If you’re a homeowner in Farmville, VA or the surrounding area, maintaining your property can be a pain. There are so many small but critical tasks that must be completed on a regular basis–such as checking the batteries in your smoke detector, inspecting your water heater, checking your dryer vent, etc.–that it is easy to forget important items. Unfortunately, the consequences of overlooking some of these routine tasks can be catastrophic.
Odds & Ends Home Improvement is the top-rated provider of general home maintenance services in Farmville. Why not put your mind at ease and let us take care of routine maintenance tasks around your home, so that you can spend your free time relaxing instead? We have several home maintenance service plans that include all the tasks listed below, and we can also work with you to create a custom plan. The following list of general home maintenance services will give you an idea of what we can do, but if you don’t see a service on the list you are interested in, just give us a call–there’s a good chance we can do it for you or recommend someone who can.
Washer and dryer area inspection
While washers and dryers are usually devices that help make your life easier, if not properly maintained they can also be the source of two things that can cause extensive damage to your home–fire and water.
Your dryer exhaust vent needs to be inspected for bends or obstructions on a regular basis. The purpose of the exhaust vent is to carry away water vapor from your wet clothes, but along with the water vapor there will be lint. If there is an obstruction in the vent, lint can build up and block the flow of hot water vapor away from the dryer, causing the dryer to overheat. This in turn can spark a fire, which could spread and consume the entire house. Inspecting the vent often helps prevent this.
For your washer, checking the hoses for tight fittings, bulges, cracks, or leaks can help catch problems before they occur. A burst hose on a washer can spill hundreds of gallons of water an hour into your home, causing extensive water damage. A simple inspection on a regular basis will make this much less likely.
Gutter cleaning and inspection
If your gutter is clogged by leaves or debris, it can result in extensive water damage to your property. How often your gutters should be cleaned out depends to a certain extent on how many trees you have in your yard, but in most cases they should at least be checked and cleaned once a year at a minimum. This isn’t a difficult task–unless, of course, you don’t like climbing on ladders…or are afraid of heights…or have a physical disability…or you simply like spending your free time doing things other than cleaning your gutters. If any of the above applies to you, give us a call and we’ll be happy to take care of this for you.
Changing hard to reach light bulbs
If you have vaulted ceilings in your home or lights high up on the exterior of your house, suddenly the old joke about changing a burned-out light bulb isn’t quite as funny anymore. In fact, you can get seriously hurt trying to change a hard-to-reach light bulb. We’ll take care of this task for you when you sign up for one of our general home maintenance service plans.
Smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector battery replacement
According to the Federal Emergency Management agency, smoke detectors should be tested once a month and the batteries should be replaced twice a year. Having a working smoke detector in your home is extremely important and could very well save your life. Carbon monoxide detectors are also important, since CO2 is an odorless gas that kills more than 400 Americans every year. If you have a gas stove, gas heating, or any other way that CO2 can enter your home, you should have a working carbon monoxide detector.
Let’s face it–most people won’t remember to change the batteries in their smoke and CO2 detectors on a regular basis, potentially putting themselves at risk. Let us handle this task for you so that you and your family are protected.
Electric water heater inspection
In most homes, a water heater is one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment on the property. If it isn’t maintained properly, it can result in water leaks, scalding, mold damage, or worse. The nation’s leading employee-based inspection services firm, US Inspect, publishes a list of ten items that should be checked during a water heater inspection. Do you know what they are?
We didn’t think so. Why not leave this to the experts at Odds & Ends home improvement instead of trying to figure it out on your own?
Toilet function inspection
Having a working toilet in your home is probably something you take for granted. It’s also something that, when it stops working, suddenly becomes a big problem. Beyond being a major inconvenience, a malfunctioning toilet can cause water damage to your property. As part of our general home maintenance services, we perform annual toilet inspections to check common problem areas like fill valves, flush valves, toilet tanks, trip levers, etc.
Trimming for low-hanging branches and storm clean-up
Although most of our services are geared toward maintaining your home, we also can assist you with some tasks related to maintaining the rest of your property. One example of this is trimming low-hanging tree branches and cleaning up fallen branches and debris after a storm. This is one of the things we include in our deluxe home maintenance service plan.
These are just a few of the many general home maintenance services we provide to Farmville, VA homeowners. If you are in need of a service not listed here, please give us a call and ask if it’s something we can do for you. Even if we can’t help you ourselves (although there is a good chance we can), we can recommend a quality provider who can assist you.