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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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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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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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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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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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 deg...
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Taking a Bite Out of Homes: Termite Q&A with a Board-Certified Entomologist from Orkin

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​It's termite season! The tiny insects generally swarm from March through June, though some termite species work year-round. Last year, termites were exceptionally busy. Orkin recently released their Third Annual Top Termite Cities List, and 2020 proved to be a record-breaking year for first-time customer termite treatments (from February 1, 2020 –...
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10 Ways to Save Gas, Electricity and Money from PSE&G

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How do you make your home more comfortable, avoid pollution linked to global warming, and lower your monthly energy bill all at once? The answers are in nearly every room of your house. That's where you'll find appliances and fixtures that could be wasting energy, and money. Many home appliances run on natural gas, and even those that don't may use...
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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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Upgrading Your Home Lighting? Here’s Why You Should Choose LEDs

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes Home lighting is extremely important, especially if you're now working from home. Light bulbs that emit blue light waves create serotonin, which can make you more alert. These bulbs are generally a bright white color. Bulbs that produce a soft, warm white produce melatonin, which can relax you after a long day at the home ...
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Top Gift Ideas for the Mom Who Rocks DIY

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes  ​Your mom does it all – including cleaning the gutters, installing a new ceiling fan, and replacing the air filters in the HVAC unit every three months. But it could be a little easier for your do-it-yourself mom with the right tools, equipment, and help. This May, give your mom the tools she needs to rock all her ho...
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Quick TIPS: Top Tips for Keeping Your Toddler Safe at Home

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Reading time: 3 minutes Toddlers are naturally curious and have a supreme knack for finding things that can put them in danger. Make sure your home is safe for their exploration with these quick tips.  (Looking for safety tips for newborns? Check out our "Infant safety checklist - nursery edition" now!) Secure empty electrical outlets​  P...
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Safety Checks for Your Deck & 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! Jo...
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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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The Match Game: How to Find a Contractor in 8 Easy Steps

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​Reading time: 3.5 minutes Finding the perfect contractor is a bit like dating. You need to be able to trust the person you're with and even show them where you live. But do they understand you and your home improvement needs? Will they complement your likes and dislikes? Do they share your home vision? You've probably wondered once after a home im...
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15 Spring Home Tips for 2021

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​Spring brings showers, flowers, and home maintenance tasks. Before summer's harsh storms and heat roll in, get your home ready with these easy home maintenance tips! Having trouble keeping track of home maintenance? Download the vipHomeLink app now from Google Play and the App Store to get personalized reminders for simple home maintenance tasks s...
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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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