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When To Call Maintenance In Your Bloomington Apartment

October 08, 2020

Apartment building in Bloomington 

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, how do you know when to call maintenance in your Bloomington apartment?

Without question, major issues, like heating and electrical trouble, need to be reported, but what about minor issues? Is there a need to call in lighting outages or carpet damage? And should you attempt to repair issues yourself? 

Request Service For Your Bloomington Apartment When Faced With These Problems

Minor bathroom sink repair.

When you discover a considerable concern – particularly something structural -- it's usually covered as part of your rental agreement. The following are common issues you may find:

  • Leaking and water damage: If you discover water coming in from the apartment above or you have a toilet overflow or faulty appliance that may cause water damage within your unit, contact the maintenance staff promptly.

  • Furnace and AC problems: In the event your air conditioner crashes, or your furnace fails, go ahead and call maintenance. Even when it’s nice out, your AC and furnace should be operational.

  • Toilets, Sinks, and Showers: If you have a clogged toilet, your first step is to use a plunger. If that doesn't work, then give maintenance a call. You should also request service for sink or shower drips.

  • Insects and unwanted guests: It’s common for pests to enter your apartment by clinging to your shoes or your pet. But if you have issues with any infiltrating insects and pests -- like cockroaches, mice, or ants – it’s likely time for your apartment manager to contact pest control professionals.

  • Appliance malfunctions: If your freezer won't cool or your stove no longer heats, you need to make the call. All appliances that came with your apartment should be covered, but smaller appliances you brought in – a microwave, toaster oven, mini fridge – is your responsibility.

  • Window and door dilemmas: All exterior doors must lock and close appropriately. If swelling, water, or basic wear-and-tear keeps them from closing easily, they should be replaced. Windows should have the same expectations.

  • Wall and flooring concerns: If you spot a hole in the wall or a chipped tile, reach out to maintenance. Frayed carpet might need replacing, especially if it exposes a carpet tack.


What Can You Repair?

Furnace filter being changed.

Not every situation necessitates a call to maintenance. Despite the fact that some property managers offer aid with lightbulbs, smoke detector batteries, and filters, it’s not always convenient to have to schedule a maintenance request for smaller issues. The following are some everyday undertakings that you can handle:
  • Light bulbs: When light bulbs fail, they could easily be replaced at your leisure. However, if your light fixture appears to burn through light bulbs, you may want the management staff to see if you have an electrical issue. It’s smart to investigate if maintenance supplies light bulbs if they need to be changed as special bulbs are required on occasion.

  • Clogged pipes and toilets: If the toilet stops flushing properly, use a plunger first. You might also require some Liquid-Plumr to clear the hair out of the drain. If a plunger won’t resolve the problem, call maintenance to prevent damage to the pipes.

  • Furnace filters: Unless documented in your renter’s agreement, you're on the hook to replace the filter in your HVAC system. Failing to do so will limit airflow and make your rooms uncomfortable. If you can't see through the filter, it's time for a replacement. Your maintenance technicians may be willing to replace filters for you, so be sure to ask.

  • Regular Cleaning: Unfortunately, cleaning your Bloomington apartment is your responsibility. Keep in mind you should clean your interior rooms and outdoor patio or balcony areas.


Contact City Flats at Renwick To Schedule An Apartment Tour 

Calling maintenance is easy when your apartment community hires friendly, knowledgeable staff. Thankfully, you can find a great place with great people at City Flats at Renwick. Contact our leasing agents at 812-578-7432 to schedule a tour today!