Water pipes and frigid weather

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Why is there the possibility of a water pipe breaking if the pipe is left full of water during extended frigid weather?
 

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JGK
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Density = Mass/volume

Density water = 1g/mL
Ice = 0.92 g/mL

you can draw your own conclusion
 
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Because the density of water is greater than ice?
 
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And doesn't it have something to do with water expanding?
 
JGK
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I provided you with the equation to prove this...

If a mass of water freezes the ice volume is 109.6% bigger

In a confined environment like a pipe this expansion will still occur and possibly :

split the pipe, break joints etc

<< post edited slightly by berkeman >>
 
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