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Water pipes and frigid weather

  1. Mar 26, 2008 #1
    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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  3. Mar 26, 2008 #2


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    Density = Mass/volume

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

    you can draw your own conclusion
  4. Mar 27, 2008 #3
    Because the density of water is greater than ice?
  5. Mar 27, 2008 #4
    And doesn't it have something to do with water expanding?
  6. Mar 27, 2008 #5


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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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