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When To Call Maintenance In Your Broad Ripple Apartment

October 08, 2020

Apartment building in Broad Ripple 

Whether you rent a multiple-bedroom, one-bedroom, or studio apartment, it's only a matter of time before you need something fixed. But, do you know when to call maintenance in your Broad Ripple apartment?

Sure, major issues, like HVAC and water leaks, need to be reported, but what about minor issues? Is there a need to call in burnt-out lights or fraying carpet? At what point should you fix things yourself? 

Call Maintenance For Your Broad Ripple Apartment If You See These Issues

Minor bathroom sink repair.

If you come across a considerable concern – particularly something structural -- it's typically included in your renter’s agreement. Here are the most common issues you may find:

  • Leaking and water damage: If you see water coming in from the floor above you or you encounter a malfunctioning toilet or fridge that causes water damage, call for assistance promptly.

  • Heating and cooling problems: If your AC no longer cools, or your furnace stops heating, go ahead and call maintenance. Even when it’s nice out, your heating and cooling should be operational.

  • Toilets, Sinks, and Showers: If you have a clogged toilet, try to plunge it yourself first. If you have no luck, contact maintenance. You should also request service for dripping sinks or shower fixtures.

  • Bugs: Some pests can get into your apartment by hitching a ride on your shoes or your pet. But if you notice any persistent pests -- like cockroaches, mice, or ants – you will likely need your apartment manager to contact an exterminator.

  • Appliance breakdowns: If your freezer won't cool or your stove no longer heats, it's time to call maintenance. Appliances that are part of the apartment are typically covered, but smaller appliances you brought in – a toaster, microwave, washer/dryer – is up to you to repair or replace.

  • Faulty doors or windows: Your front and patio doors must lock and close appropriately. If swelling, water, or basic wear-and-tear stops them from easily functioning, they should be replaced. Windows should also open, close, and lock as expected.

  • Drywall, flooring, and other issues: If there is drywall damage or a flooring concern, call maintenance for a repair. Worn or fraying carpet might require replacement, especially if it exposes a carpet tack.


What Should You Fix Yourself?

Furnace filter being changed.

Not every situation merits calling maintenance. While some property management companies provide assistance with lightbulbs, smoke detector batteries, and filters, it’s often less convenient to have to schedule a maintenance request for smaller issues. The following are some everyday undertakings that could take a DIY approach:
  • Replacing Light bulbs: When light bulbs are burned out, they could easily be exchanged when you have time. With that being said, if your light fixture seems to churn through light bulbs, you may want the service team to check if you have an issue with your electricity. Make sure to investigate if maintenance will provide light bulbs if they need to be replaced as less common kinds are sometimes used.

  • Clogged pipes and toilets: If your toilet is clogged, use a plunger first. Likewise, you may need some Liquid-Plumr to clear the clog from the pipe. For snaking or leaks, contact the service staff to prevent pipe damage.

  • HVAC filters: Unless noted in the rental contract, you're on the hook to replace the filter in your HVAC system. Not switching it out will reduce the flow of air and negatively impact your HVAC performance. If you can't see through the filter, it's time for a new one. Your maintenance team may be willing to replace filters for you, so make sure you find out.

  • Cleaning: Regrettably, cleaning your Broad Ripple apartment is up to you. Keep in mind you should clean your interior and exterior patio space.


Call Park 66 Flats To Schedule An Apartment Tour 

Calling maintenance is a cinch when your rental property employs prompt and courteous professionals. Thankfully, you can live in a fantastic place with fantastic people at Park 66 Flats. Contact our property team at 317-820-2209 to get started today!