Charles Garrity Plumbing and Heating

76 East Alvord St., Springfield, MA 01108
Contact: Charles Garrity
Phone: (413) 841-6726


I am a second generation business started in the 1960's in Lee, MA by my father. He started the company After immigrating here as a journeyman plumber from Glasgow, Scotland in 1958. I Started working beside him as soon as I was deemed old enough to be of help, this was before I was old enough to go to kindergarten. I grew up learning a blend of how to do things right and how to do them for a fair price. I was taught to do the job as I would want it done in my own home. I pride myself on providing a cost effective solution to your plumbing and heating needs.


1. Replacement of Steam Boilers up to 700mbtu. 2. Converting oil boilers to gas power burners. 3. Trouble shooting systems,old and new, for maximizing function, comfort, and efficiency. 4. Replacement and repair of radiators. 5. Trouble shooting and repair of hot water systems for heating and domestic hot water production. 6. General plumbing repairs. 7. Custom threading of iron pipe up to 6" diameter with advanced scheduling.

Case Study

The Brick House


The home owner wanted a reliable system that combined the hot water heating zones with an efficient steam boiler. They also wanted the system to be as quiet as possible while still being efficient. Several rooms over or under-heated with the existing system and the home was also going to have a sun-room that was going from summer use to four season use.


First we did an evaluation of the existing boiler and piping to determine where things could be better. We then chose to go with a Smith wet base power gas boiler. This was integrated with an existing heat exchanger for the hot water zones and the new zone for the sun-room. The boiler was relocated due to the new chimney location. The drop header was installed to insure as dry of steam for the system as we could provide to speed the steam to the far ends of the home.


The new Smith boiler teamed with generous steam venting and re-piping of some late additions to the system got the heat going to where it was wanted and got it there quietly.