While inside a new client’s home this week, I noticed that telltale “beeping” noise that usually is a result of battery failure in an alarm. So I asked her about it. Had she checked out that nearby ceiling smoke alarm in the foyer? It had been checked and actually was hard-wired. I thought maybe there was a battery backup. She said no.
I took a few minutes to listen, allowing for echo effects. She had been prepared to call in the electrician to resolve the problem. So she didn’t mind a little help from me.
Crouching by a sidetable, looking underneath, seeing nothing, I asked her to open the drawer. Inside was a carbon monoxide detector mechanism. The culprit was found! Her niece had been searching for that sound all winter while housesitting. Batteries removed, beeping thwarted.
I think she was a little impressed with my persistence and solving her issue. While probably saving her a nice chunk of change, I think I brought a little more peace to her day. And that’s what I like to do.