Don't Let This happen to you!
Accidental plumbing leaks or drain backups are, by far, the most common and preventable floods that occur in homes.
They are much more common in multifamily buildings due to proximity issues - and because you must rely on neighbors to maintain their plumbing too. When an upstairs or adjacent resident fails to do so, (or has an unforeseeable flood), you may suffer too.
This short article is better served by forwarding you directly to our page about home flood prevention and mitigation. You can read it here = Flood Prevention. The question is, will you?
Here is a motivator: The link tells you how to actually react to a incipient flood of your home BEFORE it causes thousands of dollars in damage.
Well worth the read - and not only does it cost you nothing, it could save you thousands $$$$.
One other thing - Do you know how to unclog a toilet with a plunger? It's an acquired skill, but one that can save you tons of money and stress.
How about unclogging a toilet without a plunger? It can be done, and it's not too hard. Go to the bottom of the Flood Prevention article where it says How to Unclog a Toilet... for the steps to do this correctly.
who knows the most about vendors you might want to hire?
The answer of course is - 'People who have used the service or vendor you seek'.
Have you ever done a Google search to find someone to do work for you, only to learn later that the site you visited was actually a trojan horse site?
If you are not sure what that means, a trojan horse site is one that masquerades as one thing, but is a horse of a different color (no apology for the pun).
A common one is a site that lists itself as the 'Best' or the 'Top Rated' or a 'How to' source in a particular field.
On the positive side, many of these sites are an exchange - you obtain good information, and in return you arrange to obtain more information or a bid for what you are looking for. All is good, both sides benefit.
Unfortunately, some of these sites are nothing more than personal contact info capture funnels.
What they do is get you excited about the possibility that you have, indeed, found the holy grail of what you are searching for. In return you are asked to provide your contact information.
Then the Trojan house site provides your info to a bunch of companies or individuals that want to sell you the service or goods you are looking for - or maybe something else.
In essence, you didn't get what you thought you were searching for, (a quality vendor for example), instead you are now in a marketing channel for a bunch of sellers that may or may not be good sources of what you seek.
In short - try to use only trusted referrals! If they are not available, fine, do your Google search - but be aware of the trojan horse trap.