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How to Keep Your Bathroom Smelling Beautiful

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Unpleasant aromas permeating from the bathroom can cause you to feel sour. However, the bathroom doesn’t have to smell badly, and it can actually have a fabulous scent. If you are worried that your bathroom is harboring a foul odor, you do not have to live with it. Richardson plumbing can help you get your bathroom back to smelling like new.

There are several techniques that can help rid your bathroom of terrible smells. Make sure to utilize the ventilation fan. The exhaust system can not only eliminate odors, but moisture as well. Excess moisture can accumulate from hot showers and can lead to the growth of stinky mildew and mold. Desiccants are also capable of absorbing moisture. If you are interested in this option, you just need to place a bowl full of silica gel in your bathroom. If you would prefer natural desiccants instead, you can use plants to purify the air. Plants can be a useful addition as well as a stylish element for your bathroom. Eucalyptus, orchids, palm tree plants, and lilies are some of the finest choices. Masking the smell with air fresheners is another solution. While this will not remove odor, it will do a good job of covering it up. You can buy some from the store, or create a unique concoction catered to what scents you like best. Essential oils are available in a variety of fragrances and can be used to make your own air fresheners.

Cleanliness is the best way to keep your bathroom smelling fresh. Routinely cleaning the toilet tank can prevent a stench similar to urine. To clean, you simply need to add white vinegar to the tank and scrub. When you are finished make sure to flush, and, for good measure, repeat the process once or twice. A blend of vinegar and baking soda is a great deodorizer and cleanser for the toilet bowl. An alternative is to create a paste composed of baking soda and lemon juice; this can be applied to any area you wish to clean. Once the paste has been sitting for ten minutes, spray the surface with white vinegar. The paste will bubble and then you can wipe it away.

There are other ways to minimize odor in your bathroom. Towels, bath mats and other absorbent material should be kept dry and cleaned often. The fabric can hold odors, so regular washing is recommended. Another tip is to keep the toilet lid closed. This will trap any odors within the toilet. The caulk in your bathroom may be the cause of an odor, so it can be a good idea to re-caulk your tiles, bathtub, and shower. You should also regularly take out the trash in your bathroom. Keep an eye out for mold around pipes and fixtures, as moisture may cause mold growth.

If a horrible odor remains after trying various methods, it may be time to rely on professionals for help. At Richardson Plumbing, we are experts in correcting any plumbing issues that may arise. We can assist in making sure your bathroom has a pleasant aroma. Richardson Plumbing is located in Florence, KY and provides service to Northern KY and Cincinnati.

 

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Keeping an Eye on Mold Growth in Your Bathroom

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No one wants to hear those three dreadful words, “You have mold.” Mold is not a friendly guest. To make sure you never hear that phrase you should always keep an eye on mold growth in your bathroom. Your family will thank you for it. At Richardson Plumbing we specialize in bathroom repair and maintenance. We want to be sure you and your family know what the signs of mold are and what can happen if you do get mold so that you can strive to prevent it. With a wet and hot environment mold can easily grow, but if you keep an eye on it, it doesn’t have to. We are proud to be located in Florence, KY and we are honored to be serving Northern KY and Cincinnati as well.

Hold the Mold Please!

The best way to be mold free in your bathroom is to be knowledgeable about mold and how it works. There can be many signs of mold and the faster you handle them you are less likely to have a continuous problem. When keeping an eye on mold growth in your bathroom you don’t only have to use your eyes, you can and should also use your nose! Mold has a very distinctive smell. Have you ever walked in an older home that has been vacant for a while? It smells “old” but usually the real culprit is mold. Your bathroom can be a potential breeding ground for several reasons. For one, condensation happens all the time when you shower. The condensation can get trapped in the bathroom’s walls since the air can’t hold all of the moisture itself. Be on the lookout for signs of water in your walls.

Another way mold can creep into your bathroom is flooding or leaking. Be sure to keep an eye on any area where your toilet may have leaked. This could mean that you may have a busted pipe around your toilet. Don’t worry, our trained professional plumbers at Richardson Plumbing can fix any leaky pipe in your home!

Unfortunately, we can’t keep mold from growing in your home, but you can. Overflowing toilets, floods in your home, and the water you leave on the floor from getting out of the shower can all contribute to mold growth. Be sure to wipe up any water that might be left on your floor as you see it. Mold has a very distinctive look. Check for small dark spots, as they are likely mold. Just because they are small does not mean they are not dangerous. When keeping an eye on mold, check for any loose tile you may have in your bathroom. Loose tile can be a breeding ground for mold. To avoid that, fix the tile as soon as possible.

Our customers are our top priority. We want you and your family to have a mold free bathroom and to be able to identify the early warning signs of it. Keeping up with your bathroom cleaning and maintenance will help everyone in your household safe!

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Maintaining Your Bathroom’s Tile

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Cleaning and maintaining your home is a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. While some people actually love to vacuum, have you ever met someone that loved to clean their bathroom? Probably not, in fact the bathroom is one of the most hated rooms to clean. That is why Richardson Plumbing wants to give you information you need in maintaining your bathroom’s tile so you never have to dread cleaning it. We want you to be able to protect your bathroom’s tile and keep it looking as new as the day you had it installed. So stop by to see what we are about! We are located in Florence, KY and proudly serve Northern, KY and Greater Cincinnati areas.

Don’t Skip a Tile!

Once again, bathrooms are not fun to clean but it is important to clean them before you can even tell they are dirty. Once you actually start to notice that your bathroom is looking grimy, you are likely saddled with quite a chore. With that being said, since you don’t enjoy the cleaning process you might want to get it over with as soon as possible correct? Don’t. When you rush while cleaning, you are bound to miss a few areas unintentionally. Take your time: you will benefit from it in the long run.

No matter the pattern of your tile whether it be boarders key, multiple tiles, or a simple one tile pattern, you can maintain the beauty in them with similar techniques. For one, do not try to clean your tile with your normal body soap. Your shower may smell and appear to be clean immediately after doing so, but when you look at it the next day all you will see is soap residue. Instead save an old spray bottle or purchase an inexpensive one to use for keeping your tile looking great. Fill the bottle halfway with heavy duty cleaning solution and then fill the rest up with warm or hot water. After you shower spray your tile down and wipe clean with a squeegee. The reason you want to wipe your tile down with something soft like a squeegee is simple. You should never use anything with rough bristle or made out of any wire cleaning material. If you were to use this, your bathroom tile can show some wear. Scratches will be more and more abundant with these type of materials, so stick to softer materials and instruments. Also, we must let you know not to use bleach on your tile. Yes, bleach is the ultimate cleaning and disinfecting agent loved by all homeowners but this can damage your tile in the long run by stripping the beautiful finish on them.

At Richardson Plumbing, we care about our customers’ bathrooms, from their shower heads all the way down to their tile, so we want to make sure you are getting the most out of your home’s bathrooms.

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How to Make Your Bathroom More Luxurious

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Bathrooms are a relaxing environment and should make everyone that walks in them feel calm and soothed. This can be accomplished by hanging the perfect shower curtain, splurging on those expensive yet soft bathroom towels, and small decorative pieces like a candle or tropical plant. Notice something missing? There was no mention of remodeling, reconstruction, or changing your preexisting fixtures! At Richardson Plumbing, we enjoy remodeling every aspect of your bathroom to include hardware, and are here to help if you think your bathroom needs that extra step in order to make it truly luxurious. We are located in Florence, KY and have the great pleasure of serving Northern KY and Greater Cincinnati. With nearly 20 years of experience, we exceed our customer’s expectations with high quality service and knowledgeable professionals who are here to help you with all of your plumbing needs.

Luxury in Small Spaces

It is not hard to turn a small space into a luxurious space. The thing is, bathrooms are just as important in home design as any other area in your home. Richardson Plumbing will take on any remodel of your bathroom, big or small. Want to knock down that wall to your closet to make it smaller and your bathroom larger? Perfect! Our trained professionals love getting their hands dirty with reconstruction. Let’s update all of your outdated bathroom features. Adding some tile is a simple way to make your bathroom feel truly contemporary. This will also make your bathroom more visually attractive along with giving you easy cleaning options. Those tiles look great on your floor, but can can also make a great accent on the wall of your shower, or as a backsplash over your sink or tub.

To accommodate all of your bathroom remodeling needs, we have the appropriate skilled professionals for the job. The state of your shower can be the determining factor in how luxurious your bathroom appears. That gold trimming on your shower door was okay about 15 or even 20 years ago, but now it’s all about being sleek. Tall glass shower doors will make an amazing focal point when you walk into your new and updated bathroom. So even if you don’t have the biggest bathroom, the clear glass will provide a sense of depth. Since we are on the subject of showers, having a plumbing system that is ready to deliver is a big deal. That is why all of our plumbing and sewer repairs are always up to code.

Having a luxurious bathroom is not only about the design of the toothbrush holder and matching mat, but more about what the bathroom is made of. Let the professionals at Richardson Plumbing make your bathroom the best around!

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How to Keep Your Toilet Looking Like New

How to Keep Your Toilet Looking Like New

The bathroom may not be the most glamourous room in your home but it should be kept clean to look and feel sanitary. One of the main components of a clean restroom is a clean and new looking toilet. You want your guests to feel comfortable when using your restroom. If your toilet looks old, rusted or unhygienic they may become hesitant to use it. It is important for your restroom and toilet to look nice not only for you and your family but also potential house guests. At Richardson Plumbing we are always looking for new ways to bring convenience to our customers which is why we have provided a few tips to help keep your toilet looking like new.

The first thing to remember when making your toilet appear new and fresh is to keep it clean. This means cleaning it often.  Part water and part vinegar mixtures are a great and easy way to leave your toilet with a sparkle. Baking soda also cleans and deodorizes your toilet efficiently. Both of these mixtures work well for the inside and the outside of your toilet. By removing rust stains and rings around the toilet bowl you will make your toilet look new. To remove rust, try scrubbing vigorously to the inside of the toilet bowl with hydrogen peroxide for a couple of minutes. Make sure you are using the correct toilet bowl brush. Purchasing a sturdy and easier to use brush is the way to go.

If you have been scrubbing and cleaning and you find your toilet does not look sparkling it may be time to replace it altogether especially if it also has scratches or cracks. Scratches in the toilet bowl will become harder to maintain as time goes by and they get larger. A toilet with many scratches should be replaced to save you time and money with maintenance in the long run.  If your toilet has cracks it does not only look unattractive and old but it can also result in a huge mess such as leaking. If your toilet is older, it most likely does not have the advancements that a newer model has. Newer style toilets are made differently to ensure complete simplicity and comfort.  If you are wanting your toilet to look new, you may need to replace it.

At Richardson Plumbing we are family owned and operated and proudly service Northern KY and Cincinnati. Our professionals are experienced and friendly. We pride ourselves on our many word of mouth referrals and excellent reviews. Call today to allow our experts to help with all of your plumbing needs and give you the best customer service experience!

 

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When Is the Best Time to Replace Your Toilet?

When Is the Best Time to Replace Your Toilet?

The toilet is used daily but is often overlooked when remodeling or updating different parts of your home. Richardson Plumbing will provide you with a guide to know when it is time to replace your toilet.

Your Toilet Isn’t Working Properly

The first and most obvious reason to replace your toilet is if it is not working properly or if it requires too many repairs. If it needs to be fixed often or if you are frequently replacing parts it is time to replace it. If you weigh out the costs of continuous repairs and a new toilet you will usually find is it more cost effective to replace your toilet altogether. If it toilet requires plunging more than one time per week it may be time to replace it. Plunging and consistently fussing over your toilet can become a nuisance. If plunging it has become a daily or weekly aggravation it is time to replace your toilet.

It Is Cracked

If your toilet has scratches or cracks it may be time to replace it. Scratches in the toilet bowl will become harder and harder to maintain as they get larger. Many people find themselves scrubbing their toilets daily and finding they still don’t look clean. A toilet with many scratches should be replaced to save you time and money with maintenance. If your toilet has cracks it does not only look unattractive but it can also result in a huge mess. Cracks can lead to serious damage causing leaks. It is best to replace your cracked toilet before it breaks and becomes a bigger issue. If the location of the crack is in the actual toilet bowl, it is not quite as urgent but you should definitely keep an eye on it.

It Is Raising Your Water Bill

Sometimes your toilet can be the culprit for a high water bill. If you notice your water bill is high and it is not due to a pipe leak it may be time to replace your it. If you do not already have a low flush toilet you may want to replace your existing toilet to save water and money.

It Is Outdated

Your toilet should be comfortable and look nice as well. Let’s face it: the bathroom is not the most elegant of rooms in your home but it should look nice and sanitary. If your toilet does not look clean or up to date that is reason enough to replace it. While entertaining guests or simply having a few friends over you want them to feel comfortable using your restroom. If the toilet looks old or grimy someone may be hesitant to use it. Since you spend some time throughout the day in your bathroom you want to make it cozy. If your toilet is older, it most likely does not have the bells and whistles a newer model has. Newer styles are made differently to ensure complete convenience and comfort. Elongated bowls are available to make the seat easier to sit on and with different designs you have the option to have a higher or lower sitting toilet. This is great for people who have difficulty sitting or standing.

Call Richardson Plumbing today to replace your toilet! Our staff are friendly, knowledgeable and honest to give you the best possible experience.

 

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How to Make Your Bathroom Safer for Children and the Elderly

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When thinking about the way your bathroom is set up, one of the most important characteristics to consider is bathroom safety. Every family member and every potential guest should be accounted for. Children can easily open cabinets and get into hazardous chemicals. The elderly are likely to fall getting into a bath tub or slip in a shower. Making your bathroom safe is an easy task with these simple installations.

For children the main aspect of safety is control and keeping potentially dangerous items out of reach. Children are curious, and whether you have your own kids or you have house guests with kids, it is important to keep hazardous materials out of their grasp. For example if you are storing toxic cleaning supplies it is essential to keep a child proof lock of the cabinet door. Another way to safely control your bathroom is by installing a separate lock on the outside of the bathroom above a child’s reach. This will prevent young children from going into the bathroom alone. While bathing your child it is crucial to take the proper safety measures inside the bath tub. A great way to prevent scalding is to set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees. Children can sometimes get rowdy while splashing in their bubble bath. Installing the proper gear such as faucet cover will protect your child from bumping their head or busting their chin on the faucet. Children can sometimes be clumsy which is why rubber bath mats or bath tub decals are an excellent way to prevent falls. Bath mats keep all members of your family safe.

When an elderly person falls and slips it can be life threatening. For fragile bones a small fall can be a huge deal. It is important to keep the elderly safe in the shower or tub by placing bath mats or tub decals. A small addition such as a bath mat could possibly save a life. Many elderly people do not like to ask for help, and like to have their freedom and be able to do things on their own. Another great way to add safety to your shower or bath tub is to install grab bars. They make your bath tub or shower accessible and easy to use. Taking a bath will not be a dangerous or difficult task. A grab bar is also helpful near the toilet for individuals that may have difficulty standing or sitting. Grab bars do not look institutional nowadays. They are made to accommodate your needs and also look fashionable.

At Richardson Plumbing we want to look out for the safety of each individual in your home. It is our priority to add comfort, safety and sophistication to your home. We will make sure you are completely satisfied in your home installations. We proudly service Northern KY and Cincinnati. Please call today for a free in home consultation and make sure your bathroom is safe and accessible for everyone.

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Should You Install a Bidet in Your Home?

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Have you thought about installing a bidet in your home? It’s not likely that you have. In fact, here in the United States, it’s unlikely that you’ve ever even encountered a bidet, let alone thought about getting one for your home. But, whether you’re sold on them completely or you still find them strange and exotic, Richardson Plumbing of Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati is here to inform you about the next innovation in toilet technology.

 

What is a bidet?

A bidet is, for all intents and purposes, a toilet, but with one key difference: it also possesses a small jet of water that can be triggered. This jet is intended to be used for hygiene purposes, and many bidets even offer different temperatures and pressures for the water that comes out of them. If you have traveled out of the country, particularly to continental Europe, bidets are more than just common, they’re actually the norm. And while they may seem a little foreign to us here in the United States, they do actually have their benefits.

 

Why would you want a bidet?

Aside from the obvious novelty for most Americans, there are actual benefits to having a bidet. The first would be hygiene. Although we don’t tend to spend much time in this country thinking about the hygiene of our bathroom habits and how they could be improved, there are actual hygienic benefits to having a bidet. The jet on the bidet actually serves to get rid of residue that traditional American bathroom hygiene misses, and can also save you money on bathroom tissue. Also, by purchasing less toilet tissue, you are also helping the environment. One other benefit that you may not have thought of is that adding a bidet to your home can actually raise the overall value of your home. Because they are so exotic, and are oftentimes more expensive than traditional toilets, they can add some unexpected resale value to your home. All in all, it’s a win-win situation!

 

Whether you are thinking about taking the plunge and installing a bidet in your home or you have other questions about your home’s plumbing, do not hesitate to reach out to Richardson Plumbing. We are located in Florence, Kentucky, but we proudly serve all of Northern Kentucky, as well as Cincinnati.

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Should You Get a Standalone Bathtub for Your Bathroom?

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Standalone bathtubs, also known as free-standing tubs have various pros and cons. So, how do you make the decision to see if a standalone bathtub is right for your bathroom? Richardson Plumbing of Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati provides you with a guide to deciding if a free-standing tub would be a good fit in your home!

Pros & Cons

There are many pros to free-standing tubs. For example, they are known to assist in releasing stress. These luxurious tubs can add a touch of sophistication to any bathroom, while letting you feel as though you are at the spa soaking in a nice, relaxing bath. However, depending on the material, there can be many cons to these tubs as well, such as being high-maintenance, and being difficult to get in and out of for older people or small children.

Standalone Bathtub Materials

  • Acrylic– This is one of the most popular standalone bathtub materials. It is relatively lightweight and inexpensive. It comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. However, acrylic does tend to crack and discolor over time.
  • Cast Iron– This material is very heavy, however, it is also very sturdy and retains heat better than any other material on the market. Cast Iron comes in a large selection of colors and is great at resisting fading and chipping.
  • Copper– Old-fashioned copper tubs conduct heat at extremely high temperatures, but are very high-maintenance. They are also fairly expensive, but can offer a great decorative element.
  • Stone– Standalone tubs made of stone are incredibly heavy, but are also great at making a bold, contemporary statement.
  • Solid Surface– These standalone tubs are usually contemporary in design like stone tubs, but are much less heavy. These tubs are still durable, despite their weight and are also offered in various shapes and sizes.
  • Pure Acrylic– These tubs are one solid color and are more substantial than regular acrylic tubs. They vary from regular acrylic tubs as they are made of two sheets of acrylic with insulation or air in between these sheets. They are also generally easy to clean and maintain.

Professional Help in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati

If you think that a standalone bathtub would be a good addition to your bathroom, then it is time to stop by your favorite family-friendly company, Richardson Plumbing. We are located in Florence, Kentucky and have been proudly serving Northern Kentucky, including Warsaw, Glencoe, and Sparta, as well as Cincinnati for close to 20 years. Our trained technicians can assist you with all of your plumbing needs from small plumbing repairs to bathroom or kitchen remodels. We also offer 24-hour emergency service, as well as a senior citizen discount. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and are completely dedicated to providing you with the best possible experience. If you think that a standalone tub would be a good addition to your bathroom, then please do not hesitate to contact your friends at Richardson Plumbing!

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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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