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If you're a homeowner, then you know how quickly something can go wrong. You returned home from vacation to a flooded basement. Or maybe you found a bear waltzing with your garbage can one evening. Perhaps you're not sure what put a hole in your windscreen, but boy, did it leave a mess in your family room.

Homeowner Horror Stories, a segment of the vipHome Podcast, are real stories that happened to real homeowners, told by home pros. Our VP of Content Jeff Roos gathered all the homeowner horror stories from the first episodes of the vipHome Podcast to show you what happens when you don't take care of your home. 

How poor home maintenance can endanger your pet  

We spoke with Lindsey Wolko of the Center of Pet Safety, who shared with us a scary story regarding her HVAC unit and a home fire.

Watch the full episode now to learn additional pet safety tips! 

When bedbugs attack

When Glen Ramsey, Senior Technical Services Manager and board certified entomologist for Orkin Pest Control, stopped by the vipHome Podcast, he dished home pest control tips that totally work. Glen also gave us a homeowner horror story with bedbugs that left us with nightmares for weeks. The segement starts at 33:43. 

Have a spotted lanternfly problem? Check out our interview with Benjamin Hottel, Ph.D., technical services manager for Orkin Pest Control.

It literally hit the fan 

​If you're an insurance agent, then you've probably seen it all when it comes to homeowner claims. Michelle O'Connor, who has been in the business for more than two decades, has many stories, but one of the most memorable is when a toilet overflowed right over a ceiling fan, and well - we'll let Michelle tell the story.

Learn more insurance tips from Michelle in 10 Homeowners Insurance Tips the Pros Want You to Know.

Broken pipes and parties 

Robert Mascia of Green Ridge Wealth Planning was at a wedding when he received a call from his contractor about a broken pipe, which left his home soaked. Thankfully, he called his insurance agent before starting the home improvement project. Learn why it's imperative you do so, too, in this homeowner horror story!

Get more financial homeowning and planning tips in Your First Home and Your Wallet: Financial Tips for First-Time Home Buyers.

Everything but the kitchen sink 

Cannonball! Find out what items Jeremy Johnson of America's Swimming Pool Company has found in pools. Some may surprise you; others may confuse you. None should be in a pool.

Squirrels, a Money Pit redux, and how not to insulate your attic 

​Sometimes, art imitates life and other times, life imitates art. When PowerHouse TV's Megan Turner and Pete Seyfer joined the vipHome Podcast, we learned how movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and The Money Pit portray real-life homeowner horror stories.

The case of the dried-up cactus 

Jeff Arnold of RightSure Insurance Group tells the terrible tale of a homeowner who cleaned up some dead plants between properties and ended up in court. Of course, Jeff also explains how homeowners insurance helped save the day! The story starts at 5:17. 

Understand what catastrophic events are covered in your policy in Top Catastrophic Insurance Claims Explained.

Buggy's big adventure 

vipHomeLink's own Jeff Roos recounts his homeowner horror story when Buggy, his late dachshund, decided to practice her dog paddle in a marina without fur-parent supervision.

Get more pet safety tips in Answered: FAQs About Pet Safety at Home.

Fight fear with vipHomeLink 

The best way to prevent your home from hosting homeowner horror stories is to keep up with regular maintenance, and vipHomeLink can help. Our home management app sends you personalized reminders for home maintenance and tailored recommendations for home improvement. Our expert-backed vipTIPs give you the information you need to complete projects around the home, and the app gives you a place to store all your home's information.

Know what to do and when to do it with vipHomeLink. Subscribe today and get the first three months on us!

Do you have a homeowner horror story? Share it with Caroline at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and you just might find your story on our next podcast!

Watch all episodes of the vipHome Podcast now! 

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