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How to Protect Your Major Home Systems Over the Holidays

The holidays will come and go before you know it. You want to take these moments to enjoy time with loved ones—not to call a repair technician in to fix your furnace or unclog your drains. We want to help you prevent those little emergencies that leave you rushing to find a technician or plumber to help during holiday hours, because we know your loved ones come first.

Keep these systems maintained for a smooth, relaxing holiday season—as relaxing as it can be with the frenzy of gift-giving and preparing family meals. Keep the following advice in mind when considering maintenance for your major home systems.


There are many reasons to stay on top of heating maintenance before the holiday season. For one thing, your heater is not indestructible, and you want to do everything you can to avoid a heating breakdown in the middle of your holiday dinner. Maintaining your heater can also help lower monthly bills, and you could prevent a dangerous carbon monoxide leak. Here’s what you should do.

  • Change the filter before the holidays, and every month!
  • Schedule professional maintenance and inspections with us.

Pipes and Faucets

Freezing pipes and faucets are something no one wants to deal with. Winterize your home and outdoor plumbing with these tips.

  • Winterize outdoor faucets by disconnecting and storing hoses, shutting off the water to the outdoors, and completely draining the spigots.
  • Make sure heat can reach the exposed pipes throughout your home. Keep the heat on if you leave the house, and consider opening cupboards and doors around the home.
  • Insulate your pipes and the rest of the home.
  • Shut off the water and drain the faucets if you are going on a longer vacation.


Clogged drains are one of the biggest, most common annoyances homeowners have to deal with over the holiday season.

  • Make sure everyone in the home knows what can and cannot go down the drain.
  • Remember that plastic and paper, meat bones, fruit pits, and other hard food items clog the drain and garbage disposal, as do fibrous foods like onion skins.
  • Avoid putting pasta and rice in the drains, since these clog pipes as they expand.
  • Also avoid fats, oils, and grease in the drains.
  • Make sure your littlest guests know to keep non-flushable items out of the toilets.
  • Get a hair cover for your drains, especially if you’ll have extra overnight guests.

Happy holidays from Max Sr & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, A Corp.! Call our team for heating and plumbing service in Springfield, NJ.

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