Staying on top of everything involved in keeping Memphis area homes in tip-top condition requires at least some degree of parallel concentration—a skill that can be hard to manifest when major maintenance issues are underway. If you are in the midst of a re-roofing project, for instance—comparing bids, then overseeing the progress of your Memphis area roofing contractor—it’s less likely that you will also be focusing on a back door that could use re-screening.
Along those lines, there is a short collection of Memphis area home maintenance tasks it’s all too easy to put off. Here are five of those:
- Water heater. It’s simply a fact (an invisible one) that corrosion-causing sediment will shorten a water heater’s service life. Cleaning it out has a nice side benefit: lower power consumption all winter long.
- Drip pan. Most refrigerators gather excess moisture in a drip pan behind the kick panel. When you pull it out, be careful: it usually is full (sometimes including mold). If the drain lines are being obstructed with mold, they can be cleared with a reshaped clothes hanger…but when doing the clearing, protect yourself by wearing a mask (Memphis area homeowners have plenty of those, nowadays!).
- Lint screen. The clothes dryer’s lint screen gradually accumulates a film that makes it less efficient—even putting excess strain on the blower motor. It’s simple to soak it in a dishwasher soap and hot water bath, then gently brush and rinse.
- Fire Extinguisher. Their expiration dates are always visible (and too-often ignored). When you need them to work, nothing’s more important!
- Preparedness Kit. Many Memphis area households haven’t assembled an emergency preparedness kit to deal with possible natural disasters. In the course of studying why that is so common, FEMA developed a five-stage description of stages of behavior regarding preparing for emergencies: Pre-Contemplation (i.e., not even thinking about emergencies); Contemplation; Preparation (actively considering doing something); Action (starting to do something); and Maintenance (having prepared a kit and maintaining it for more than six months). Assembling a kit isn’t difficult, yet few U.S. households have a working flashlight, first aid kit, medications set aside for emergencies, or emergency blanket/clothing/bedding.
When Memphis area’s autumn weather turns nice, it’s the perfect time to finish attending to the minor to-do’s that pile up over summer. In any season, I’m standing by to help with all your Memphis area real estate matters. Call me anytime!