Q+A | Pete Frizzell, owner, Home Maintenance Solutions

Updated: 2012-11-11T03:19:00Z


The Kansas City Star

JOB DESCRIPTION: Owner of Home Maintenance Solutions, a company that performs interior and exterior maintenance and light repairs, 913-238-7546, MaintainYourHomeKC.com

Q. What types of maintenance do you do inside the house?

A. In a kitchen , for example, we clean behind the refrigerator and inspect for leaks. We replace the water filter on the refrigerator. We deodorize and inspect the garbage disposal. We clean range hood filters. We clean dishwasher filters. We seal natural stone countertops. We inspect plumbing connections at the sink. We clean faucet and sprayer aerators. We inspect outlets. We caulk joints between sink and countertops. We adjust and tighten cabinet doors and drawers. We have a checklist of things we do in the bathrooms and other rooms, including cleaning inside light fixtures — the kind of things people forget to do.

Q. What about exterior maintenance?

A. We clean gutters and inspect them. We inspect the chimney. We clean oil stains from garage floors. There’s an extensive checklist.

Q. Why should someone have maintenance performed on their house?

A. A lot of homeowners don’t know what to look for. I’ve saved clients money. One of my first clients had a window leak behind the couch. I was able to detect the leak and have the windows repaired, which cost a few thousand dollars. A neighbor with the same builder and window manufacturer had replaced windows for $40,000. I recently identified a nonworking sump pump, which prevented flooding problems.

Q. What is your background in home repair?

A. I was a project manager in residential construction and worked in commercial construction. I saw a need after doing maintenance in my own home. I’ve been doing this business for more than a year.

Q. What type of home maintenance is under the radar?

A. Water heaters. We drain and flush them because they can burst. Also, refrigerators last longer if you clean the coils.

Q. Tell us about your home.

A. It’s in south Overland Park. It’s about eight years old. I live there with my wife and two kids.

Q. What’s your favorite room in your house?

A. The family room because that’s where we all hang out.

Q. What’s your next home project?

A. Painting a room or two. My kids have written on the walls.

Q. What should we do in preventative maintenance to winterize our homes?

A. Inspect the weatherstripping and make sure the furnace is tuned up.

To reach Stacy Downs, House + Home editor and writer, call 816-234-4780 or send email to sdowns@kcstar.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/stacykc.

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