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When To Call Maintenance In Your Carmel Apartment

October 08, 2020

Apartment building in Carmel 

Whether you rent a studio apartment, one-bedroom unit, or a larger apartment, it's only a matter of time 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 roof leaks and heating, justify a call, but what about those minor annoyances? Is there a need to request service for lighting outages or carpet damage? And should you attempt to repair issues yourself? 

Contact Maintenance For Your Carmel Apartment When These Issues Arise

Minor bathroom sink repair.

If you find a considerable concern – particularly something structural -- it's usually covered as part of your rental agreement. The following are ordinary complications you may find:

  • Water damage and leaks: If you see water coming in from the roof or you encounter a toilet overflow or faulty appliance that causes water damage within your unit, call for assistance promptly.

  • Furnace and AC problems: In the event your air conditioner crashes, or your furnace stops heating, it’s time to make the call. Even if it's pleasant outside, your HVAC should be fully functional.

  • Toilets, Sinks, and Showers: If you have a clogged toilet, try to plunge it yourself first. If that doesn't work, contact maintenance. Also, open a ticket for sink 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 have issues with any persistent pests -- like roaches, wasps, ants, or rodents – you will likely need your property manager to contact pest control professionals.

  • Appliance malfunctions: If your refrigerator has lost its cool or your oven burner refuses to work, you need to make the call. All appliances that came with your apartment are usually covered, but items you own – a microwave, toaster oven, mini fridge – is up to you to repair or replace.

  • Door and window damage: Your front and patio doors should close and lock properly. If damage or swelling stops them from closing easily, they require replacement. Windows should have the same expectations.

  • Wall and flooring concerns: If there is a hole in the wall or a chipped tile, contact the maintenance team. Fraying or torn carpet might require replacement, specifically if a tack is visible.


What Can You Repair?

Furnace filter being changed.

Not every situation merits a call for help. Despite the fact that some property management companies provide assistance with lightbulbs, smoke detector batteries, and filters, it may not always be convenient to adjust your schedule for a maintenance request for smaller issues. The following are some everyday undertakings that you can handle:
  • Replacing Light bulbs: When lights burn out, they could easily be exchanged whenever you are able. But keep in mind, if your light seems to churn through bulbs, you should reach out to the management staff to find out if you have an issue with your electricity. Make sure to investigate if maintenance provides light bulbs when they need changing as special bulbs are at times required.

  • Clogged toilets and drains: When your toilet won’t flush, your first step is a plunger. It’s also smart to have some Liquid-Plumr to remove the stoppage from the pipe. If a plunger won’t resolve the problem, contact the service staff to prevent damage to the pipes.

  • HVAC filters: Unless documented in the rental contract, you're responsible for replacing the HVAC air filter. Not switching it out will restrict airflow and impact your apartment’s comfort. If you no longer see light through the filter, it's time for a replacement. Your maintenance team may be willing to replace filters for you, so make sure you find out.

  • Cleaning: Sad to say, cleaning your Carmel apartment is up to you. Keep in mind you should clean your inside and outside patio areas.


Call The Legacy Towns and Flats To Schedule An Apartment Tour 

A maintenance call is a breeze when your rental property employs skilled and friendly staff. Thankfully, you can find a great place with great people at The Legacy Towns and Flats. Just call our leasing office at 317-674-1318 to request a tour today!