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When To Call Maintenance In Your Indianapolis Apartment

Whether you rent a multiple-bedroom, one-bedroom, or studio apartment, it's only a matter of time before you need a repair done. But, how do you know when to call maintenance in your Indianapolis apartment?

Without question, major issues, like heating and electrical trouble, are a no-brainer, but what about the smaller stuff? Do you also call in burnt-out lights or fraying carpet? 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 significant issue – especially one that's structural -- it's typically included in your renter’s agreement. Here’s a list of common issues you might experience:

  • Leaks and water infiltration: When you find water coming in from the roof or you experience a toilet overflow or faulty appliance leading to water damage, contact the maintenance staff promptly.

  • HVAC problems: If your AC no longer cools, or your furnace stops heating, it’s time to make the call. Even when it’s nice out, your HVAC should be operational.

  • Plumbing leaks and clogs: If the toilet won’t flush, try to plunge it yourself first. If you have no luck, contact maintenance. You should also request service for sink or shower drips.

  • Bugs: Some pests can get into your apartment by clinging to your clothing or your furry friend. But if you notice any persistent pests -- like roaches, wasps, ants, or rodents – you will likely need your apartment manager to send out a pest control expert.

  • Appliance breakdowns: If your freezer won't cool or your stove no longer heats, you need to make the call. Major appliances that were there when you moved in are typically covered, but items you own – a coffee machine, microwave, mini fridge – is up to you to repair or replace.

  • Window and door dilemmas: Your front and patio doors should close and lock properly. If water infiltration or damage from misuse stops them from easily functioning, they need to be replaced for safety reasons. Windows should have the same expectations.

  • Drywall, flooring, and other issues: If you spot drywall damage or a flooring concern, call maintenance for a repair. Fraying or torn carpet may need to be replaced, particularly if a tack is exposed.


What Should You Fix Yourself?

Furnace filter being changed.

Not every situation merits a call to maintenance. While some property management companies are willing to help with lightbulbs, smoke detector batteries, and filters, it may not always be convenient to arrange for a maintenance request for minor jobs. The following are some common issues that you can handle:
  • Light bulbs: When light bulbs fail, they can be replaced when you have time. However, if your light fixture seems to churn through light bulbs, you might ask the management staff to find out if you have an electrical issue. It’s smart to inquire if maintenance will provide light bulbs in the event they need changing as special bulbs are sometimes used.

  • Toilet and drain clogs: If your toilet is clogged, use a plunger first. Likewise, you may need some Liquid-Plumr to get the clog out of the drain. If you need a drain snake, call maintenance to avoid damage to the pipes.

  • Furnace filters: Unless specified in your contract, you're responsible for replacing the filter in your HVAC system. A dirty filter will restrict airflow and make your rooms uncomfortable. If the filter is opaque, it's time for a new one. Your maintenance team may be willing to replace filters for you, so check with them first.

  • Keep it Clean: Regrettably, cleaning your Indianapolis apartment is a job for you. And that includes your interior and exterior patio space.


Call StoneBridge Luxury Apartment Homes To Request Your Apartment Tour

Calling maintenance is a cinch when your apartment complex hires prompt and courteous professionals. Luckily, you can get the perfect rental with exceptional people at StoneBridge Luxury Apartment Homes. Contact our property team at 317-743-3314 to get started today!
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