Troubleshooting Tips for Chico Apartments Before You Call Maintenance

Posted by Jenna Redman

January 11, 2018

stove topA bonus to living in Chico apartments is that you have the option of calling maintenance when something stops working. The best part is that you don’t have to pay extra for asking them to switch out a broken burner or unclog a toilet.

The downside is that depending on how fast you get your request in and how fast they process it, it could take some time. If you select the option to only have them enter your apartment when you are home then that can further extend the wait time as opposed to allowing them in whenever they have a free moment.

Sometimes the issues you are experiencing are simple fixes that even you can do! Why wait a few days to get that toilet unclogged when you can do it now and have the freedom to use the bathroom whenever?

Here are some troubleshooting tips you can do yourself instead of relying on maintenance to have a slot free in their schedule.

1. Clogged Toilet

You aren’t the first person to have one, and you certainly won’t be the last. Since this is a common issue it’s important to know how you can unclog it without the help of maintenance. The HuffPost has great step by step instructions that tell you what products can be used to break up the toilet paper without using a plunger along with a video on how to unclog it with a plunger. If neither of these tricks does the job it’s probably time to bite the bullet and put in that request to maintenance.  

2. Toilet Seat Cover Loose

Have you ever sat on the toilet and just felt like it was going to throw you off again? Going to the bathroom should not require the ability to balance like a pro gymnast. Don’t worry though, it is a super simple fix and doesn’t require a degree in plumbing. All you need is a screwdriver. There are two plastic bolts located on the back of your toilet seat that will have a cover on them. Pop the cover off and turn the bolt clockwise. If it just keeps spinning then check out what other tool you’ll need in order to lock it down!

3. New Shower Head*

The water pressure too much or too little on your current shower head? Go out to the hardware store and get yourself a new one! Make sure to buy an adjustable wrench and plumber tape if you don’t have those handy as you will need them to complete the switch to a nice new shower head. Click here for the full instructions on how to replace your shower head and finally start to enjoy those showers. *Before installing we recommend checking with your manager first to ensure the type of shower head you buy is okay to install in your particular apartment.

4. Clogged Garbage Disposal

Forget what could and couldn’t go into the garbage disposal in Chico apartments and now it’s clogged? It’s alright, it happens. You can easily call maintenance and wait for them to fix it or you could give the Unclog Garbage Disposal for Dummies a try and fix it all on your own. Just make sure to read the list of scraps that can go down the garbage disposal and the list of foods you should never stick in your garbage disposal.

5. Squeaky Doors

Squeaky doors are never fun to deal with when all you want to do is sleep and your roommate keeps getting up to use the bathroom. The simplest way to fix it is to purchase some WD-40 and spray it on the hinges until the squeaking stops, be warned that it does have a smell to it for a while. If you don’t feel like dealing with the smell of WD-40 then here are four other ways to stop that squeak!

6. Burner Not Working

Now this one is a bit tricky, but easily doable! Sometimes when a burner isn’t working there could be something wrong with the connection. Located your breaker and find the one that connects to your stove and flip it off. Wait a few minutes before flipping it on again, then go check to see if your burner turns on. If it still isn’t working then it is more than likely in need of replacing and it’s best to call maintenance.

7. Light Bulb Out

If you see that a regular light bulb is out in your apartment you can absolutely go get a new one and change it yourself. If you aren’t sure what kind of bulb is the correct kind then take the bulb with you to the hardware store and ask a store representative to help you!

Of course, if you don’t want to do any of these by yourself and are willing to wait then feel free to put in a maintenance request and they will come out when they have an opening. Not sure if your issue is something maintenance in Chico apartments will cover? Download our Guide to Apartment Living and gain knowledge on some of the tasks maintenance does. You’ll get some tips on decorating, safety precautions, renter responsibilities and more!

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