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­Most plumbing problems occur at or near such fixtures as sinks, tubs, and toilets. Sometimes, however, the pipes themselves are the root of the problem. Pipes can be temperamental -- they can leak, sweat, freeze, or make loud noises.

In the following article, we'll tell you how to deal with all of these difficulties. We'll begin in the next section by addressing leaky pipes and joints.

 

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