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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, chances are it won’t be long before you need a repair done. But, do you know when to call maintenance in your Bloomington apartment?

Sure, big concerns, like HVAC and water leaks, need to be reported, but what about minor issues? Should you request service for lighting outages or carpet damage? And should you attempt to fix things yourself? 

Contact Maintenance For Your Bloomington Apartment If You See These Issues

Minor bathroom sink repair.

When you discover a major problem – primarily those of a structural nature -- it's commonly covered per your renter’s agreement. The following are common issues you might experience:

  • Water damage and leaks: If you see water coming in from the floor above you or you experience a toilet overflow or faulty appliance that causes water damage in your apartment, contact the maintenance staff immediately.

  • Furnace and AC problems: If your AC no longer cools, or your heat won't turn on, it’s time to make the call. Even if it's pleasant outside, your AC and furnace should still work correctly.

  • Plumbing leaks and clogs: If you have a clogged toilet, attempt to clear it with your plunger. If that doesn't work, then give maintenance a call. You should also get assistance for sink or shower drips.

  • Insects and unwanted guests: It’s common for pests to enter your apartment by hitching a ride on your clothing or your pet. But if you encounter any troublesome critters -- like roaches, wasps, ants, or rodents – it's the perfect time for your property manager to send out a pest control expert.

  • Broken appliances: If your freezer won't cool or your oven burner refuses to work, you should contact maintenance. All appliances that came with your apartment are usually covered, but anything you brought with you – a coffee machine, microwave, mini fridge – is up to you to repair or replace.

  • Faulty doors or windows: Your entry and sliding patio doors must lock and close appropriately. If water infiltration or damage from misuse keeps them from closing easily, they require replacement. The same goes for windows.

  • Drywall or flooring issues: If you spot drywall damage or a flooring concern, contact the maintenance team. Fraying or torn carpet might need replacing, specifically if a tack is visible.

 

What Should You Fix Yourself?

Furnace filter being changed.

Not every situation necessitates calling maintenance. Although some rental companies are willing to help with a range of small jobs like lightbulb replacement, it’s not always convenient to arrange for a maintenance request for minor jobs. Here are some common issues that could take a DIY approach:
  • Replacing Light bulbs: When lights burn out, they can be replaced at your leisure. However, if your light fixture appears to burn through bulbs, you may want maintenance to see if you have an issue with your electricity. Be sure to ask if maintenance will provide light bulbs if they need to be replaced as less common kinds are sometimes used.

  • Clogged pipes and toilets: When your toilet won’t flush, use a plunger first. You might also require some drain cleaning product to remove the clog out of the drain. If you need a drain snake, contact the service staff to avoid damage to the pipes.

  • Air filters: Unless documented in your contract, you're responsible for replacing the filter in your HVAC system. Not switching it out will restrict airflow and make your rooms uncomfortable. If you no longer see light through the filter, it's time for a change. The maintenance staff may provide or change filters for you, so check with them first.

  • Keep it Clean: Unfortunately, cleaning your Bloomington apartment is your responsibility. And that includes your interior rooms and outdoor patio or balcony areas.

 

Call Echo Park Bloomington Apartments To Schedule An Apartment Tour 

A call to maintenance is a cinch when your apartment community has skilled and friendly staff. Luckily, you can find a great place with fantastic people at Echo Park Bloomington Apartments. Just call our leasing agents at 812-578-7394 to get started today!