What to Do About Your Broken Window

What to Do About Your Broken Window

March 6, 2019

Broken windows can happen at just about any time, especially if you have children who enjoy playing with balls or other flying projectiles outside (or inside). It’s unfortunate, but it happens. For this reason, it’s important for you to know exactly what steps you should take if you ever find yourself having to deal with a broken window.

If you can’t get a repair specialist out to your home right away, never fear—there are some steps you can take yourself to make some temporary window repairs in El Paso, TX. The methods you use to repair the window will depend primarily on the kind of damage your window glass has sustained, and where in the glass that damage is located. Keep in mind that any fix you make is merely temporary until you’re able to get a window specialist out to your property.

With this in mind, here are some strategies you can employ to repair your windows temporarily:

  • Window cracks: If your window is cracked, your main goal with your temporary repair should simply be to stop air from getting into or out of your home and to prevent any rain from dripping through the crack until the pane can be replaced. You don’t need to worry about making this a pretty repair job, as again, it’s only temporary. You can use duct tape or clear packing tape to cover up the crack on both the inside and outside of the pane. Just make sure you don’t push down too hard when applying the tape—the last thing you want to do is accidentally make the crack worse, or push the glass fully out of the frame.
  • Shatters or large holes: If the window has fully shattered or has a very large hole in it, you’re going to first need to remove all the remaining glass pieces from the window. If you have a large pane, it might be a good idea to fully remove the window frame and put it down on a flat surface before you proceed with taking out the glass pieces, though most window sizes will allow you to accomplish this while it’s still in place. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
    • Always wear protective gear, and put down a tarp to protect the area around the window while also collecting any pieces of falling broken glass. You can either remove the glass piece by piece, or cover the pane with masking tape and tap it with a hammer to loosen it out of its position.
    • Seal off the open area with plastic until you’re able to replace the glass. If the weather is cold outside, you might also consider adding bubble wrap or hanging a quilt or blanket over the area.
  • Extensive damage: For significant damage, it might make sense to board up the entire window opening. You’ll need to drill plywood into studs in the area to make this happen. Again, this is a last-ditch effort that should only be used for major damage to your windows.

For more information about home window repair in El Paso, TX, contact David’s Glass & Mirrors LLC today.

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