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When To Call Maintenance In Your Bloomington Apartment

October 08, 2020

Apartment building in Bloomington 

It doesn’t matter if you rent a studio, one-bedroom, or multi-bedroom apartment, it's only a matter of time before you require a repair. But, are you sure you know when to call maintenance in your Bloomington apartment?

Sure, significant problems, like roof leaks and heating, are a no-brainer, but what about the smaller stuff? Is there a need to call in lighting outages or carpet damage? And should you attempt to fix items yourself? 

Request Service For Your Bloomington Apartment When Faced With These Problems

Minor bathroom sink repair.

If you find a significant issue – particularly something structural -- it's usually covered as part of your tenant agreement. The following are ordinary complications you might experience:

  • Water damage and leaks: When you find water coming in from the roof or you encounter a malfunctioning toilet or fridge that causes water damage within your unit, contact the maintenance staff without hesitation.

  • HVAC problems: If your air conditioning stops blowing, or your furnace fails, go ahead and call maintenance. Even when it’s nice out, your HVAC should still work correctly.

  • Toilets, Sinks, and Showers: When the toilet is clogged, try to plunge it yourself first. If that doesn't work, then give maintenance a call. 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 encounter any troublesome critters -- like ants, mice, or wasps – you will likely need your apartment manager to contact pest control professionals.

  • Appliance breakdowns: If your fridge no longer cools 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 damage or swelling stops them from easily functioning, they require replacement. Windows should also open, close, and lock as expected.

  • Drywall or flooring issues: If there is damage to a wall or a potentially dangerous flooring concern, contact the maintenance team. Frayed carpet might need replacing, specifically if a tack is visible.


What Should You Fix Yourself?

Furnace filter being changed.

Not every situation merits a call to maintenance. While some property management companies 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 for low-stress tasks. These are some common issues that you can handle:
  • Lighting: When lights burn out, they could easily be replaced whenever you are able. With that being said, if your light fixture frequently goes through new lightbulbs, you may want maintenance to find out if you have electrical problems. 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. Likewise, you may need some drain cleaning product to clear the stoppage from the drain. If you need a drain snake, contact the service staff to stay away from pipe damage.

  • Furnace 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 the filter is opaque, it's time for a replacement. Your maintenance team may provide or change filters for you, so be sure to ask.

  • Regular Cleaning: Sad to say, cleaning your Bloomington apartment is up to you. And that includes your interior rooms and outdoor patio or balcony areas.


Contact City Flats on Walnut To Request Your Apartment Tour 

A call to maintenance is a breeze when your apartment complex has skilled and friendly staff. Fortunately, you can find a great place with fantastic people at City Flats on Walnut. Just call our leasing agents at 812-578-8827 to schedule a tour today!