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Quick Fix Tips

Here are a few Quick Fix Tips before calling your Property Management Company:

COOKTOP/OVEN RANGE:

Gas burner on the cook top is not heating evenly:

  • Clean orifices on burner with a toothpick, toothbrush or pipe cleaner. This will increase gas flow and provide an even flame

Electric Burner Won’t Come On or Doesn’t Heat Evenly:

  • Make sure the burner coil is completely plugged in.

Oven Will Not Turn On At All:

  • (If electric) Try resetting the designated circuit breaker in your electrical panel. If that doesn’t help, check the dial; it may be on “time bake”. The oven will not turn on without a time being programmed into the unit. Either set a time or reset the oven to bake or broil.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL:

Disposal Drains Slowly:

  • Pour 1 cup each of baking soda, salt & vinegar. Pour baking soda & salt into drain, immediately followed by vinegar. Let sit for approximately 15-20 minutes. As you wait, boil a pot of water. After the 15-20 minutes, pour the boiling water down the drain to flush the pipes out. Note: Do not use this remedy if you have already used a store-bought remedy in the same drain.

Disposal doesn’t seem to chop the food well or drain has an odor:

  • Fill an ice cube tray ½ full of vinegar and ½ full of water. Once the cubes are frozen, place them down the disposal 2-3 cubes a week for about a month and this will not only sharpen the blades, but keep your drain clean at the same time! (Lemon peels also work well for odors).

SLOW DRAINS/STOPPAGES:

Kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower or tub drains slowly:

If you have a “slow drain” in a kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower or tub, this can be caused by food, hair and/or sludge build up and can be easily remedied. Pour 1 cup each of baking soda, salt & vinegar. Pour baking soda & salt into drain, immediately followed by vinegar. Let sit for approximately 15-20 minutes. As you wait, boil a pot of water. After the 15-20 minutes, pour the boiling water down the drain to flush the pipes out. Note: Do not use this remedy if you have already used a store-bought remedy in the same drain. This may have to be done 1-3 times to clear the line effectively.
We also recommend liquid drain cleaners (not the crystals). The liquid drain cleaners are not recommended on the kitchen sink if there is a garbage disposal as they have been known to damage the disposals. Make sure to follow the directions for maximum effectiveness.

 

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