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When To Call Maintenance In Your Carmel Apartment

October 08, 2020

Apartment building in Carmel 

It doesn’t matter if you rent a studio apartment, one-bedroom unit, or a larger apartment, it may be less time than you think before you need a repair done. But, are you sure you know when to call maintenance in your Carmel apartment?

Without question, major issues, like heating and electrical trouble, are a no-brainer, but what about minor issues? Is there a need to request service for burnt-out lights or fraying carpet? At what point should you fix items yourself? 

Call Maintenance For Your Carmel Apartment When These Issues Arise

Minor bathroom sink repair.

If you come across a considerable concern – primarily those of a structural nature -- it's commonly covered per your rental agreement. Here’s a list of frequently seen difficulties you might experience:

  • Leaking and water damage: If you see water coming in from the floor above you or you experience an overflowing toilet or appliance that causes water damage, notify maintenance promptly.

  • Furnace and AC problems: If your air conditioning stops blowing, or your furnace stops heating, it’s time to make the call. Even during comfortable weather, your heating and cooling should be fully functional.

  • Faulty plumbing: If the toilet won’t flush, your first step is to use a plunger. If your efforts fail, call for help. You should also request service for dripping sinks or shower fixtures.

  • Bugs: In many cases, pests get in by hitching a ride on your shoes or your pet's coat. But if you have issues with any infiltrating insects and pests -- like ants, mice, or wasps – you will likely need your maintenance staff to contact an exterminator.

  • Appliance breakdowns: If your fridge no longer cools or your stove no longer heats, you should contact maintenance. All appliances that came with your apartment are typically covered, but items you own – a coffee machine, microwave, mini fridge – is under your control.

  • Window and door dilemmas: Your entry and sliding patio doors must lock and close appropriately. If water infiltration or damage from misuse keeps them from closing easily, they should be replaced. Windows should have the same expectations.

  • Wall and flooring concerns: If you spot damage to a wall or a potentially dangerous flooring concern, call maintenance for a repair. Fraying or torn carpet may need to be replaced, specifically if a tack is visible.


What Should You Fix Yourself?

Furnace filter being changed.

Not every issue merits calling maintenance. Although some property management companies are willing to help with various light tasks like replacing filters, it’s not always convenient to have to schedule a maintenance request for minor jobs. The following are some everyday undertakings that you can handle:
  • Replacing Light bulbs: When lights burn out, they could conveniently be replaced whenever you are able. But keep in mind, if your lighting installation appears to burn through light bulbs, you should reach out to the management staff to see if you have electrical problems. Be sure to inquire if maintenance supplies light bulbs if they need changing as specific types are at times required.

  • Clogged toilets and drains: When your toilet won’t flush, first try a plunger. It’s also smart to have some drain cleaning product to clear the clog from the pipe. For snaking or leaks, call maintenance to stay away from pipe damage.

  • HVAC filters: Unless noted in your renter’s agreement, you're responsible for replacing the filter in your HVAC system. Not switching it out 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 technicians may supply and replace filters for you, so make sure you find out.

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


Call Midtown Flats To Schedule An Apartment Tour 

Calling maintenance is a cinch when your apartment complex has skilled and friendly staff. Luckily, you can get the perfect rental with great people at Midtown Flats. Contact our property team at 317-597-4596 to get started today!