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Please browse our Quick Fixes for the most commonly reported maintenance issues. You may find an easy fix for your issue with no waiting for a maintenance person to visit.


How to Shut Off Water to your Toilet in an Emergency



How to Sut Off Water Supply to a Sink Faucet


How Fix Your Air Conditioner - Troubleshooting Tips




Fixing a Garbage Disposal That Has Stopped Working



How to Change an Air Conditioner Filter
  • Locate the air-intake grill that holds the filter.
  • Open grill, remove old filter.
  • Replace with new one - IMPORTANT: air flow arrow on filter to point in the direction air is traveling (being "sucked" to).
  • Check filter monthly. A good habit is to check the filter each month when making your rent payment.
  • A clean filter will ensure your A/C is running smoothly and keep electric costs to a minimum.


How to Clean Tough Grout Stains
  • Believe it or not...use toilet bowl cleaner!
  • Be sure to use gloves to protect your skin.
  • Apply a thin line along the grout lines and let sit a few minutes.
  • Wipe away with a damp cloth - then clean floor in the usual way.


How To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances
  • The secret is out....Coconut Oil!
  • Purchase inexpensive coconut oil (around $10 for a good sized jar)
  • Apply a small amount to a dry cloth or paper towel
  • Using a circular motion, rub the oil onto the Stainless Steel making sure to cover entire surface
  • If done correctly, stains and fingerprints should be gone and your kitchen should be left smelling like a Pina Colada!


How to Hang Artwork and Hooks without Damaging Walls
  • 3M Command products!
  • You can hang small to large items using these terrific hooks and hangers
  • They come in many sizes and styles and are available at hardware, grocery stores, Target or Walmart
  • Check out the video to see how easy they are to use (and remove!)


How to Stop an Overflowing Toilet
  • Remove toilet tank lid
  • Lift up the fill valve (or float ball)
  • Pull out the water tube
  • Reach down and turn OFF the water valve (turn valve CLOCKWISE)


Circuit Breakers & GFI Outlets - Checking and Resetting
  • Some outlets are know as GFIs located near wet areas of your home (i.e. kitchen and bathrooms)
  • When power becomes overloaded they will 'trip' (stop working).
  • Press reset button on them to power back on (usually small button in the center of the outlet plate)
  • Still not working? Check other GFI outlets in the home and reset. If that does not work, find the breaker panel and check for flipped switches. Flip back to "On" to restore power.


How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal
  • Make sure your disposal is OFF - Safety First!
  • Cut up some lemons and place into disposal OR
  • Add some white vinegar frozen into cubes OR
  • Add some baking soda OR Borax
  • Feeling bold? Try adding them all together
  • Run water, turn on disposal - One of these options should leave it smelling fresh and clean again.


How to Get Rid of Ants
  • Locate ants - ant trail is best if you can find one
  • Place small drops of Terro strategically in path of ants
  • Watch ants feed... and eventually die and disappear
  • Repeat above steps as needed


How to Get Stains Our of Carpet 
  • Blot the stain with a clean towel
  • Beat an egg yolk with water, dab the solution over the stain
  • Voila! The stain should lift right out.



How to Clean Your Dishwasher with Vinegar & Baking Soda
  • Open detergent lid
  • Add vinegar to compartment that seals, baking soda to compartment that does not
  • Close compartment door and choose normal cycle, start the dishwasher
  • Perform once a month 


How to Clean Your Oven Without Chemicals -- Use Baking Powder!
  • Mix baking powder with water
  • Add enough water so mixture becomes paste-like
  • Spread powder paste in oven
  • Turn oven on for 5 minutes - then turn off
  • Wipe oven clean


How to Lubricate Locks Using Graphite Powder
  • Shake graphite tube gently to loosen powder
  • Place point of tube into lock and gently squeeze the tube in a "puffing" motion
  • Take your key and run it in and out of the lock to evenly distribute the graphite powder



How to Change the Water Filter in Your Refrigerator
  • Slow water flow from your fridge? Try changing the water filter
  • Filter should be changed every 6 months
  • Each fridge will have its own unique filter system - you can find details for each in the manual or by searching online
  • Locate the filter, twist to the left to remove, twist right to install
  • Some may have a push button system
  • Reset the filter button to reflect a new filter has been installed


Why is your Gas Range "Clicking" and won't start?
  • Wet burners are usually why a gas stove top will not light
  • When cleaning, avoid using too much water that will make the burners wet
  • Try to cleean using a damp cloth only
  • To dry out, turn oven on to 350 degrees for 30 minutes 


How to Check Your Toilet for a Silent Leak
  • Check for sounds of running water, trickling or hissing sounds
  • Add 25 drops of food coloring to inside of toilet tank
  • Wait 15 minutes...if no dye shows up in toilet bowl, no leak exists
  • If dye appears in bowl, toilet is in need of repair. Please log a maintenance request through your tenant portal


How to Clean Granite Countertops
  • Place a few drops of liquid dish soap on a damp cloth, use hot water
  • Use circular motion and apply to counters
  • To disinfect: fill a spray bottle with half water and half isopropyl alcohol
  • Spray counters, WAIT 5 minutes before wiping off with dry cloth (this ensures all bacteria is killed)
  • Granite counter not smooth? Use a razor blade to scrape where necessary

How to Clean a Quartz Countertop
  • Apply a few small drops of Soft Scrub to countertop area to be cleaned
  • Using a soft cloth, begin rubbing product into the countertop using a circular motion
  • Once applied, use a separate, damp cloth in same circular motion to remove product
  • Counter should then be clean, shiny and smooth

How to Get Your Key Unstuck from a Deadbolt
  • First, realign key so it is in a vertical position (12 o'clock)
  • Apply light pressure to smaller disc around the key (called a plug)
  • Pull and remove the key from the lock

How to Stop the "Chirp" on a Smoke Detector
  • Disconnect the smoke detector by twisting counter-clockwise
  • Replace the battery with a new one (this will most likely stop the chirping)
  • If it is still chirping, remove the battery and hold down the test button for 15 seconds to drain any remaining charge
  • Insert the new battery and reattach to the wall/ceiling


How to Troubleshoot Low Water Pressure


How to Prevent Condensation/Sweating on Windows
  • Condensation is caused by high humidity in your home
  • Run vent fans in bathrooms when showering to prevent condensation
  • Turn off vent fans in the kitchen when cooking
  • In extreme situations you may need to install a dehumidifier in your home
 

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