When To Call Maintenance In Your Bloomington Apartment 10/08/2020 Whether you rent a studio apartment, one-bedroom unit, or a larger apartment, it's only a matter of time before you need something fixed. But, are you sure you know when to call maintenance in your Bloomington apartment? Of Course, significant problems, like roof leaks and heating, are a no-brainer, but what about minor issues? Is there a need to call in lighting outages or carpet damage? Is it smart to try and fix items yourself? Call Maintenance For Your Bloomington Apartment When Faced With These Problems If you find a significant issue – especially one that's structural -- it's typically included in your tenant agreement. The following are ordinary complications you might experience: Leaking and water damage: If you see water coming in from the apartment above or you encounter a malfunctioning toilet or fridge that causes water damage within your unit, notify maintenance without hesitation. HVAC problems: If your AC no longer cools, or your furnace fails, it’s time to make the call. Even if it's pleasant outside, your HVAC should be fully functional. Faulty plumbing: If you have a clogged toilet, attempt to clear it with your plunger. If that doesn't work, contact maintenance. Also, open a ticket for those persistent kitchen, bathroom or shower drips. Pest control: In many cases, pests get in by attaching to your your shoes or your pet. But if you notice any persistent pests -- like ants, mice, or wasps – you will likely need your apartment manager to contact pest control professionals. Appliance breakdowns: If your freezer won't cool or your stovetop fails to heat up, you need to make the call. All appliances that came with your apartment are typically covered, but anything you brought with you – a microwave, toaster oven, mini fridge – is under your control. Door and window damage: All exterior doors should function as intended. If swelling, water, or basic wear-and-tear stops them from easily functioning, they should be replaced. The same goes for windows. Drywall or flooring issues: If you find damage to a wall or a potentially dangerous flooring concern, contact the maintenance team. Frayed carpet may need to be replaced, specifically if a tack is visible. What Can You Repair? Not every situation warrants a call to maintenance. While some property managers are willing to help with a range of small jobs like lightbulb replacement, it may not always be convenient to adjust your schedule for a maintenance request for low-stress tasks. The following are some common issues that you can handle: Lighting: When lights burn out, they can be replaced whenever you are able. With that being said, if your light fixture frequently goes through new lightbulbs, you may want the service team to find out if you have an electrical issue. It’s smart to investigate if maintenance provides light bulbs in the event they need changing as special bulbs are required on occasion. Clogged pipes and toilets: When your toilet won’t flush, first try a plunger. You might also require some drain cleaning product to clear the stoppage from the drain. For snaking or leaks, contact the service staff to stay away from pipe damage. Air filters: Unless noted in your renter’s agreement, you're on the hook to replace the HVAC air filter. A dirty filter will limit airflow and negatively impact your HVAC performance. If you can't see through the filter, it's time for a replacement. Your maintenance team may supply and replace filters for you, so be sure to ask. Regular Cleaning: Sad to say, cleaning your Bloomington apartment is up to you. That goes for both your interior rooms and outdoor patio or balcony areas. Contact City Flats on Walnut To Request Your Apartment Tour A maintenance call is a breeze when your apartment complex hires skilled and friendly staff. Fortunately, you can get the perfect rental with fantastic people at City Flats on Walnut. Contact our leasing agents at 812-578-8827 to schedule a tour today!