Maintenance Quick Fixes
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.
Make sure the emergency gas valve is turned on
Check to be sure pilot light is lit
If you are not able to get the pilot light lit after viewing this video, contact PropM and we will have an experienced vendor assist you
Mold can grow most anywhere that spores land and find moisture and a comfortable temperature
Mold is typically found indoors at levels that do not affect most healthy individuals
Almost every home gets some type of mold - the trick is to
clean it up before it spreads The most visible type is
, which begins as tiny black spots. This is the stuff you see in grout lines in your
shower, on damp window casings, etc. mildew Check out this terrific site for more information on mold and how to clean it up:
http://www.treatitlikedirt.com/ Hot Weather Hacks to Keep Cool
Place a heaping
bowl of ice or frozen water bottles in front of a fan Only use
Linen sheets - leave the bed unmade as bedspreads trap heat Eat
spicy foods - they will make you sweat which is your body's way of cooling Take warm bath or shower - this
triggers your body to naturally 'cool off'
Cool pulse points - wear wrist bands and bandana around your neck dunked in ice water - keeping these areas chilled will
cool your entire body
Stay hydrated - drink lots of cool water Stick your
bed linens in the freezer for a few hours before bed each night
Soak a t-shirt in ice water, ring it out and wear to bed...wet your hair too
10 Things to Never Flush Down the Toilet!
Floss - not bio-degradable
Grease, Oil & Fat - like heart disease, these will decrease the flow of pipes over time
Band-aids - these are plastic and not bio-degradable
Medications - contaminates the water supply
Disposable Wipes - EVEN if they say you can, Don't!
Paper Towels - these do not break down like toilet paper
Feminine Hygiene Products - including cotton pads and swabs
How to Shut Off Water to your Toilet in an Emergency
Look for the valve which is located to the LEFT behind your toilet tank
Turn the knob to the RIGHT (clockwise) to close the valve and stop water flow
How to Shut Off Water Supply to a Sink Faucet
Turn off water from faucet if possible
Locate water lines below sink which lead to water valves
Turn water valves to the RIGHT (clockwise) to stop the water flow
How Fix Your Air Conditioner - Troubleshooting Tips
Check the Filter! Change often (at least every three months)
95% of all service calls are due to dirty air filters Check thermostat setting - set Fan to "auto", set system to "Cool"
Check air handler/furnace - you should hear it "rumbling", if not, check to make sure it is plugged in and switched on
Check circuit breaker - make sure it is not 'tripped'
Check to be sure the drain line is not clogged
Check the fan unit outside - is the fan spinning and clear of leaves and branches?
Fixing a Garbage Disposal That Has Stopped Working
Make sure the power is OFF. Safety First!
Insert the special wrench into the bottom of the disposal and start turning it back and forth until the jam frees up.
If necessary, reach into the disposal to retrieve or remove objects causing a jam.
Press reset button (also located on the bottom of the disposal).
Turn Power back ON.
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.
Why You Should NEVER Pour Grease Down the Drain
Collect liquid grease to be recycled
Wipe pans clean with a paper towel
Rinse pans with cold water
Food scraps go in garbage, NOT the garbage disposal
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 clean 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