Frequently Asked Questions
What services does The Office of Maintenance Operations provide?
The Office of Maintenance Operations provides basic building maintenance services, including cleaning public and common areas and general building repairs. We also oversee and coordinate renovation and reconstruction projects in the residence halls.
Why does it take so long to complete some maintenance requests?
All work requests are prioritized, with safety and health issues receiving the highest priority. Depending on workload, lower priority requests may take longer to be addressed. Some requests also reveal facility issues which are beyond the scope of Housing Maintenance Operations. In these situations, we must then submit a work request to Temple University's Office of Facility Management (OFM) or an independent contractor. The delays in completion are directly associated with the scope of work and their ability to secure the needed materials in a timely manner.
Why can't a Maintenance Worker just fix something when I report something to them?
Maintenance Direct will track all work requests. This provides us the ability to respond to and address ongoing problems, evaluate trends, maintain a history of activity, and assess each building's needs and demands. Verbal requests aren't entered into the system, which renders them nonexistent in terms of record keeping and accountability. We believe the documented request system improves our effectiveness and efficiency.
Why does it cost $100 to replace a lost key?
Lost keys present a safety and security risk, forcing us to replace the lock core and cut new keys to match. If the key is to a suite, there are two cores to be replaced, one for the suite entry, and one for the resident's room. Approximate cost of materials, is shown below, with the range representing the differences between existing and upgraded systems:
- Lock core and pins: $35.00 - $105.00
- Key blank: $5.00
- Locksmith's labor: $25.00 - $98.00,
Depending on how many cores are being replaced, and if the work is being done on straight time or overtime, will determine the final cost..
Using these numbers, core replacement(s) could cost between $60.00 and $203.00. The current charge of $100.00 is a compromise, which is currently being evaluated.
How do I follow-up on a Maintenance Request?
How can I send a message of thanks or praise?
What should I do if I think there's a mouse in my room/suite/apartment?
Maintenance Direct, our online work request system. There is a pest control technician daily, Monday - Friday to respond to requests, and provide preventative measures.
Listed below are some rodent facts, followed by suggestions on how to minimize the likelihood of rodent intrusion:
- Common field mice only weigh about an ounce and are able to get into any opening that is a quarter-inch wide. They're also excellent climbers and can easily get around a building by moving through pipes or holes in the structure
- A combination of several factors, including construction, colder weather, food and clutter, can encourage mice to overstay their welcome, especially in residence halls. Propped doors, piles of junk or food containers and old furniture are all appealing invitations for mice
- Because a rodent's teeth are continuously growing, they have a need to chew on materials like cardboard and can make tiny holes that go unnoticed by humans
- Store food in secure rodent-proof containers
- Wash dishes and cooking utensils immediately after use
- Eliminate clutter and laundry on floors
I want to do my part. How can I help keep the building clean, safe and presentable?
While we understand the time constraints full time students are under, cleaning up after ones self makes everyone's environment more pleasant. Don't hesitate to pick up litter in the hallways, lobbies and lounges, and please don't leave your trash for someone else to pick up.
If you see something that needs repair, submit a maintenance request. Even if it's not in your room, suite or apartment, it's in the building where you live. Community quality of life is determined by the community.