“A lot of something” will fall from the sky…It could be snow, ice, rain or a combination of all three!”

The quote above comes from WLWT Chief Meteorologist Kevin Robinson and is referring to a winter storm that is coming this weekend. That’s right, the snow from last weekend is still on the ground and it’s time to start prepping for “something” to fall from the sky. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, the forecast for West Chester calls for highs in the mid-teens with Sunday showing a low of -3 degrees!

While the kids seem to be enjoying the snow, it’s no fun for those of us that need to clear driveways and sidewalks. It’s also potentially problematic for homeowners. The heavy snow and changing weather create the possibility of ice dams and water damage. Another risk is the dropping temps which raise the risk of freezing pipes. The American National Red Cross has some great tips on how to protect pipes from freezing so be sure to check those out.

Another point to keep in mind is that no matter whether the weather brings, snow or rain, this weekend at some point what’s on the ground is going to eventually all turn to water. We will be looking at water-logged soil and lots of surface runoff, which can lead to flooded basements.  If you have a sump pump, now is a good time to perform a bit of sump pump maintenance to make sure yours is in good working order. Also, don’t forget to check the status of your battery backup.

However, even with the best planning, water damage emergencies can still happen, so it’s good to be prepared. Aside from obvious sitting water in your basement, be on the lookout for damp spots on your carpet, new stains on the ceiling, peeling paint, or a musty smell in any room.

If you see any of the above, it’s time to act. The printer-friendly guide below covers the key steps for the water damage restoration process.  

With 35 years of water damage restoration experience, you can trust Extra Effort has the expertise to address mold, mildew, stain and moisture removal. We can work with your insurance company to return your home or business to its original state using state-of-the-art moisture-detecting equipment. We use 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, including the 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 the carpet
  • Install and paint both drywall and baseboards

As always, we hope you won’t need us, but if you do, please call me at the number below.

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 service@extra-effort.com 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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