What causes pipes to burst when they freeze?

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We have some family friends who just spent five weeks without the use of their kitchen because of a burst water pipe. They waited and watched as new floors, cabinets and appliances were installed -- and begrudgingly took their baby and toddler to dine out for nearly every meal. The expense, she said, was astounding. And the food choices were more limited than my friend expected, especially for someone who leans toward an organic, whole food diet. I can't imagine ushering young children to a restaurant every day. It's challenging enough while on vacation. Fitting into a daily routine would be exhausting, don't you think?

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