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When To Call Maintenance In Your Westfield Apartment

October 08, 2020

Apartment building in Westfield 

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 require a repair. But, are you sure you know when to call maintenance in your Westfield apartment?

Sure, significant problems, like heating and electrical trouble, justify a call, but what about the smaller stuff? Do you also call in burned-out lighting or frayed carpeting? At what point should you fix things yourself? 

Call Maintenance For Your Westfield Apartment If You See These Issues

Minor bathroom sink repair.

If you find a major problem – particularly something structural -- it's typically included in your tenant agreement. The following are frequently seen difficulties you may find:

  • Leaks and water infiltration: When you find a leak from the roof or you encounter a malfunctioning toilet or fridge leading to water damage in your apartment, contact the maintenance staff immediately.

  • Furnace and AC problems: In the event your air conditioner crashes, or your furnace fails, contact your maintenance professional. Even if it's pleasant outside, 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, call for help. Also, open a ticket for those persistent kitchen, bathroom or shower drips.

  • Bugs: Some pests can get into your apartment by hitching a ride on your clothing or your pet's coat. But if you encounter any infiltrating insects and pests -- like ants, mice, or wasps – it's the perfect time for your maintenance staff to contact an exterminator.

  • Appliance breakdowns: If your refrigerator has lost its cool or your oven burner refuses to work, it's time to call maintenance. All appliances that came with your apartment are typically 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 swelling, water, or basic wear-and-tear stops them from closing easily, they should be replaced. Windows should also open, close, and lock as expected.

  • Drywall, flooring, and other issues: If there is drywall damage or a flooring concern, call maintenance for a repair. Worn or fraying carpet might require replacement, specifically if a tack is visible.


What Should You Fix Yourself?

Furnace filter being changed.

Not every problem warrants a call for help. Although some property managers are willing to help with lightbulbs, smoke detector batteries, and filters, it’s not always convenient to arrange for a service for low-stress tasks. These are some common issues that could take a DIY approach:
  • Replacing Light bulbs: When light bulbs fail, they could easily be exchanged whenever you are able. With that being said, if your lighting installation appears to burn through bulbs, you may want maintenance to find out if you have an issue with your electricity. Make sure to ask if maintenance will provide light bulbs if they need to be changed as less common kinds are required on occasion.

  • Clogged pipes and toilets: 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 drain. For snaking or leaks, touch base with maintenance to stay away from damaging the pipes.

  • Furnace filters: Unless noted in your renter’s agreement, you're responsible for replacing the HVAC air filter. Failing to do so will restrict airflow and negatively impact your HVAC performance. If you can't see through the filter, it's time for a new one. Your maintenance technicians may be willing to replace filters for you, so be sure to ask.

  • Cleaning: Regrettably, cleaning your Westfield apartment is a job for you. That goes for both your interior and exterior patio space.


Call Union Street Flats To Request Your Apartment Tour 

Calling maintenance is a breeze when your rental property hires friendly, knowledgeable staff. Luckily, you can get the perfect rental with great people at Union Street Flats. Simply reach out to our property team at (317) 942-3629 to schedule a tour today!