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When To Call Maintenance In Your Indianapolis Apartment

October 08, 2020

Apartment building in Indianapolis 

It doesn’t matter if you rent a studio apartment, one-bedroom unit, or a larger apartment, chances are it won’t be long before you need something fixed. But, are you sure you know when to call maintenance in your Indianapolis apartment?

Sure, big concerns, like HVAC and water leaks, justify a call, but what about those minor annoyances? Do you also request service for lighting outages or carpet damage? And should you attempt to repair issues yourself? 

Call Maintenance For Your Indianapolis Apartment When Faced With These Problems

Minor bathroom sink repair.

If you come across a major problem – primarily those of a structural nature -- it's commonly covered per your renter’s agreement. Here’s a list of ordinary complications a renter might encounter:

  • Leaking and water damage: When you find water entering from the floor above you or you experience a toilet overflow or faulty appliance that may cause water damage within your unit, notify maintenance immediately.

  • Heating and cooling problems: If your AC no longer cools, or your heat won't turn on, go ahead and call maintenance. Even during comfortable weather, your HVAC should be fully functional.

  • Toilets, Sinks, and Showers: If the toilet won’t flush, try to plunge it yourself first. If your efforts fail, call for help. You should also get assistance for those persistent kitchen, bathroom or shower drips.

  • Pest control: It’s common for pests to enter your apartment by clinging to your shoes or your pet's coat. But if you encounter any infiltrating insects and pests -- like cockroaches, mice, or ants – you will likely need your maintenance staff to send out a pest control expert.

  • Appliance breakdowns: If your freezer won't cool or your stove no longer heats, you should contact maintenance. All appliances that came with your apartment are typically covered, but smaller appliances you brought in – a coffee machine, microwave, mini fridge – is your responsibility.

  • Faulty doors or windows: Your front and patio doors should function as intended. If water infiltration or damage from misuse keeps them from closing easily, they should be replaced. Windows should also open, close, and lock as expected.

  • Wall and flooring concerns: If you spot damage to a wall or a potentially dangerous flooring concern, contact the maintenance team. Worn or fraying carpet might need replacing, specifically if a tack is visible.


What Can You Repair?

Furnace filter being changed.

Not every issue merits calling maintenance. Although some property managers are willing to help with a range of small jobs like lightbulb replacement, it may not always be convenient to adjust your schedule for a service for minor jobs. These are some everyday undertakings that you could do yourself:
  • Lighting: When light bulbs are burned out, they could conveniently be exchanged when you have time. However, if your light fixture seems to churn through light bulbs, you might ask maintenance 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 less common kinds are at times required.

  • Clogged toilets and drains: If your toilet is clogged, use a plunger first. You might also require some drain cleaner to clear the hair from the pipe. If a plunger won’t resolve the problem, touch base with maintenance to stay away from damage to the pipes.

  • Furnace filters: Unless noted in your renter’s agreement, you're on the hook to replace the filter in your HVAC system. A dirty filter will restrict airflow and make your rooms uncomfortable. If you no longer see light through the filter, it's time for a change. The maintenance staff may provide or change filters for you, so be sure to ask.

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


Contact Linden Square Village Apartments To Request Your Apartment Tour 

A maintenance call is a breeze when your apartment community hires friendly, knowledgeable staff. Thankfully, you can find a great place with great people at Linden Square Village Apartments. Just call our property team at 317-333-6914 to schedule a tour today!