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When To Call Maintenance In Your Indianapolis Apartment

October 08, 2020

Apartment building in Indianapolis 

If you rent a multiple-bedroom, one-bedroom, or studio apartment, chances are it won’t be long before you need a repair done. But, are you sure you know when to call maintenance in your Indianapolis apartment?

Without question, major issues, like heating and electrical trouble, need to be reported, but what about the smaller stuff? Should you call in lighting outages or carpet damage? At what point should you repair issues yourself? 

Request Service For Your Indianapolis Apartment If You See These Issues

Minor bathroom sink repair.

If you find a considerable concern – especially one that's structural -- it's usually covered as part of your rental agreement. Here’s a list of ordinary complications you may find:

  • Water damage and leaks: When you find water entering from the floor above you or you have a malfunctioning toilet or fridge leading to water damage within your unit, call for assistance without hesitation.

  • HVAC problems: In the event your air conditioner crashes, or your furnace stops heating, contact your maintenance professional. Even during comfortable weather, your AC and furnace should be fully functional.

  • Plumbing leaks and clogs: If you have a clogged toilet, try to plunge it yourself first. If your efforts fail, contact maintenance. You should also get assistance for those persistent kitchen, bathroom or shower drips.

  • Bugs: It’s common for pests to enter your apartment by clinging to your shoes or your furry friend. But if you have issues with any infiltrating insects and pests -- like ants, mice, or wasps – it’s likely time for your property manager to contact an exterminator.

  • Broken appliances: If your refrigerator has lost its cool or your stove no longer heats, you should contact maintenance. Appliances that are part of the apartment are usually covered, but anything you brought with you – a toaster, microwave, washer/dryer – is your responsibility.

  • Window and door dilemmas: Your front and patio doors should function as intended. If swelling, water, or basic wear-and-tear prevents them from shutting with minimal effort, they should be replaced. Windows should have the same expectations.

  • Drywall or flooring issues: If you find damage to a wall or a potentially dangerous flooring concern, reach out to maintenance. Fraying or torn carpet might require replacement, particularly if a tack is exposed.


What Can You Repair?

Furnace filter being changed.

Not every situation merits a call for help. Despite the fact that some property management companies are willing to help with a range of small jobs like lightbulb replacement, it’s often less convenient to arrange for a maintenance request for low-stress tasks. The following are some routine chores that you could do yourself:
  • Replacing Light bulbs: When lights burn out, they could conveniently be replaced at your leisure. But keep in mind, if your light seems to churn through bulbs, you might ask the management staff to check if you have an issue with your electricity. Be sure to ask if maintenance will provide light bulbs when they need to be replaced as special bulbs are required on occasion.

  • Clogged pipes and toilets: When your toilet won’t flush, first try a plunger. Likewise, you may need some drain cleaning product to remove the clog from the drain. If you need a drain snake, call maintenance to avoid damaging the pipes.

  • Air filters: Unless documented in the rental contract, you're responsible for replacing the furnace filter. Failing to do so will restrict airflow and make your rooms uncomfortable. If you can't see through the filter, it's time for a change. The maintenance staff may provide or change filters for you, so make sure you find out.

  • Regular Cleaning: Sad to say, cleaning your Indianapolis apartment is your responsibility. And that includes your interior and exterior patio space.


Call Riverview Apartments To Request Your Apartment Tour 

A call to maintenance is easy when your rental property employs skilled and friendly staff. Thankfully, you can live in a fantastic place with great people at Riverview Apartments. Just call our leasing agents at 317-751-4053 to get started today!