What to Do if Your Basement Floods

What to Do if Your Basement Floods

It happens. It just does. No one wants to think about it, but knowing what to do if your basement floods and your carpet is soaked might come in handy some day. We usually don’t say this as a first resort, but when something big – okay, this could be near-catastrophic to some – like this happens, give Cincinnati Maintenance a call. We will talk you through the initial steps you can take. First and foremost, safety first! Be absolutely positive there is no risk of electrical shock before heading down into your flooded basement. If the water has risen above the electrical sockets, call a professional right away. Now, to negate the damage: get the water out. You can try a shop-vac and get your sump pump going again, but the water has got to come out. If you have standing water, call Cincinnati Maintenance immediately. Next, air flow is key. Use a dehumidifier and also get some fans going down there. Get a hold of the best/biggest you can. The main thing to remember is to move fast to get that carpet drying to try to salvage it and to avoid mold. Don’t “wait until morning.” You may think raising the temperature will make the carpet dry quicker, but this is not a good idea: higher heat will promote bacteria growth. Keeping the temperature at or below 75 degrees is best. Again, these are a few emergency initial steps for you to take if your basement floods. In a case like this, please also give Cincinnati Maintenance a call,¬†(513) 827-6150. We will provide the help you will...
Helpful Floor Cleaning Tips from #CincinnatiMain

Helpful Floor Cleaning Tips from #CincinnatiMain

We at Cincinnati Maintenance thought it was time for us all to brush up on how to care for our carpet and flooring in between professional, deep cleanings. First of all, we cannot stress enough the importance of vacuuming. It’s simply essential. The main reason is that getting up the dirt and grime helps protect your carpet! Dirt and grit wear down and break down the fibers, so vacuuming is pretty high up there in how to take care of your home and business flooring. Sweeping and vacuuming your un-carpeted flooring is important, too! For the same reasons – it helps keep grit from wearing down your floors. When you are “sweeping,” we recommend MICRO-FIBER. Using a mop with a micro-fiber pad works so much better than an old-fashioned broom. Some bonus tips: For hardwood floors, use a dust mop or micro-fiber pad mop regularly. When damp mopping, a neutral (neutral being the key word) cleaner – such as the Bona products – is best. This product can be found at Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc. For tile and grout, a good tile brush from Home Depot or somewhere similar will help clean the grout. Definitely avoid sealers and high alkaline cleaners. Again, neutral cleaners are key. For vinyl flooring, avoid anything that says “enhances shine” and avoid applying floor finishes. A good neutral, preferably “green,” solution is always best. If you have any concerns or questions, you can always contact Cincinnati Maintenance and we are happy to...
Have You Heard of Marmoleum?

Have You Heard of Marmoleum?

A popular flooring out there is called Marmoleum. ¬†Have you heard of it? Marmoleum is touted as a “green” flooring, meaning it is an environmentally conscious choice for many residential homes. The adhesive upon installation is solvent free and there is also a “clickable” type of Marmoleum that uses no adhesive. Some other benefits, according to popular home improvement website dengarden, include: Estimated life of Marmoleum with normal use is 50 years 100 percent biodegradeable Anti-static – therefore, easier to clean because not as much grime sticks to it Made of natural materials – no gaseous output of chemicals Dengarden also indicates a few disadvantages: Dents easily – so be sure to put furniture foot pads on table legs and chairs Could stain – be sure it is properly installed and finished as well as cleaned properly Must maintain a proper seal on the floor – discuss with your retailer exactly what this entails As always, feel free to contact Cincinnati Maintenance should you have any questions about your home’s flooring and maintenance needs....

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