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How to Sterilize Your Dishwasher

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Sterilizing your dishwasher sounds like it would be time consuming take more time out of your day then you would like. However, you do not have to break out a never used toothbrush to scrub it, or lay in an uncomfortable position to get in the corners of your dishwasher. In reality, sterilizing your dishwasher takes the same amount of time that it does to do one load of dishes! Not everyone will know the importance of sterilizing your dishwasher but here at Richardson Plumbing we know and want to let every one of our customers to know as well. Whether it be the actual cleaning of your dishwasher as a whole, the trap itself, or even maintain your dishwasher’s temperature, every aspect of sterilizing your dishwasher is needed to keep your dishwasher running up to par.

Keeping Things Sterile!

Sterilizing your dishwasher can be as easy as using some of your household’s basic cleaning materials. When making a trip to your local grocery store, do not forget to grab a bottle of bleach. Bleach can be a great aid in giving your dishwasher a new life. Bleach is known for killing germs and is one of the most used household cleaning products. So yes, that means bleach will also do a great job in sterilizing your dishwasher.

Whenever you are ready to give your dishwasher a sterile makeover be sure to take out and store all of your previous cleaned dishes. When everything is out, run your dishwasher on a cycle with a cup of bleach. Doing so can clean and make sure you never see any signs of mold infestation inside your dishwasher. Everyone knows that with mold comes health risks for your family. Mold can be a tough situation. That is why our service team at Richardson and Plumbing will makes sure all of our customers know how to keep an appliance that you once never thought of, a top cleaning priority. Besides using bleach, there is also another common household solution that will allow you to have a germ free dishwasher! White vinegar is a great alternative for anyone who wants to sterilize their dishwasher more naturally. Same as the bleach, take everything out of your dishwasher except for one cup of white vinegar. Run the cleaning cycle with hot water to remove any grease and buildup. When you go to open your dishwasher you will be pleased with a clean inside along with a welcoming smell.

Just like your air conditioner or vacuum cleaner, dishwashers have filters too. So it would only make sense for you to clean and sanitize the filter as well. To do this, just remove the filter and soak it in some warm water with some suds. This will remove any dirt your filter has collected.

Sanitizing your dishwasher is a pretty simple job and we know how important it is for you and your family to have a clean environment where you put your eating utensils. Here at Richardson Plumbing we can help you achieve that with a few steps. We are located in Florence, KY and we proudly serve Northern KY and Cincinnati.

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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 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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Cold Weather and My Water Heater in Winter

water heater in winterYou may have noticed as the weather gets colder outside that it takes longer for your shower to warm up.  You may be asking yourself if your water heater is working properly.  The truth is, the outside temperature can effect your water heater in winter and how it performs.

Your Water Heater in Winter

Water comes into your home and into the water heater where it is warmed to the temperature set on your water heater’s thermostat.  Most people set the temperature to 120° to avoid scalding.  This temperature works great in normal conditions.  If during the winter the water coming into your home gets colder however, it may take a long time for your water heater to heat to the desired 120°.  Also, if you are continually adding more cold water to the water heater tank, then the water heater is constantly working to heat the water.

Should I Turn My Water Heater Up?

Some people turn their water heater thermostat up during the winter to keep the water hotter than it might otherwise get during cold weather.  This can cause scalding on days when the weather is mild.  You can also do a few other things to keep your water heater working properly.  The list includes:

  • Make sure you have removed sediment from your water heater tank.
  • Make sure the area where you keep your water heater in winter is well insulated.
  • Insulate pipes running to and from the water heater in winter.
  • wrap the water heater in a jacket designed to keep water in the tank warmer.
  • make sure your water heater and the water heater thermostat are working properly

If you are worried about your water heater in winter and if it is functioning properly, Richardson Plumbing can help.  We provide water heater repairs and maintenance.  If you water heater is older than 10 years, it may be time to invest in a new water heater.  You can trust the plumbers at Richardson Plumbing to provide you with excellent service and the help you need to make sure your water heater is working as efficiently as possible this winter.  If you’re not sure how to get the hot water you need this season, call the experts at Richardson Plumbing today!  We’ll be happy to help!

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Plumbing Help: Keeping Your Water Clear

keeping your water clearKeeping your water clear is important. If you notice a change in the color of your water, you may be wondering why your water is discolored and if there is something you need to worry about. There are a few reasons why your water may change color. Here is a limited list to help you determine what is happening with your water:

Rust In Your Water

If you notice yellow, red or orange water you may have a problem with rust. If you live in an area where they flush the water pipes or fire hydrants, this may happen during those times. Your utility company should make you aware of this before they flush the system. Other rust in water happens with oxidation. This can happen within your own plumbing or at the main source with the iron or metal pipes and could be the result of sediment, corrosion of an old pipe or a broken pipe.

Air Bubbles

Believe it or not, tiny air bubbles in the water can make your water look discolored. Having a milky or cloudy color in the water can be troublesome but if it is air bubbles, it is quite harmless. This usually is a result of colder water mixing in the water heater and often clears up on it’s own. Many times this happens when it is cold outside.  Get plumbing help if you are unsure what the milky color is or if air bubbles appear more often then you feel is normal.

Brown Hot Water

Anytime the water is different on the hot side than it is on the cold side, you can suspect a water heater problem. Brown or yellow hot water indicates you might need maintenance on your hot water heater. Your local plumber can help you figure out what to do and flush your water heater if necessary.  In some extreme cases, you may need to replace your water heater.

Other Causes of Discolored Water

Zinc coating on galvanized pipes often start to wear and cause a discoloration in your pipes. Although not as bad as rust, having bouts of discolored water is never an ideal situation. Green tint to your water could be algae. Black water is often the result of mold and a blue or greenish color could be an issue with your copper or brass fittings.

Keeping Your Water Clear

Anytime you have a problem with your water, you can depend on the services of your professional plumber in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky. Richardson Plumbing is here to help diagnose the problem and repairs can be made quickly so keeping your water clear is never a problem. For dependable service and honest, affordable plumbing, call Richardson Plumbing today.

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