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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.

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To keep them from bursting when the water freezes


Because if they freeze they may burst, then you will have a mess and no water.


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 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.


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



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


if the water in the pipes freezes, it will expand and break the pipes.


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.


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


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


The water expands when it freezes and cracks the weakest point in the pipe.


To protect them from frost damage. In cold weather, 'standing' water in cold pipes can freeze if the temperature drops low enough. When water turns to ice, it expands - which could cause the pipe to burst. However - you wouldn't know if it had burst until the ice had thawed !


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!


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


You must keep water pipes from freezing because when water is cooling to the point of freezing, the particles contract. But eventually when frozen too long the ice expands, not melting but expands which can damage the actual pipe.


When they freeze you wont get any water out of them, and then when they thaw water will be all over the place.


The water inside uninsulated pipes may freeze and expand during a cold winter, pushing opening joints or splitting the pipes, often unnoticed. When the thaw comes, the ice in the pipes melt, and the water pressure returns, and the water is able to spray out through the damaged pipes.


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.


Yes, copper pipes can burst when the water inside them freeze. This is because, when the water freezes, it expands with a considerable amount of force, against the pipe, bursting it.


If the line is above the frost line. That can be 4 ft. down.


Fill with anti freeze solution or keep the water running.


If you didn't, they could freeze in the winter and burst.


They freeze. Water expands when it freezes and the pipe breaks.


So long as the water does not freeze there is not much to worry about however if you think that they will freeze up you would be well advised to empty them. water expands when frozen and is able to even split metal pipes.



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