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When To Call Maintenance In Your Carmel Apartment

Whether you rent a multiple-bedroom, one-bedroom, or studio apartment, it may be less time than you think before you need something fixed. But, are you sure you know when to call maintenance in your Carmel apartment?

Of Course, significant problems, like roof leaks and heating, are a no-brainer, but what about those minor annoyances? Is there a need to call in lighting outages or carpet damage? And should you attempt to fix things yourself? 

Call Maintenance For Your Carmel Apartment When These Issues Arise

Minor bathroom sink repair.

When you discover a considerable concern – particularly something structural -- it's typically included in your renter’s agreement. Here’s a list of frequently seen difficulties you may find:

  • Leaks and water infiltration: If you discover water entering from the apartment above or you have an overflowing toilet or appliance that may cause water damage in your apartment, call for assistance immediately.

  • HVAC problems: If your air conditioning stops blowing, or your furnace stops heating, contact your maintenance professional. Even when it’s nice out, your AC and furnace should still work correctly.

  • Toilets, Sinks, and Showers: If the toilet won’t flush, attempt to clear it with your plunger. If that doesn't work, call for help. You should also request service for those persistent kitchen, bathroom or shower drips.

  • Pest control: It’s common for pests to enter your apartment by hitching a ride on your shoes or your pet's coat. But if you notice any infiltrating insects and pests -- like roaches, wasps, ants, or rodents – it's the perfect time for your property manager to send out a pest control expert.

  • Appliance malfunctions: If your refrigerator has lost its cool 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 coffee machine, microwave, mini fridge – is under your control.

  • Faulty doors or windows: All exterior doors should close and lock properly. If swelling, water, or basic wear-and-tear stops them from closing easily, they need to be replaced for safety reasons. Windows should also open, close, and lock as expected.

  • Drywall or flooring issues: If you spot a hole in the wall or a chipped tile, call maintenance for a repair. Fraying or torn carpet may need to be replaced, particularly if a tack is exposed.

 

What Jobs Should You Do?

Furnace filter being changed.

Not every problem merits calling 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 service for minor jobs. The following are some common issues that could take a DIY approach:
  • Light bulbs: When light bulbs fail, they could conveniently be replaced whenever you are able. But keep in mind, if your light seems to churn through bulbs, you might ask the management staff to check if you have an electrical issue. Be sure to investigate if maintenance will provide light bulbs in the event they need to be changed as special bulbs are at times required.

  • Clogged pipes and toilets: When your toilet won’t flush, use a plunger first. Likewise, you may need some drain cleaner to remove the hair from the drain. If you need a drain snake, contact the service staff to avoid pipe damage.

  • Furnace filters: Unless noted in the rental contract, you're on the hook to replace the HVAC air filter. A dirty filter will reduce the flow of air and impact your apartment’s comfort. If you can't see through the filter, it's time for a change. Your maintenance team may be willing to replace filters for you, so be sure to ask.

  • Cleaning: Unfortunately, cleaning your Carmel apartment is up to you. That goes for both your interior and exterior patio space.

 

Contact Lakeside Apartments To Book Your Apartment Tour

 
A maintenance call is easy when your apartment complex has friendly, knowledgeable staff. Luckily, you can get the perfect rental with great people at Lakeside Apartments. Contact our property team at 317-344-8491 to schedule a tour today!
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