YouTube has made many tasks easier and can bring different parts of the world right into your home. For example, imagine you’re a writer who wants to set part of a new book in the Languedoc region of France. You can’t travel there, but you can load up dozens of videos showing the area, giving you a sense of what it looks like and how it lives in a way still photos can’t.
But you’re not quite an expert in the region. Also, there’s no Languedoc region of France in your home that might break down and make life difficult unless it’s fixed.
This may seem like a ridiculous example, but we’re using it to prove a point, which is: Watching YouTube videos doesn’t turn you into a plumber. You may learn something, but this is a critical part of your house, and watching plumbing videos basically turns you into a plumbing “tourist,” like watching videos of Languedoc, France.
Yes, YouTube Can Help in a Few Areas…
…but know your limitations!
An online video can help you the same way these blogs we post may help: you’ll get a better sense of what your plumbing is like and what to watch out for. You might even figure out a basic task like changing the aerator on a faucet. But anything that requires bringing out tools and rolling up your sleeves isn’t a DIY job.
If you find a YouTube “tutorial” for something like replacing a pipe, and you try to follow it, you might end up with a disaster. You’ll need advanced equipment for the job, but renting it is not only expensive, but it’s also ineffective because you don’t have the training necessary to use the tools correctly. And Safely!
Yes, Safety! This Is the Big One
You may not have realized this, but plumbing is a hazardous occupation! A major part of any plumber’s training is safety precautions. Professional plumbers use water pressure and air pressure devices with the potential to cause bursting, sending metal or water blasting out at dangerous levels. Plumbers also work with chemicals and heavy machines. Any work done on sewage systems means exposure to bacteria and germs.
There is no way watching a YouTube tutorial can substitute for the many years of training, experience, and access to tools a professional plumber has. The plumbing in your home is an essential system that must be working correctly. Let the people licensed to work on it do the actual work. Leave YouTube for cat videos, rain ambiance, and, of course, research into the Languedoc region of France.
The Local Plumbing Pros
When you are looking for the best plumbing in Indianola, IA or elsewhere in the Des Moines and Grimes, IA Metro Area, all you have to do is get in touch with our team. We’re a fully licensed and insured plumbing contractor, and we have over 20 years of experience solving all types of home plumbing troubles. From clogged disposals to busted pipes, from overflowing toilets to broken sump pumps.