When To Call Maintenance In Your Bloomington Apartment 10/08/2020 Whether you rent a studio, one-bedroom, or multi-bedroom apartment, it's only a matter of time 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 the smaller stuff? Should you request service for lighting outages or carpet damage? And should you attempt to fix things yourself? Contact Maintenance For Your Bloomington Apartment When These Issues Arise When you discover a significant issue – primarily those of a structural nature -- it's commonly covered per your rental agreement. The following are common issues you might experience: Water damage and leaks: If you see water entering from the floor above you or you experience a toilet overflow or faulty appliance leading to water damage within your unit, contact the maintenance staff promptly. 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 when it’s nice out, your HVAC should still work correctly. Plumbing leaks and clogs: When the toilet is clogged, attempt to clear it with your plunger. If you have no luck, contact maintenance. You should also get assistance for dripping sinks or shower fixtures. Insects and unwanted guests: It’s common for pests to enter your apartment by attaching to your your clothing or your pet. But if you encounter any persistent pests -- like roaches, wasps, ants, or rodents – it’s likely time for your property manager to contact an exterminator. Broken appliances: If your freezer won't cool or your oven burner refuses to work, it's time to call maintenance. Appliances that are part of the 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 should close and lock properly. If water infiltration or damage from misuse keeps them from closing easily, they should be replaced. Windows should also open, close, and lock as expected. Wall and flooring concerns: If you spot a hole in the wall or a chipped tile, contact the maintenance team. Fraying or torn carpet may need to be replaced, specifically if a tack is visible. What Can You Repair? Not every situation necessitates a call to maintenance. While some rental companies are willing to help with a range of small jobs like lightbulb replacement, it’s not always convenient to have to schedule 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 switched out at your leisure. But keep in mind, if your light appears to burn through light bulbs, you might ask the service team to check if you have an issue with your electricity. Make sure to ask if maintenance will provide light bulbs if they need to be replaced as less common kinds are at times required. 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 hair from the drain. For snaking or leaks, contact the service staff to prevent damage to the pipes. Furnace filters: Unless documented in your contract, you're responsible for replacing the filter in your HVAC system. Failing to do so 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. Cleaning: Sad to say, cleaning your Bloomington apartment is up to you. And that includes your interior rooms and outdoor patio or balcony areas. Call Echo Park Bloomington Apartments To Schedule An Apartment Tour A maintenance call is easy when your apartment community hires skilled and friendly staff. Luckily, you can get the perfect rental with fantastic people at Echo Park Bloomington Apartments. Contact our leasing agents at 812-578-7394 to schedule a tour today!