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Simple Summer Maintenance

Summer is a time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the sunshine. It’s also a great time to take care of some simple home maintenance items. Not only does maintenance on your home help prevent insurance claims, it may also help any claims from being denied. The following maintenance checklist is recommended every summer, and can be done so easily you’ll be back on your patio, sipping on a beverage in no time.



  • Test your sump pump to ensure it’s in good working order
  • Check and clean backwater valve
  • Check and clean sewer lines if buildup or tree roots are identified
  • Have your roof inspected for shingle wear and have any damage fixed
  • Ensure seals around windows, skylights, vents, and joints are solid
  • Clean any debris from eaves and downspouts; ensure downspouts drain at least six feet away from your home
  • Check to ensure your lot is graded properly and sloping away from your house
  • Have your water heater serviced
  • Check toilet and sink plumbing for leaks
  • Have your furnace serviced and replace the filter
  • Ensure any combustibles are stored away from the furnace
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries
  • Inspect your fire extinguisher to ensure it’s in good working order
  • Check washing machine hoses for leaks
  • Deep clean clothes dryer lint trap
  • Have your chimney cleaned
  • Inspect house foundation/walls for cracks
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