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November 15, 2015

A Plumbing Problem: Sludge in the Bathtub

Fred Smith Plumbing and HeatingA foul-smelling sludge was bubbling up from the drain in a co-op apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The resident was told it would be impossible to fix. Was all hope lost?

“There’s a solution to everything,” said Philip Kraus, the president of Fred Smith Plumbing and Heating Company in Manhattan. Problems like this are usually caused by either a blockage in the plumbing line or a problem with the way a pipe was configured. Blocked pipes can be snaked, and incorrectly installed ones can be repaired.

Read the full story in this “Ask Real Estate” column, published in The New York Times on November 15, 2015.


When you call Fred Smith Plumbing you get an expert on the phone who can solve your problem fast. Most days, that expert will probaby be owner Philip Kraus.

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