Physics

# What happens when pipes freeze?

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if water freezes in pipes it will break the pipes, literally.

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The water in your pipes will freeze, and then burst!

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Internal pipes in a heated house should not freeze. External pipes need to be well insulated from the cold, or they are likely to freeze.

Yes it does, when its temperature drops below 32&Acirc;&deg; F. If it's still in the pipes when that happens, that can be a real problem.

It is important to protect water pipes so they don't freeze because when water freezes, it swells. If water is trapped inside the pipes the pressure from it swelling will cause the pipes to burst.

An ac unit that has copper pipes can freeze up just as other pipes can freeze up. Once the unit freezes, you need to turn them off.

some times when temperatures go really cold in winters it causes water to freeze and as the water in pipes starts to freeze, the expansion that takes place when water freezes causes pipes to break

28 degrees above zero (Fahrenheit) for more than 4 hours will freeze your pipes, so insulate, insulate, insulate.

Water expands when it freezes. If water pipes are allowed to freeze then the pressure of the expanding ice inside them will fracture the pipes. Then when the temperature rises so that the ice melts, the pipes will leak - with resulting damage.

because when they get cold enough they will bust and if it is water pipes they will definitely bust if they freeze.

Why is the second paragraph a contradiction of the first? If hot water pipes 'Absolutely' do not freeze faster than cold water pipes then why the comment about the cold water pipes having a larger diameter which causes them to freeze at a slower rate than the smaller hot water pipes? Also, the word then in the last line should be thanand there should be an a between usually and larger. And, piping should be changed to pipe.

If you don't insulate water pipes or protect them in some way from the cold, the water inside the pipes can freeze. This causes you to be without water until the pipes warm up enough to thaw. Also, when the water freezes, it can expand and burst the pipes which will then need to be replaced. Save yourself the aggravation of having no water and the cost of replacing pipes by insulating them. To protect pipes in an empty or unused building, you can pour anti-freeze down all drains and in the toilet to winterize them.

Water pipes should not of themselves crack at any temperature, however if pipes have water in them the water will freeze at temperatures below 0oC. If this happens then as the water freezes it will expand (ice is less dense than water) and as it expands it will either stretch metal pipes until they burst or crack ceramic pipes. For this reason external water pipes are buried at a depth to which the frost will not penetrate and internal water pipes are lagged to keep them warm.

Insulating the water lines in your home can save you money and trouble. Water can collect in your pipes. In the winter this can be especially troublesome as the pipe could freeze. If this happens, the force of the water expanding during freezing can cause your pipes to break. Insulating the pipes can help avoid this from happening.

Turn up the heat after opening the faucets (TAPS)

Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit (which is 0 degrees Celsius). The factors which might change the temperature at which your pool pipes may freeze are: - other materials (such as salt) which are dissolved in the water - the rate of flow (if any) of the water through the pipes - the pipe diameter - the insulating properties of the pipes themselves - whether the pipes are buried underground Good luck with your pool!

If it was so cold outside that he thought the pipes might freeze, and he could not possibly find the tenant to have her grant access, then, yes, he could enter to prevent the pipes from freezing. Otherwise, he must have her permission. And, the pipes ain't gonna freeze in October.

If your pipes freeze and burst, the damage could be extensive, and the repair could be costly. If your home has exposed pipes, wrap them in heat tape. That way, when the weather gets very cold, the heat tape will warm the pipes and keep them from freezing. Even if your area does not usually have hard winters, make sure to protect your pipes just in case. You could have an unusually cold winter. Remember to insulate any pipes in your garden as well. These pipes can cause damage if they freeze, even if they are far away from your house.