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No Cold Water in Your Faucet? Here’s How to Save Your Pipes

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Baby, it's cold outside, and unfortunately, your kitchen sink is along an outside wall. After a few days of below-freezing temperatures, the cold water is no longer flowing through your faucet. What do you do? We spoke with Jeff Hoffmann from Schaible's Plumbing & Heating Inc . to find out how to save your pipes and prevent costly, life-disrupt...
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Top Winter Pest Control Tips

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Reading time: 3 minutes  We've all been there—woken up in the middle of the night with scampering across the floor or scratching in your walls. Mice, rats, and even squirrels can make their way inside your warm home, on top of the usual insects and spiders. Rather than evicting your unwanted visitors this holiday season, prevent them from ever...
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Snow Problems? Not with These Winter Tips for Homeowners

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​ Shoveling, frostbite, missing gloves – snow can be a pain in your winter boot. To your home, it can mean water damage, cracked walkways, and flooded basements. So when you hear winter weather is on the way, avoid dangerous situations with these tips for preparing your house for snow! Clean your gutters   ​Do gutters cause ice dams? No, ...
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Baby, It's Cold Outside: How to Bleed Air from Baseboard Heating Systems & the Most Popular Heating Systems Maintenance

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"I loved the Polar Vortex, so I'm not going to complete the routine maintenance to keep my heating system working," said no one ever.   ​ Heating is no joking matter. A cold winter's night can be unpleasant at best, and rather than suffering through with blanket forts and warm tea (if you have a gas stove), complete the proper maintenance to a...
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Winter Is Coming: 10 Ways to Cut Your Utility Bill

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​ Winter is coming...and with it comes higher energy bills. Not only can this put a strain on the environment, but it can also put a lot of pressure on your wallet. Keep more money in your bank account and keep your house (almost) as warm as summertime while reducing the energy you consume with a few quick and easy home...
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Swimming Pool Care Tips You Might Not Know (but You Should)

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​ No school? Time to get in the pool! But there are few maintenance techniques and developments in the pool industry (dare we say - "smart pools") that can help you take better care of your backyard oasis. That's why Host (and vipHomeLink Founder and CEO) Alfred Bentley recently welcomed Jeremy Johnson from America's Swimming Pool Company of the Gr...
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The Best “Selling” Home Improvements (and The Ones You Should Skip)

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Reading time: 4 minutes In our recent study with Kelton Global , 15 million American homeowners are taking this time to complete home renovations. While we always love a good home improvement project, we recently hosted a realtor roundtable and asked our panelists which projects they recommended potential sellers complete before putting their homes...
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Not-So-Scary Essential Fall Home Maintenance

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Reading time: 3 minutes​ Halloween is a time for ghoulish delights, not homeowner frights, but that's exactly what your home might deliver. And when you have expected guests popping in for treats, you don't want to worry about the tricks your home might pull - now and in the coming months. So we've put together a checklist of not-so-scary home main...
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The Trouble with Trees

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​Trees are more than just a natural accent to your property. They can present a clear and present danger to your home if diseased or in a precarious position. If you have a worst-case scenario and need to put your tree out of its misery, we've put together a go-to guide to help you through this difficult time. Before your tree gets the ax ​ ​ Whoa,...
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3 Homeowner Horror Stories That Will Give You The Heebie-Jeebies

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Reading time: 5 minutes ​Every new homeowner has at least one horror story. From collapsing floors to ants in the bed, these frights can keep you up at night, but many of these stories could have been prevented if the owners had known then what they know now . In the spirit of Halloween, here are some of the scariest homeowner stories we've heard a...
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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist - Heating Tips

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Reading time: 3 minutes You're burning daylight. With the usual suspects—Jack Frost, snow, and higher utility bills—arriving sooner rather than later, you need to prepare your home for those long, cold winter nights. We have a list of afforadable home heating systems maintenance that is so quick and easy, you might be able to complete it ...
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Rooftop Maintenance You Should Do Now (Before It’s Too Late)

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Reading time: 2 minutes  ​If completing maintenance on your roof isn't a priority, it should be. A new roof can cost as much as $40,000 , and insurance companies may refuse to honor a damage claim if your roof was not well-maintained in the first place. Avoid costly issues and prolong the life of your roof by completing a few routine maintenan...
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In Deep Water: Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

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When the Polar Vortex attacks without mercy, à la  The Day After Tomorrow , a swift but harsh cold front can cause a drastic change in temperature and major problems for your home – icicles running down your walls, lumpy carpets, and mold, to name a few. If your home's pipes burst, you will need to take immediate steps to stop the leakage and ...
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Quick TIPS: Warning Signs of a Gas Leak in Your Fireplace

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Nothing warms you up on a cold winter's night quite like a fireplace. Though gas fireplaces have become safer in the last 20 years with shut-off devices and oxygen depletion sensors, homeowners still need to practice safety procedures, but when they should be worried? We spoke with Paul Pirro from PSE&G's Appliance Service to learn the signs th...
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Outsmart the Invisible Killer

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​Imagine Dragons have it right in their song "Radioactive." When they sing, "I'm breathing in the chemicals," they aren't kidding. Radon is, in fact, radioactive, and in honor of National Radon Action Month (yes, that is a thing, and yes, we have no doubt you're googling it right now), we at vipHomeLink decided to tell you how to avoid becoming rad...
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QUICK TIPS: Taking Care of Well Water Woes

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Properly constructed wells and private water supply systems do not need an excessive amount of maintenance, but the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) recommends that you schedule a well water check-up annually to ensure the safety of your water and to monitor for contaminants.  But what do you do if something just isn't right with ...
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The Ultimate Way to Prevent Catastrophic Water Damage While You’re on Winter Vacay

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Reading time: 5 minutes It's that time of the winter again. Halfway between the holidays and spring, you want to take a mid-winter break, but what happens to your house while you're away? Cold temperatures, ice, and snow can have a devastating effect on a home without proper preparation. Jeff Hoffmann from Schaible's Plumbing & Heating Inc...
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Quick TIPS: Spring Maintenance Tips You Can’t Ignore

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Reading time: 2 minutes Spring is here, so it's time to get your home ready for the season of April showers, May flowers, and the start of summer heat. We've got 10 essential spring home maintenance tasks you must do before you kick back with some soda, pretzels, and beer. How do I prepare my house for spring? Clean your windows and ...
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7 Retro Items No Longer in Your Home + Safety Tips for Your Modern Abode

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National Retro Day is today, so in honor of yesteryear, we're taking a look back at items that were once in your home or ones that have transformed over the years. We also threw in a few modern tips to keep your home groovy (baby).   Sewing machines After hitting the home in the late 1880s, sewing machines became a favorite...
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The After-Hours Home Maintenance Checklist

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Reading time: 4 minutes With bars and restaurants closed and national sports cancelled, what do you do during the evenings and on weekends after you've logged off work? After you've watched Frozen 2 for the twelfth time, we have a few suggestions that can make your home safer and more valuable as well as provide a little fun for you and your f...
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