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Weekend Wisdom: Top 11 Summer Home Maintenance Tips

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes The moment you've been waiting for all year is finally here - the start of summer! While your shorts and flip flops may be ready, is your home? Like your skin needs sunscreen, your home also needs protection from the harsh elements. That's why we put together these summer maintenance tips for your home - to help you prepar...
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5 Pool Safety Tips for Summer

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Safety first! That should always be your mantra around the pool, but what steps should you take to make sure your pool is safe for everyone this summer? "There's a wide variety of safety equipment out there," says Jason Ori of Rosebrook Custom Inground Pools. "The pool industry now has a tremendous amount of products that are available to make sure...
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Home Pest Control Tips That Actually Work

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes  Ticks, bedbugs and squirrels – oh, my! And those are just three of the pests that look for a way inside your home. To find out how to protect your abode, we reached out to Glen Ramsey, Senior Technical Services Manager and board-certified entomologist for Orkin Pest Control. Glen earned a bachelor's and master's degr...
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15 Holiday Fire Safety Tips That’ll Save Your Feast & Home

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Reading time: 6 minutes Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. In a four-year period from 2014-2018, fire departments responded to over 170,000 cooking fires. That's approximately 470 home cooking fires a day that were reported. Unsurprisingly, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the peak da...
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Top 12 Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

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Reading time: 5 minutes Before you light those candles or trim that tree, we've got the safety tips you need to keep your home merry, bright, and safe through the new year.  The winter holidays are less than a month away! Before you begin your celebrations (if you haven't already), here are 12 tips you need to know that will keep you and ...
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How to Keep Your Home Healthy from Coronavirus

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Reading time: 4 minutes At vipHomeLink, our mission is to help improve the safety of your home, so we reached out to Dr. Suzanne Bentley, Medical Director of the Elmhurst Satellite Simulation Center at Mount Sinai, to get answers to important questions you may have about the spread of coronavirus and what steps you can take to keep your home&n...
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The 2021 Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

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Hurricane season is back, and once again, it's no surprise that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns of an above-normal storm season. That means you can expect power outages, storm surges, and other perilous problems, now through November 30. An unprepared homeowner can be left with thousands of dollars in damage fr...
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Summer Tips: Keeping Your Backyard Pool Healthy & Clean

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Reading time: 3 minutes Pools are made for enjoying, but along with the cannonballs and mandatory flamingo floaties also comes pool maintenance and safety. If you have a backyard oasis, you need to keep the water clean and the area safe to make sure you, your family, and your guests can enjoy the pool to the fullest. That's why we reached out to Ja...
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The Trouble with Trees

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Reading time: 4 minutes National Arbor Day is generally the last week of April, though some states celebrate it at different times of the year, depending upon their planting season.  Here at vipHomeLink, we're all about celebrating trees as they help to keep our collective home, Planet Earth, alive and healthy. However, as homeowners, we under...
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Why Dialing 811 Before You Dig Is Not Optional

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Reading time: 3 minutes  While replacing a mailbox post or starting a garden may seem like innocuous tasks, they can lead to incredible danger. "I remembered seeing a news story about a DIYer who hit a natural gas line," says vipHomeLink Founder and CEO Alfred Bentley, "and I never wanted that to be me!" When Alfred wanted to dig up tree stump...
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Getting Smart about (Smart) Smoke Detectors

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We all know the importance of having smoke detectors, but who among us has not disconnected one due to that low battery chirping or because it went off while you were cooking? Temporarily disconnecting your smoke detector may not seem like a big deal at the time, but often those low batteries won't get replaced or reconnected after the smoke-filled...
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Kick The Summer Off Right with These 10 Grilling Safety Tips

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes  The unofficial start of summer has arrived! That means it's time to fire up the grill and devour those burgers and kebobs you've been craving all winter. Of course, it's not quite that simple. The National Fire Protection Association reports that approximately 9,600 home fires are caused by grills annually, and on av...
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Safety Checks for Your Deck and Maintenance Tips You Need Before Summer

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes One of the quintessential summer events is entertaining and just enjoying the outside relaxing and grilling on a deck, so as warmer weather arrives, it's important to make sure your structure is ready for some summer fun. We spoke with Joel Boyer of Unique Deck Builders to learn spring deck maintenance and safety tips! Joe...
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Loss of Water Pressure in Your Home? 4 Ways to Get it Back

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Reading time: 3 minutes No one wants to go back to the days of antique water pumps and lack of indoor plumbing, but that's what it feels like when water pressure in your home gives out suddenly. We spoke to Tom Mahoney of Little Tommy's Plumbing Shop to find out what causes low water pressure in your home and how you can get it back. Please note: T...
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Braided Metal Hoses: 5 Reasons They Should Be in Your Home

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Reading time: 3 minutes Homeownership can be difficult, but some quick additions can potentially save you thousands of dollars. One of these easy solutions is installing a braided metal hose or stainless steel braided hose. But why exactly should you install these small – and cost-saving – hoses on your appliances? For that answer, we reached out t...
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Outsmart Radon, the Invisible Killer

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Reading time: 3 minutes 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 it can be deadly.  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 reached out t...
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Best Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Handy Dad

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Reading time: 4 minutes Your dad loves to D-I-Y (do-it-yourself). He fixed the toilet when it wouldn't stop running. He vacuums the refrigerator coils every six months and cleans the dryer vent annually, but Dad is busy. This Father's Day, make his DIY life just a little bit easier with this list of best gifts for handy dads. Wyze Cam Pan Dad works...
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20 Minutes to Better Homeownership – The Virtual Home Checkup

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Many homeowners get a physical every year. They also get an oil change for their car regularly. If so many people are taking care of their body and their car, why don't they take care of their home, their largest investment? Introducing the Virtual Home Checkup! The Virtual Home Checkup provides valuable home maintenance guidance and helps you...
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Air Quality Problems? Open Windows and Other Easy Tips

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Reading time: 4 minutes  Getting a breath of fresh air in your home may be harder than you think. Indoor air can be full of pollutants that can influence your living environment. Carpeting has volatile organic compounds that give off a gas, and even your shower curtain has hazardous air pollutants. Your home may also have radon and carbon mono...
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6 Safety Tips for Using Space Heaters (and Keeping Your Home Standing)

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Reading time: 3 minutes Space heaters can keep your toes warm, but they can put your home in danger. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association found space heaters are the leading cause of home fires when heating equipment is the culprit. "When you start to get into the colder months, we always want to tell people to really be mindful a...
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