Cincinnati is dealing with the 22nd worst flood in the city’s history as the Ohio River crested at just over 60.5 feet this past weekend. The flooding has spurred road closures and inundated riverfront communities.

And while those near the river are the most severely impacted, residents throughout the city are dealing with water infiltration after heavy rains. According to the National Weather Service, the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport has received 7.79 inches of precipitation this month, which is 3 times the average and marks the third wettest February on record.

One of the most common causes of basement flooding is a problem with the sump pump. You can test your sump by first removing any debris from the pit and pouring in enough water to get the pump to cycle. It’s also recommended to have a battery backup that kicks in when the power goes out.

However, if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of a flooded basement, it’s important to know what steps to take. Below is a printer-friendly guide covering the key steps.

With more than 34 years of water damage restoration experience, you can trust Extra Effort to work with your insurance company to return your home or business to its original state.

Our skilled professionals have the expertise to quickly answer any questions you have about mold, mildew, stain and moisture removal. Once the process has been thoroughly explained to your satisfaction, we will:

  • Bring in powerful water extraction systems, industrial air movers, and dehumidifiers
  • Apply safe bacterial control agents
  • Handle all restoration work, including removing and replacing carpet padding, drywall, insulation, and baseboards
  • Clean and restore your carpets

As the co-owner of a father/son business, you have my personal guarantee that our job isn’t complete until our state-of-the-art moisture-detecting equipment tells us your home or business is safe and restored to its original condition.

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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