I've learned over the years that peace of mind matters. This past week I've been trying to put that into practice.
First, I was cleaning out the lint trap on my dryer, and a little piece of paper fluttered in. Naturally, it was not something I could get to easily. Having heard in recent months of fires that have been caused by dryer and lint related problems, I knew it needed to be taken care of. Knowing I don't have the physical agility to climb over the dryer and maneuver around enough to disconnect the hose, I called in some assistance. Don was here the next day, and in short order he had removed the hose and pulled out the little piece of paper. We talked about cleaning out the vent pipe, but he's not equipped to do that. The hose itself was really quite clean he said, so for now I'm comfortable with it the way it is. He did give me the name of a service person that can do the vent cleaning, so that's a good thing. I didn't know how it would be done, but Don explained that generally its done externally, with a vacuum being inserted through the vent up on the roof.
While I was in the service mode, I also called my heating and air conditioning guy. Lately when I turn on the heat, I'd hear a gurgling in the drain pipe. Looking it up on the internet, I saw that's a common occurence, so I wasn't unduly alarmed. I went ahead and had Jason service it, and now I'm set for the Winter.
And my last project is in the works. You may remember I posted about a problem with my smoke detectors going off in the middle of the night awhile back. My neighbor James is an electrician, and he's going to get everything back to proper working order.
Yep, peace of mind. Can't beat it.