they are not galvanized. These can both lead to issues as well. Concrete does not deteriorate, but can shift under the foundation of your home. Cast iron does deteriorate and can eventually disappear.

Issues with Your Drains

As the Earth is always moving, this means that houses are always shifting and then settling on the ground. This can affect the pipes that are underneath all homes, especially older homes. As your home shifts over time, bellies can begin to form in your piping. Bellies are dips that form and over time, these can get worse and worse. Sediment and debris will start to settle inside these bellies, which can cause stoppages in your drains.

Other Issues

There are other components of your plumbing that can have issues as well, and if not properly maintained and regularly checked can lead to big problems in the future. These components are supply lines, faucets, angle stops, and shut-off valves as they all can age and eventually corrode. As these parts age, it is necessary for them to be replaced.

Professional Help in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati

If you are experiencing any of these issues or live in an older or historical home and want to get your plumbing checked out, then it is time to contact your favorite family-friendly company, Richardson Plumbing. We are located in Florence, Kentucky and have been proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati for close to 20 years. Our trained technicians can assist you with small plumbing repairs to bathroom of kitchen remodels. We also offer a 24-hour emergency service as well as senior citizen’s discounts. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and are dedicated to making sure that you have the best experience possible. Give your friends at Richardson Plumbing a call today!

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Do’s and Don’ts of Garbage Disposal Ownership

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If you have a garbage disposal in your home, then you know that it is a great addition to any kitchen and can make your life and household chores easier in various ways. However, there are a few rules when dealing with your garbage disposal. If you do not take proper care your garbage disposal, it can easily break down, clogging the drains and causing various other issues. Richardson Plumbing of Florence, KY serving Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati, provides you with all of the do’s and don’ts of garbage disposal ownership.

Garbage Disposal Do’s

  • Do keep your disposal clean. Regularly, pour a small amount of dish soap into it and let it run for a minute or so with some cold water.
  • Do run your garbage dispose regularly. By running it regularly, you are preventing rust and corrosion by keeping all the parts of it moving.
  • Do use cold water when grinding food waste. This will help solidify any grease or oils that may get into your disposal before they reach the trap.
  • Do grind certain hard materials every now and then. These materials can range from small chicken bones to egg shells. These particles help to clean the garbage disposal’s walls.
  • Do cut larger items into smaller pieces. Also, try placing them in the disposal and grinding them one at a time, rather than all together at the same time.

Garbage Disposal Don’ts

  • Don’t grind combustible items.
  • Don’t grind glass, metal, or plastic.
  • Don’t pour grease, oil, or fat into your drain or garbage disposal.
  • Don’t grind fibrous materials. These materials include celery stalks, onion skins, artichokes.
  • Don’t turn off the water until the grinding is completed.
  • Don’t put too much food down the disposal at once. Try to put food down one at a time with cold water running.
  • Don’t try to grind expandable foods in your garbage disposal. These foods include pasta and rice, as they can jam/clog your pipes.
  • Don’t put coffee ground downs your garbage disposal. They can begin to accumulate which can cause clogs.
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals in your garbage disposal. Chemicals like bleach and drain cleaners can damage your blades and pipes.

Professional Help in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati

However, if you still experience issues with your garbage disposal, then it is time to contact your favorite family-friendly company, Richardson Plumbing. We are located in Florence, Kentucky and have been proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati for close to 20 years. Our trained technicians can meet all of your needs from plumbing repairs to bathroom or kitchen remodels. We also offer a 24-hour emergency service as well as senior citizen’s discounts. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and are dedicated to providing you with the best possible experience. Don’t hesitate to call us today!

 

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Things to Consider When Installing a Basement Bathroom

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If you’re thinking about finishing your basement, just think about how much your property value will increase when it’s complete. It really pays off in the long run! Now you never have to hike all the way up the stairs when nature calls. Richardson Plumbing wants you to consider a few things before taking the “plunge” and installing a basement bathroom.

Basement Bathrooms

For someone that is just starting construction on their home, according to Home Construction Improvement, you should install drain lines below the basement in a gravity feed configuration, or install a sump chamber for a sewer pump. This doesn’t cost much to do, so if you do decide to install a basement bathroom in the future this shouldn’t be much of a financial hassle. On the flip side, renovating your home to install a basement bathroom is where it gets a little tricky. The location of your bathroom in this situation depends on where your plumbing drain lines are located. If your drain lines are located below the basement slab, then you can cut the slab, install the drain lines and then patch the slab back up. But if the drain lines exit above the basement, then a sewer pump will need to be installed in the basement.

Toilet Talk

Installing a toilet in your basement bathroom is a bit more complicated than you might imagine. According to Bob Vila, what works for the upstairs waste removal won’t work for the basement. In fact, the upstairs actually works against the waste flow for your basement bathroom. There are a couple of options for toilets to consider when deciding on which porcelain throne will perfectly fit your basement. Decide between upflushing toilet systems with a grinding feature, composting toilets, and sewage-ejector systems.

Bathroom Ventilation

Good ventilation is necessary in any bathroom, but it’s extremely important when talking about installing a basement bathroom. Mold and mildew issues happen in basements all the time because these spaces usually have very few windows or even none at all. Hot, steamy showers already create a lot of moisture, which is not ideal to have in a basement., so don’t skip on installing a bath exhaust fan for your basement bathroom. If you don’t, you’ll be stuck dealing with mold and mildew, and no one wants to deal with that! Not to mention, it can potentially ruin your home. Keep in mind that in this case, moisture is your mortal enemy!

We hope that you keep these things in mind when you go to work on installing a basement bathroom. At Richardson Plumbing, we’re proud to be your plumbers in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding area.

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Plumbing Tips for Landlords

If you have just begun renting out a home or apartment unit, as a landlord it is now your responsibility to deal with all plumbing issues your tenants may have. While basic plumbing is great for anyone to learn, some tasks may be too big to handle on your own. Let Richardson Plumbing, your best choice for emergency plumbing repairs in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas, give you a few plumbing tips for landlords.

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Learn the Basics

First and foremost, it is important that you educate yourself on the basics of plumbing and plumbing repairs. If you have never experienced your own plumbing issues, like unclogging a toilet of a clogged drain, it is almost guaranteed that you will face that issue as a landlord. To save yourself money, learn how to properly plunge a toilet and use a drain snake. Learning how to fix a leaky faucet and shower head is also a must. Doing these quick repairs by yourself will save you money and keep your tenants happy.

Have the Right Tools

Going along with learning the plumbing basics, it is important to have the right tools for your plumbing mishaps that will arise. Many renters will not have tools with them, even something as obvious as a plunger might be missing from their moving list. Consider keeping cleaning supplies, a plunger, and a drain snake on site at your property to avoid any hassle with small problems. For bigger issues, you may want to invest in a basic tool box for yourself with commonly damaged replacement parts, like toilet seats and o-rings.

Emergency Plumbing Repair

The day will eventually come when you have a plumbing emergency. A pipe bursts or freezes, the faucet stops working, water damage appears, etc. Winter is usually the time of the year for these surprise issues and it is important that you are prepared for the possibility of an emergency. Know where your water shutoff valve is located, know how to drain the remaining water in your system, and know how to deal with misplaced water in your home. While some emergencies you may be able to deal with yourself, this might not always be the case.  

Have a Trusty Plumber

When the plumbing issue at your property is too great for you to handle, having a plumber that you trust on hand is essential. Find a plumber who is available 24/7 for emergencies, is reliable, quick in response, and is someone that you trust. Meet with different plumbers and talk to them about their hours and rates, read reviews, and based on how you interact with them pick a plumber who you can develop a working relationship with.

At Richardson Plumbing, we want to be the trusted plumber you call when an emergency strikes. In addition to helping you with emergency situations 24/7, we can provide you with precautionary services to prevent emergencies from springing up. Proudly holding an A+ rating from the BBB, you can rest easy knowing that Richardson Plumbing will always be there for your tenants. Contact us today for any plumbing questions, concerns, or emergencies you have.

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Adding Personal Style to Your Kitchen Remodel

Richardson Plumbing has been a family owned and operated business in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas for fifteen years.  We service both residential and commercial plumbing and remodeling needs.  So if you are planning an overhaul of your kitchen, or are just thinking about it, let Richardson Plumbing help you add your personal style to your kitchen remodel project.  Call for an appointment today!

Kitchen Remodeling

At Richardson Plumbing, we’re not just plumbers. We can help with your kitchen remodel, too! Remodeling something as detailed as a kitchen can be a daunting task.  Just the sheer volume of choices is overwhelming.  This is the time for a professional, someone who can help you make good choices that will last and remain timeless but still reflect your own personal style.  You also need someone who can professionally install your plumbing choices while working with local agencies for permits and anything else you might need. DIY can be fun, but where plumbing is concerned, using a professional with a good reputation is the wise choice.

grey and white colored contemporary kitchen

 

Let’s Get Trendy

What’s new for the kitchen in 2017?  Gray, for one thing.  It’s the trendy new neutral color and it’s a great place to start. White cabinets are clean, classic and the latest in “what’s old is new again”. One new and fun thing is pet feeding stations in your cabinets.  Pull out drawers that hide your pet’s food bags and hold their food bowls.  Beverage centers are up and coming, including wine refrigerators and coffee stations.  Entertaining in the kitchen is back in style!

Let’s Get Personal

As we mentioned above, gray and white are the “in” colors for kitchens.  But if gray and white seem kind of bland and boring to you there are many ways to be unique while keeping your kitchen trendy and ripe for resale, just in case.  Adding paint in your favorite color as an accent is one way.  A unique light fixture or even your choice of countertops can give the kitchen your own personal style and touch.  Consider faucets that are functional for your needs but also show off who you are.  Are you shiny stainless steel, or maybe more of a brushed nickel kind of person?  The possibilities are nearly endless and just as exciting!

Whether you’re looking to update your kitchen just here and there or you need a full-on remodel, Richardson Plumbing can help.  Call today for your appointment to get started on the kitchen of your dreams!

 

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Bathroom Remodeling Trends in 2017

Bathroom Remodeling Trends

Many bathrooms seem dull and lifeless, generic in design and lacking a sense of design focus. Because bathrooms are used for a functional purpose, many of them are looked over when it comes to design and décor. Don’t let your bathroom fall into this boring category, make 2017 the year your bathroom shines. Let Richardson Plumbing, your best plumbing choice in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding area, show you some of the bathroom remodeling trends in 2017 to help you create the bathroom of your dreams.

Smart Storage

For a practical and beautiful way to boost your bathroom style, consider adding smart storage areas to your bathroom. A beautiful bathroom is one that is organized, a place for every towel, lipstick tube, and bottle of shampoo. Choose furniture that has lots of organized and smart storage so you feel relaxed knowing that everything that would normally litter your counter space now has a place. In addition to making your life easier with added organization for your possessions, storage is a great way to add character to a space. Open shelves give you opportunity for additional storage but also doubles to add personal touches to your bathroom, like pictures and small décor items that will tie everything together.

Freestanding Tubs

Freestanding bathtubs have been steadily growing in popularity for the last few years and it is not likely that this trend will go away any time soon. Freestanding tubs allow you to make your bathtub the focal point of your design. Surround the tub with marble or hardwood, or elevate the tub on a pedestal or platform to make your eyes drawn to the deviation. As far as the shape goes, anything that meets your aesthetic needs is best. Round, rectangular, circular, or oval, all shapes and sizes will work in a master bathroom design.

Natural Elements

Bring nature into your bathroom for a calming and organic vibe. While white bathrooms are still in trend, and will likely never fall out of style, incorporating natural textures and elements into your bathroom is an easy way to add some tranquility and warmth to your space. Hardwood floors, wooden cabinets, and woven wood shades are all great ways to incorporate this trend. If you are looking for a natural feel but on a smaller scale, consider wooden furnishings, like benches and towel bars, woven wooden baskets for towels and storage, and wooden planters with fake or real plants. These small elements will add a dash of organic serenity to your space or soften a harsh, modern look.

Bathroom Remodeling in Northern Kentucky

If you are ready to update your bathroom and turn your space into one that you love rather than one that you just ignore, contact the remodeling and plumbing experts at Richardson Plumbing today! Let our team of experienced professionals help with your bathroom remodeling project in Northern Kentucky from start to finish. Proudly holding an A+ rating from the BBB, you can rest easy knowing that your experience with Richardson Plumbing will be one you are entirely happy with.

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Tips For Common Winter Plumbing Problems

 

 

common winter plumbing problemsThe winter season brings great times with family and celebrations. However, the low temperatures and rises in the use of kitchens and hot water can bring many problems to your home that can be a hassle to deal with during the winter. Richardson Plumbing of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding area offers these tips to deal with some of the most common winter plumbing problems.

Grease & Food Clogged Drains

During this time of year especially, homeowners are usually cooking and eating more than any other time of the year. All of the family parties and celebrations also come with a lot more cooking. This increase in kitchen use leads to more grease and food particles ending up in your kitchen drain. The effects of this issue may go unnoticed for a little while, but will eventually end up in clogged drains and water pipes. To prevent this issue, try to avoid pouring any oils down the drain and decrease the amount of food you put in your garbage disposal.

Frozen Pipes

Another common issue during this winter season is frozen pipes. This occurs when you combine high water pressure with cold winter temperatures. This issue often goes undetected and can lead to pipe breakage as well. A good indicator of having frozen pipes is having light water pressure from your shower or sinks. To prevent this issue, you can insulate your pipes with wrapping and perform other maintenance to avoid these types of common winter plumbing problems.

 

Water Heater Failure

The last common winter plumbing problem is hot water heater failure. This occurs as the water that comes into the heater is colder, which can drop the temperature of all of the water. When this occurs, the water heater must work more to heat the colder water. Also, hot water usage is increased during this time of year, so the water heater is used more as well. To prevent this issue, it can be helpful to set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees and decrease your hot water usage as much as possible.

 

Professional Help For Common Winter Plumbing Problems

Although, we provided many tips for trying to prevent these issues, they are not all fail-safe. If you experience any of these issues during the winter season, then it is time to contact Richardson Plumbing. We have been serving the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area for close to 20 years. Our trained technicians can assist you with small plumbing repairs such as frozen pipes this winter season all the way to kitchen or bathroom remodels. We also offer 24-hour emergency service in case you experience an issue that just can’t wait. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and are also on Angie’s List. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any of your plumbing needs!

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The 411 on Framed Vs. Unframed Shower Doors

 

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If you are remodeling your bathroom, the decision of rather you should utilize a framed or frameless shower door is a big one to make because it will influence the entire feel of your bathroom. While frameless shower doors have become popular, framed doors are still an excellent choice, and it is still important to weigh the pros and cons of each of these styles so you can choose the perfect option for your home. Let Richardson Plumbing, offering bathroom remodeling in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas, show you the differences between these two shower door styles to make your decision easier.

Framed Shower Doors

Framed shower doors usually feature aluminum or composite frames that surround a thick sheet of textured or tempered glass. Frames can be coated in a metallic finish, like bronze or nickel, depending on the style that suits your décor. In addition to surrounding the sheet of glass, the frame is on the operable parts of the door and enclosure as well, like the joints, tracks, and top and bottom of the area. The sweeps and magnetic hardware keep the frame in a water-tight fir around the door, that prevents water from leaking onto the floor outside of the shower or bathtub enclosure. While there are many benefits to framed shower doors, like the customization and decorative glass options, the doors will only open outward which restricts layout options for your bathroom.

Frameless Shower Doors

Frameless shower doors and semi-framed doors, feature a sheet of tempered glass that is attached to a function point at either the bottom, top, or a side. Frameless shower doors give you a wider range of design options because the size of the door can be customized to meet any specific décor needs you have, like choosing rather the door will open inwards or outwards depending on the layout of your room. Frameless shower doors will not block the view of your tile work, are easy to clean because there are very few attached points, and will provide your bathroom with a modern, open feel. While frameless shower doors are aesthetically pleasing to many, the lack of frame can cause problems when it comes to sealing in water. Because there is no water tight seal at the bottom or sides of the door, it is very easy for these shower doors to leak and thus restricts where you can place the shower head.

If you have more questions about which type of shower door is right for you, contact Richardson Plumbing today. At Richardson Plumbing we can help you through your entire bathroom remodeling process, from choosing which shower door is right to ensuring that your remodeling process runs smoothly and efficiently. As a company that has been in business for over 20 years, a proud recipient of an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, and a member of Angie’s List, you can rest easy knowing that your bathroom remodeling project is being handled by some of the best.

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How To Cover A Water Stained Ceiling

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If you notice a water stained ceiling don’t dismay. Richardson Plumbing, offering plumbing repair in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas, can show you how to cover a water stained ceiling in just four easy steps.

1 Fix the Leak

Before you take any of these steps to cover your stain, you need to fix the leak that has caused the stain. If you have a water stain on your ceiling, something is wrong. Water stains on the ceiling can be a sign of many things like improper plumbing, holes in the roof or windows, or old caulking and it is important to find the source of the issue lest you cause even more damage to your home. Call a plumber, like the professionals at Richardson Plumbing, and have them check out the area to make sure the problem is nothing more than a leak. While a stain spot may not seem like a huge deal, it is incredibly important to determine what has caused your water leak. A persistent leak can cause a lot of damage to your drywall before it is even visible on your ceiling or wall. If the area where your stain resides feels spongy or exceedingly wet, and the stain has creeped down onto the wall, the drywall may need to be replaced to avoid further complications with mold.

2 Clean the Stain

After you have determined where your stain originates, the first step in covering or removing a water stain on the ceiling is to clean the area with a solution made up of three parts water and one part bleach. Before you clean, place a tarp on the ground beneath the stain so you don’t ruin any hardwood or carpet with the mixture. Wet a clean cloth with your solution and scrub any mold or dirt from the ceiling. Once the area is mold and dirt free, rinse the solution with warm water and dry the area thoroughly.

3 Primer

Before you can fully cover the now clean stain, you must prime your ceiling with a stain-blocking primer that is oil or water based so you can fully cover the spot. Apply the primer on the stain and in a large area around the stain so the color looks well blended.

4 Paint

Lastly, once the primer has dried, paint the area with your preferred ceiling paint color to match. Let the paint dry and if the stain is still visible apply another coat of paint until the spot is gone.

Fixing The Cause Of A Water Stained Ceiling!

If you have a water stained ceiling and you need to fix the cause, contact Richardson Plumbing today! Our team of trained technicians have been serving the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area for over 20 years and will gladly work around your schedule to help solve your plumbing problems. With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, and our Angie’s List membership, you can trust that you will be satisfied with our service.

 

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