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When To Call Maintenance In Your Lafayette Apartment

October 08, 2020

Apartment building in Lafayette 

If you rent a multiple-bedroom, one-bedroom, or studio apartment, it's only a matter of time before you need something fixed. But, do you know when to call maintenance in your Lafayette apartment?

Without question, significant problems, like roof leaks and heating, justify a call, but what about minor issues? Do you also call in lighting outages or carpet damage? At what point should you fix things yourself? 

Request Service For Your Lafayette Apartment When Faced With These Problems

Minor bathroom sink repair.

If you come across a significant issue – primarily those of a structural nature -- it's typically included in your tenant agreement. Here’s a list of ordinary complications you might experience:

  • Leaking and water damage: When you find water coming in from the roof or you experience a malfunctioning toilet or fridge that causes water damage within your unit, notify maintenance promptly.

  • Heating and cooling problems: If your AC no longer cools, or your furnace stops heating, contact your maintenance professional. Even when it’s nice out, your heating and cooling should be fully functional.

  • Plumbing leaks and clogs: If the toilet won’t flush, your first step is to use a plunger. If that doesn't work, contact maintenance. You should also get assistance for dripping sinks or shower fixtures.

  • Insects and unwanted guests: Some pests can get into your apartment by hitching a ride on your clothing or your furry friend. But if you have issues with any infiltrating insects and pests -- like ants, mice, or wasps – you will likely need your maintenance staff to contact an exterminator.

  • Broken appliances: 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 are usually covered, but smaller appliances you brought in – a microwave, toaster oven, mini fridge – is under your control.

  • Window and door dilemmas: Your front and patio doors must lock and close appropriately. If water infiltration or damage from misuse prevents them from shutting with minimal effort, they should be replaced. Windows should also open, close, and lock as expected.

  • Wall and flooring concerns: If you spot drywall damage or a flooring concern, contact the maintenance team. Frayed carpet might need replacing, specifically if a tack is visible.


What Should You Fix Yourself?

Furnace filter being changed.

Not every situation merits a call for help. Despite the fact that some property managers are willing to help with lightbulbs, smoke detector batteries, and filters, it’s often less convenient to arrange for a maintenance request for smaller issues. The following are some routine chores that could take a DIY approach:
  • Light bulbs: When light bulbs fail, they could conveniently be switched out whenever you are able. However, if your lighting installation frequently goes through light bulbs, you may want maintenance to see if you have an issue with your electricity. Be sure to ask if maintenance provides light bulbs if they need changing as special bulbs are required on occasion.

  • Clogged pipes and toilets: If your toilet is clogged, first try a plunger. Likewise, you may need some drain cleaning product to clear the stoppage out of the drain. For snaking or leaks, touch base with maintenance to stay away from damage to the pipes.

  • Air filters: Unless documented in the rental contract, you're in charge of replacing the furnace filter. Failing to do so will reduce the flow of air and make your rooms uncomfortable. If you no longer see light through the filter, it's time for a change. The maintenance staff may be willing to replace filters for you, so make sure you find out.

  • Cleaning: Regrettably, cleaning your Lafayette apartment is a job for you. That goes for both your interior rooms and outdoor patio or balcony areas.


Call Precedent Flats To Schedule An Apartment Tour 

A call to maintenance is a breeze when your rental property hires skilled and friendly staff. Fortunately, you can live in a fantastic place with great people at Precedent Flats. Just call our leasing office at 765-771-7085 to schedule a tour today!