There are some things that you as a tenant can do to help prevent having to make an urgent maintenance request to Property Management.
Make sure A/C filters are changed on a regular basis, but especially during the winter months. Fine lint is highly combustible and can cause extensive damage if it is left in place and gets ignited.
Gas Stoves or Heaters
Gas operated appliances need to be checked annually for proper functionality and Carbon Monoxide Detection. If you have Gas Appliances, make sure Carbon Monoxide Detectors are in place and new batteries are in place.
Make sure water hoses are completely drained and stored away.
During extreme cold weather conditions, keep a few faucets at a heavy drip. The running water will prevent pipes from freezing up and busting at the most inopportune time. If you have exposed pipes, a quick trip to the hardware store to get a cheap faucet cover can help to keep your pipes from freezing and could prevent you from being out of water for an extended period of time.
Window and Door Insulation
If a breeze is felt around doors or windows, a little bit of insulation from the hardware store goes a long way. If you are unsure of how to apply it, ask one of the professional at the store. They are always helpful. As Grandpa always said, “an Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
ALL THESE TIPS ARE PROVIDED FOR YOU FREE AND MAY COST YOU ALL OF ABOUT $10. In the long haul they will save you hundreds of dollars of your hard earned money and make your home a much nicer place to enjoy.