Chemistry 12th Edition

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 0078021510
ISBN 13: 978-0-07802-151-0

Chapter 1 - Intermolecular Forces and Liquids and Solids - Questions & Problems - Page 510: 11.30


Water freezing in the pipes in the cold weather will cause the pipes to burst.

Work Step by Step

Since ice is less dense than liquid water and has an open crystal structure, it also has a higher volume overall. Therefore, when the ice expands inside of the pipes, it will cause cracks and leaks in the pipe itself.
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