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Maintenance Troubleshooting Guide

Here are some tips on how to fix or avoid maintenance problems in your rental property.

HOT WATER SYSTEMS
If your supply of hot water is not hot or doesn’t seem to last as long as it should, your hot water system may need topping up. Locate the filler valve on the side of the hot water system and lift the floppy lever until water flows from the overflow. Repeat this process every few months. Otherwise, check the power is on; has the power box tripped the switch or blown a fuse; or has your shower routine changed or increased (tank capacity and/or tariff rates will affect this). Remember in winter, the efficiency of the tank is less than summer and the water will get colder quicker. Note: Please follow the above procedure before requesting maintenance. If this does not rectify the problem please contact our office. Remember a leaking hot water tap will cause poor supply of hot water and high electricity accounts.
WATER LEAKS
Water bubbling out of the ground could be a serious problem and could lead to further complications. Roof leaks can also worsen quickly, contact SES to arrange temporary tarps and phone our office immediately.
BATH/SHOWER LEAKS
A common problem in properties is leaking from wet areas eg. bathrooms, kitchens, into adjoining rooms, a regular check is advisable. If the carpet/floor is wet, sponge and dry area thoroughly and check again after use of the wet area, advise our office if there is still a problem.
LEAKING FROM TOILET
Usually is a minor problem. Regular mopping and turning off the tap between uses is adequate until the tradesperson arrives. Please complete the maintenance request form and send to our office to arrange for a tradesperson.
WASHING MACHINE
Check the power is connected, the water taps are turned on, the load of clothes is not off balance or too high, the lid is connecting with on/off switch when closing, and the hoses are securely attached, if leaking- check hoses for splits.
When all else fails, phone our office during office hours.
CLOTHES DRYER
Check the filter is cleaned before every use of the dryer, power is on, the dryer is not overloaded, the air temperature is hot when running. This appliance is not essential, please complete a repair advice form and send to our office to report failure.
FAULTY SWITCHES OR FANS
Do not attempt to fix it yourself. Do not use switches. Contact our office as soon as possible.
LIGHTS
Check power or fuse box. Ensure the power is on and the switch has not tripped.
Tenants are responsible for replacing blown light bulbs. If the problem is not remedied contact your property manager.
POWER
Check if the Safety Switch has tripped and if so, reset the switch. If it trips again unplug all appliances from power points. Reset Safety Switch and plug-in appliances one at a time until faulty appliance is located. If you have a fuse box check this for a blown fuse. Note: If this does not rectify the problem please at this stage notify our office. Tenants will be required to pay for callouts where a faulty appliance belonging to them has caused the problem.
HOT PLATES
Check if power is connected or check power box for tripped switch or a blown fuse. Contact us to arrange for professional help.
GARBAGE DISPOSAL UNIT
If your food disposal fails to work, you may need to push the reset button. This button is under the unit and usually red. Do not attempt to disassemble the unit. If this does not rectify the problem please complete a repair advice form and send to our office. Tenants will be required to pay for callouts to repair food disposal units that are blocked due to tenant misuse or abuse.
POOL PROBLEMS
  • Water level is a priority and must be kept at a level to allow water to flow through the skimmer boxes at all times. Failure to do this could result in enormous expenses.
  • No metal objects are to be allowed in the pool as it could cause corrosion marks
  • No animals in the pool as this creates a huge chemical imbalance.
  • Ensure regular testing of water to keep correct PH level, this helps prevent mould/fungus forming in the pool.
  • Vacuum at least once a week to keep the pool clear of debris.
  • Regular checks of the pump to ensure motor working correctly and efficiently. Leaking or pooling water at the pump could mean a cracked casing and will need attention.
  • Even if the pool is maintained for you, it is still part of your responsibility to keep an eye/ear out for any problems.