The east side of Cincinnati was recently hit with unusual flooding. Norwood City Schools, Roger Bacon High School and Summit Academy were among those that had to close and even Interstate 71 was closed as we were deluged with 3 to 5 inches of rain.

Luckily, storms of this magnitude are rare. But, given that even ‘regular’ storms can cause flooding, it’s important to talk about some preventative maintenance steps to prevent water damage in your home.

Gutter Maintenance

No one likes to clean their gutters. It’s arduous work that usually involves hauling around heavy ladders, working up in the air, and scooping muck. A disagreeable task to say the least. However, it’s important to understand that properly working gutters are vital for moving water away from where it can do damage as a storm much less intense than what we recently saw can deposit 600 to 2,800 gallons of water on your roof, depending on its size. While the weather is still nice, consider these tips for cleaning and repairing gutters.

Sump Pump Maintenance

While your gutters work above your house, sump pumps (if you have one) move excess water from around your foundation. Regular maintenance for a sump pump is just as important as that for gutters but, luckily, less demanding.

The Sump & Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association has a good brochure with tips. The first step is to remove any dirt and debris from the pit surrounding the pump. This will help reduce wear and increase efficiency, which will help your pump last longer. The second step is to simply pour in enough water to cycle the pump on. Testing your sump pump on a regular basis will let you know if there’s a problem, before you need it.

Water Damage RestorationWhen Nature Wins

Of course, even with the best planning things sometimes go wrong. If you find yourself with a leak, How to Handle a Water Damage Emergency offers water damage restoration tips. And, with 32 years of experience with water damage restoration, we have the expertise and resources to:

  • Pull back carpets and remove carpet padding
  • Cut out damaged drywall and remove damaged baseboards
  • Employ powerful water extraction systems, industrial air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Apply safe and effective antimicrobial agents to protect your home
  • Install new padding and install/replace carpet
  • Install and paint both drywall and baseboards

Our technicians are trained to address important issues including mold, mildew, stain and moisture removal. We use state of the art moisture detecting equipment and safe bacteria control agents to do everything possible to minimize the loss. As a father/son company we offer personalized service with large-company capabilities to ensure that your home is safe and whole.

Questions? I am always available to answer your stain removal questions and concerns. Call us today at (513) 777-8770 to learn more about our carpet and upholstery cleaning services. Or email us at to learn about this month’s cleaning special.

Elliott S. Fishman, Co-Owner
Extra Effort Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Inc.


About Elliott S. Fishman

Elliott Fishman, along with his son Brian, is the owner and operator of Extra Effort Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Inc.   We serve the residents and businesses of Greater Cincinnati to include West Chester, Mason, Maineville, Loveland, Wyoming, Fairfield, Indian Hill, Montgomery, Hyde Park and Anderson Township. Elliott started this company in 1984, based on the belief that it takes Extra Effort to make each job a success. The father/son team puts the extra time, extra care, and extra effort go into every task they undertake – no matter how large or small the job. Extra Effort’s quality equipment, trained technicians and safe products have made the company a top choice for residential and commercial carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, water damage / water extraction, fabric protection, odor control and spot removal.

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Extra Effort Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

8303 Darlene Dr.

West Chester, OH 45069

(513) 777-8770

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