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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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What You Need to Know About Jacuzzi Tubs

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After a long, hard day at work, the first thing you want to do is come home, relax, and have some well-deserved “me time.” However, do you have a personal space where you can have some peace and quiet and disconnect from the world for a moment in utter relaxation? One of the best ways to accomplish this necessary goal is through installing a Jacuzzi tub in your home. There are multiple benefits to Jacuzzi tubs, but how do you know if it would be a good fit for your home? Richardson Plumbing of Florence, KY serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati provides you with this information about Jacuzzi tubs so that you may see if it would be beneficial to your life!

Advantages of Jacuzzi Tubs
The various benefits of Jacuzzi Tubs are pretty straightforward. Having the ability to come home and soak in a warm jetted bath whenever you desire is comparable to enjoying a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home. With the hustle and bustle of life, soaking in a Jacuzzi tub can help you relax and relieve some of your daily stress. Not to mention, Jacuzzi tubs can also be an effective tool in a health or physical therapy regimen, when recommended by a professional. Jacuzzi tubs can be especially helpful if you experience problems with sore muscles and/or joints, poor circulation, or even poor flexibility. As you can see, there is an abundance of benefits to installing a Jacuzzi tub in your home!

Disadvantages of Jacuzzi Tubs
This luxurious spa-like experiences can be costly. This is one of the disadvantages of Jacuzzi tubs. These tubs tend to start around $1,000 and can even exceed $5,000 for high-end models with a large number of upgrades. Another cost that arises on top of this is an installation cost. Not to mention, installation can also be complicated. This is due to the nature of Jacuzzi tubs being large and fairly heavy. It is important to make sure you have adequate space in your bathroom for your desired Jacuzzi tub as well. Another disadvantage to consider is cleaning the Jacuzzi tub. It is not the same as cleaning a regular tub as there is a whole network of air tubes that need to be taken care of as well.

Professional Help in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati
If you think you still need help in deciding whether a Jacuzzi tub would be a good fit for your home, then it is time pay your friends at Richardson Plumbing a visit. We are located in Florence, KY and 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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Does Your Kitchen Need Two Sinks?

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Remodeling your kitchen can be a huge undertaking but in the end, can turn cooking for your family and entertaining your friends into a joy! New countertops and appliances transform the space while a new layout in counters and cabinets improve the cooking flow. One thing that many homeowners don’t think about is adding a second kitchen sink.

Cooking vs Cleaning

You may think at first that it would be extravagant to have a second sink in the kitchen, however that second sink can give you more functionality in the space. Using one sink for cooking and the other for cleaning frees the cooking sink up for the chef. Being able to use the cooking sink for food preparation while using the other sink for the cleanup lets you leave the cleaning until after dinner is in the oven. You no longer have to wash the dishes in the same space that you are cleaning your fruits and veggies.

A second sink allows you to plan the kitchen workflow around the sinks – your prep sink could be in the island so you can have room to work and the dish sink could be near the tableware cabinets to help with putting them away.
If you have two cooks working simultaneously in the space, adding the second sink helps with making sure everyone has enough work space and can eliminate tripping over each other in the process.

 

Style and Placement

Both sinks do not need to be exactly the same. It may actually make more sense for them to be different. You may want a larger deeper sink for clean-up especially if you have a lot of large pots and pans. It would also make sense to have a deeper, wider bowl for filling large pots with water.

The prep sink can be smaller as to allow for you to leave more counter space. This sink would most likely also need a garbage disposal for all of the pieces from slicing and dicing.

When looking at placement for the sink in the kitchen it is probably best to consult an interior designer. You will want to think about the areas that you use often and what features you use the most when designing your kitchen.

For instance, if you have a kitchen that has a beautiful view then you will most likely want to position a sink under the window that allows you to look at the scenery while you are cooking or cleaning. If you like to have a beverage while cooking then you may want to create a wet bar with a sink for washing your glasses. If baking is your thing you may want to create a little baking corner for rolling out dough and filling baking sheets with a sink close by.
Your kitchen is often the heart of your home, where you spend much of your time making memories and preparing food for your family. Let the professionals at Richardson Plumbing help you create the perfect kitchen space.

Our professionals at Richardson Plumbing in Florence, KY servicing Northern KY and Cincinnati can help you with designing your kitchen with two sinks and all of your other kitchen plumbing needs.

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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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4 Plumbing Resolutions For The New Year

 

The New Year is here. Do you wonder what 2017 will bring your way? The professionals at Northern Kentucky’s premier plumber and remodeling company, Richardson Plumbing, are wishing for a wonderful New Year for you and yours. They brainstormed and came up with a short list of plumbing resolutions that will make 2017 a great year in your home.

Plumbing Resolutions for the New Year

Richardson Plumbing recommends that this be a year to focus on maintenance and prevention. Let’s look at the top four plumbing resolutions to get you started.

  • Disposal Guidelines

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Most of us assume that if it is a food substance, it can be put down the garbage disposal. It isn’t as easy as that. We know that high cholesterol causes buildup of plaque in the arteries of the human body and that cholesterol can be controlled through diet. Your garbage disposal is subject to a similar scenario. Feeding your disposal too much of the wrong foods, causes buildup of sludge on your kitchen pipes which eventually will clog. Foods that should not be put down your disposal include;

 

  1. Fats, oils, and grease (they solidify when they get cold)
  2. Celery, onion peels, lettuce, corn husks (these fibrous foods can be stringy and wrap around the disposal blades.
  3. Pasta and Potato skins (starchy foods increase pipe clog)

 

  • Prevent Frozen Pipes

 

A frozen, burst pipe is a nightmare for any homeowner and can create a costly repair bill. Make sure your hose bibs have been turned off and that your garden hose is disconnected, drained, and stored. A frozen garden hose expands, putting pressure on internal pipes. Insulate any pipes in unheated portions of your home, such as an attic, garage, or basement. If you are traveling and plan to turn down your thermostat, make sure that you use 55 degrees as your minimum temperature.

 

  • Schedule a Plumbing Inspection

 

If you live in an older home, make a resolution to schedule an audit of your plumbing and prevent problems before they happen. A plumbing inspection will look at your water heater, plumbing waste lines, sump pump, main water supply and water lines. Your plumber will check for leaks in lines, shut off valves, and at pipe joints. If your home was built prior to 1960, it may be time to repipe your home.

 

  • Remodel Outdated Kitchen or Bath

 

The New Year is a great time to schedule your remodeling project. You could move to a new home, but it is much more cost effective to upgrade your current home. New faucets and fixtures, cabinets, or counters can brighten any kitchen.

Whatever your New Year’s Plumbing Resolution, Richardson Plumbing has the expertise to make sure your goal is reached. Homeowners that make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals. Richardson Plumbing has been serving Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas for over fifteen years.

 

 

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What’s New In Kitchen Design Trends

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The most frequently used room in the home is the kitchen. Aside from being a place that needs to be built for function, the kitchen is a place where everyone gathers and is always much more than just a place to eat and prepare meals. As kitchen design trends have evolved, you may find yourself feeling more and more cramped in your space. An easy remedy is a remodel to bring your kitchen back up to your standards. Keep your kitchen up to date and appealing to anyone who enters by remodeling to meet all of your needs. Richardson Plumbing, experienced plumbers serving Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas, can show you what’s new in kitchen design trends to help you decide if a remodel is just what your kitchen needs.

Kitchen Design Trends: Open Plans

The most widespread kitchen design trend is the pull towards an open kitchen plan in the modern home. Open floor plans have been popular for quite a while, but this trend has no end in sight. Open floor plans make your home appear larger and brighter because there are no walls cutting rooms into smaller areas and blocking light or your view through your home. The same idea applies to open concept kitchens. Open kitchens keep people connected in the home, even when some people are cooking and others are not. This open environment is excellent for families because the kitchen transforms into a multipurpose room with distinct areas that everyone is comfortable in.

Color Contrast

Color contrast among your furnishing in your kitchen is a trend that is on the rise. Contrasting colors, like bold accent colors with muted neutrals, or black and white, will make your kitchen seem more vibrant. In addition to adding eye catching color and dimension, color contrast in the kitchen will make your home look modern without the need for extremely modern hardware.

Gray is Great

Gray is the new “it” color for kitchens according to NKBA designers. Gray cabinets, gray paint, gray appliances, gray quartz or granite, whatever place you want to incorporate the color will work with many other textures and colors, like hardwoods and other painted materials. Gray color schemes will make your kitchen feel sleek and sophisticated but can also be accentuated with pops of other colors to make the color feel more alive.

Eco Friendly Kitchen Remodeling

Eco-friendly furnishings are the biggest trend throughout the entire home, not just in the kitchen. From lighting to window treatments to faucets and proper plumbing to avoid extra water waste, any way you can incorporate environmentally friendly designs will make your space in style.

If you are ready to start a full kitchen remodel to bring your home up to date, contact Richardson Plumbing for your plumbing remodeling needs. At Richardson Plumbing we have vast knowledge in kitchen remodeling and experience you can trust. Rather it’s working with you personally or with your interior designer or contractor, we can help assure that your project runs smoothly.

 

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How To Put A Shower And Bathtub In A Small Bathroom

small bathroomYou’ve decided to take the plunge and remodel your bathroom and now recognize you have what seems like an insurmountable problem. You are very limited on space and you want both a bathtub and a shower. Don’t despair, for Bathroom Remodeling in Northern Kentucky call Richardson’s Plumbing. With over fifteen years of experience they can help you find a solution to your space dilemma.

The Issue-Fitting Both a Shower and a Tub in a Small Bathroom

Small square footage in the existing small bathroom is an issue that many homeowners face when they tackle remodeling a bathroom, and there are many things you will need to consider;

  • Aesthetics; will my finished product be pleasing to the eye?
  • Functionality; will my bathroom fixtures be usable in the configuration I’ve chosen? and
  • Building code specifications; have I left the required amount of space around the fixtures?

How Much Space Do I Need

How much space you will need hinges not only on your desire for both a bathtub and a shower, but also on the building codes in your state. Your remodeling consultant at Richardson’s Plumbing has the knowledge that you need, without having to plow through pages and pages of building code.

  • Did you know that any fixture in the bathroom needs to have at least 21 inches of space in front of it? Richardson’s knows.
  • Did you know that there are laws that govern how far a fixture is from the sink or the toilet? Richardson’s knows.
  • Did you know that if your shower is separate from the bathtub, its size is governed by law? And that if it is placed in a corner, the shower enclosure will have to be larger? Richardson’s knows.
  • Do you know how much space you will need so that your doors (including any shower door) will open properly? Richardson’s knows.
  • Do you know enough about plumbing to control expenditures by utilizing the existing supply and drainage systems? Richardson’s knows.

How to Start Your Design

Make your wish list first. Then the easiest way to begin your design is with pencil and paper. Make a scaled drawing of your space. Add any fixtures that currently exist and that you plan to keep. Using another piece of paper, make cut outs of additional fixtures you want to add. A standard tub is 60 inches X 30 inches x 14 inches, although a more popular length is 72. If this is a non-starter, there are Greek or Japanese style soaking tubs that take up less floor space, some as small as 48 inches. Have you considered combining your tub and shower? This will free up space also. What about; linen and toiletry storage, towel racks, toilet paper holders? Unless a house is custom made, bathrooms are rarely as large as we would like them to be. Put the fixtures that you use most frequently, the sink and toilet, closest to the door. If you are still coming up short space wise, there are several other options to consider.

Where Can I Find Extra Space

What is in the room next to your bathroom? Can you steal some square footage from that room? Sometimes a closet or hallway can donate a few feet without destroying its intended use. Utilize the corners where possible. Use a vanity with a shelf or underneath cabinet. Combining the tub and shower will obviously buy you space. What about a wall mounted faucet? If the faucet is placed on the wall, your vanity or sink can be narrower. More space found. Does your shower need a door or will a shower curtain work or can you just build a glass splash guard and skip the door altogether. Your experts at Richardson’s Plumbing will have design ideas for you. For most of us, if we haven’t seen it, we don’t know it exists. If you live in an older home and haven’t shopped showrooms, there may be many ideas your consultant can suggest.

How to Make a Small Bathroom Appear Larger

Once complete, your new bathroom will be the safe haven you have envisioned. You can hide the fact that it is small by using some decorating tips that will make your room appear larger than it is. Use large mirrors, decorate with large patterns, paint your walls in light colored shades, make the ceiling a darker color, it draws the eyes up and gives the illusion of height. 

Richardson’s Plumbing is Kentucky’s choice for Bathroom Remodeling. Their wealth of knowledge and experience will have you enjoying your new bathroom in no time at all. For design consultations call Richardson’s Plumbing at (859) 371-2239.

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Is Home Remodeling Tax Deductible?

home remodelingYou may be wondering if the home remodeling is tax deductible. According to experts, if you only use your home for personal use, then the amount of the home improvement is not tax deductible. You can however use the amount of the home improvement for your benefit. Here’s how it works:

Capital Gains

According to IRS rules, if you made home improvements like kitchen remodeling or a bathroom addition, you can add the cost of the expense to the base price of your home. For example, if you purchased your home for 200,000 and spent 30,000 on remodeling, then the base price of your home would go up to 230,000. When you sell your home, this would offset any capital gain you may have. In our example, if you sold your home for 250,000 then you would only have 20,000 in gains instead of 50,000. You may also qualify for exemption from those gains so it’s important to get all the facts before you file your taxes.

Business Expenses

If you use part of your home for business, the rules change and you can deduct some of the home improvements or all of them. If you remodel your kitchen or remodel your bathroom and you use your home in a business type situation, then the cost of the expense may be deducted. This is especially true if you rent part of your home or it is rental income. The amount you can deduct is often based on the square footage of the office in your home or the portion you rent out. If however the expense is part of the office or part of the rental room, you may be able to deduct the full amount. You may also be able to depreciate the expenses similar to the way you would depreciate a building. Your accountant will be able to show you which rules apply to you and how to make the most of your tax situation.

Landlords and Rental Property

If you own rental property then you can claim all of your expenses for improvements, repairs and remodeling. There is a difference in the way you classify the improvement. If you choose to write off the expense as a repair, you can take the full amount as an expense. If you classify the amount as an improvement, then you can depreciate the amount over many years.

A good tax attorney or accountant can show you the best way to write off your expenses to offset your income.

Home Remodeling and Plumbing Repairs

If you are considering home remodeling or making additions to your home, Richardson Plumbing can help. We have experience with kitchen and bathroom remodeling and plumbing upgrades. Many of the home improvement you make, including plumbing repairs can affect your tax situation. When you need a good plumber in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky, Richardson Plumbing is the company to call. We specialize in all sorts of plumbing projects and complete remodeling of kitchens and bathrooms.

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2016 Spring Home Maintenance Plumbing Tips

 

plumbing tipsPlumbing tips are an important part of any good spring maintenance plan. Although spring officially began on March 20th, it may not seem too much like spring where you are. In fact some of you may be feeling like summer may never come. But, like everything else, this to shall pass and colder weather will be replaced with warm, sunny spring like temperatures. For those days, when you begin your spring home maintenance, here are a few plumbing tips to help you make sure your household plumbing is working like it should.

April Showers Bring Basement Flooding

With the final snowfalls of spring and the rains beginning, your basement could experience a flood if your sump pump isn’t working properly. You can check it each spring. Pour a bucket of water in the sump pump pit and turn the switch on. Make sure the discharge line is clear of debris like fallen leaves and twigs. If you don’t have a backup sump pump, then now may be the time to invest in one. Back up sump pumps will work if your sump pump fails or the electric goes out. Back up sump pumps come in either battery powered or water-powered options. Richardson Plumbing can help you choose which sump pump is best for your home and location. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, make sure you have a sump pump that is in good working condition.

Inspect Your Plumbing

You can look around your home for possible places where water is leaking. Even a small leak can do major damage to the structure of your home and cost extra money on your water bill. Look for water under the refrigerator and around sinks. Check for water spots on walls and ceilings. Sometimes the smell of mold and mildew is an indication you have a leak in the area. Visually inspect hoses that carry water to your washing machine and ice maker. If you notice a bulge, it is a good idea to replace the hose before it bursts and causes water damage.

Home Maintenance Plumbing Tips

You can also check for low water pressure. Many different things can cause low water pressure. You may have a problem with you plumbing that requires an experienced plumber to repair. If you suspect a problem with water leaks, toilet repair or leaks or any number of plumbing problems, call the experts at Richardson Plumbing. They are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to help you with plumbing repairs. They also handle plumbing installations and do awesome remodeling in the kitchen or bath area. If you need an experienced plumber, call Richardson Plumbing your local Northern Kentucky Plumbers, today.

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