Our History

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We’ve been servicing pre-war buildings since before the war…

…the First World War, that is. For nearly a hundred years, family-owned Fred Smith Plumbing & Heating has delivered exceptional service to New York’s most discriminating residents, building managers, and Real Estate professionals.

The firm was founded in 1914 by Fredrick Smith Sr. Current CEO Philip Kraus joined the company in 1980 as the firm’s 9th employee and shortly thereafter entered into an agreement to purchase the company. Through Kraus’ creativity, integrity, and vision (not to mention 80 hour work weeks) the company has since grown to over 120 employees strong.

Fred Smith Plumbing & Heating has seen it all in NYC–we were here to install some of the first high pressure steam systems in the city, watched midtown transform itself from a residential neighborhood to a business hub and more. Our reputation as New York City’s plumber of choice is well earned and we spend every day devising ways to raise the bar even higher.

Over the years we’ve accumulated more success stories, more accolades, and more happy customers than just about anyone in town. As rich as our past is, the future looks even brighter and we would love to make you a part of it. Please be in touch and let us know how we can earn your business.


The Dakota is one of New York's architectural gems and another notable place where we've worked. In fact, Fred Smith Plumbing installed the gas lamps on the façade of the building.

"The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving."

- Oliver Wendell Holmes