Emergency Window Repair – What To Do Next

emergency window repairAccidents happen! But, still, they are a pain to deal with and you’ve got a pane that is causing you pain. (Try to keep a sense of humor, because things just go better with humor).

Pre-repair Response

  • Direct all children and pets away from the broken pane.
  • Inspect the area at least 6 feet from the point of broken window pane. Glass can shatter and travel an amazing radial distance from the point of breakage. Be sure to inspect both the exterior and interior.
  • Mark off the area so as to keep anyone from trampling the breakage beyond the immediate site. Consider moving furniture or other mobile objects away from the breakage to form the protective perimeter for you to work.
  • Gather together these items:
    1. Protective footwear: no need to cut a foot while trying to make emergency repairs. Be certain not to track the breakage beyond the immediate point.
    2. Protective gloves: be sure they are adequate to keep a barrier between the piercing glass shards and your skin (leather, heavy rough cloth, etc.).
    3. Protective eye wear: if goggles are not available, at least consider sunglasses or regular eye glasses to shield your eyes (these tiny glass splinters can be whisked into your eyes very easily by wind or your own hand motions).
    4. Waste can that is enclosed: no need to spread glass slivers everywhere, especially those not easily detected by the eye.
    5. Waste pan: something that catches the swept glass or can be used to scoop the large glass pieces into the waste can.
    6. Broom and/or vacuum: A hand vacuum may be good for the really small pieces of glass, but these tend to have too small a catch bag for any glass of any size. Be certain the vacuum bag can be discarded without having to grasp the bag (glass still cuts inside a bag or not).
    7. Cardboard or panel wood squares the size of the broken pane(s).
    8. 1 to 2 inch tape of adequate length to seal the cardboard or panel wood square as needed.
    9. 2 inch by 2 inch approximate trim board (if needed to secure the repair panel wood square to frame or wall).
    10. Nail or staples and a hammer.
    11. Rubber bands or clips large enough to gather back any curtains, draperies, blinds, or screens.
  • Using the protective footwear, eye wear and gloves, carefully fold back any curtains, draperies, blinds, or screens and secure with rubber bands, clips, or the tape. Be sure to stay aware of any glass shards that may have been projected into these related articles. Allow any glass fragments to be shaken from these and fall to the floor for collection.
  • Before removing furniture, shelving, appliances from the immediate area, check for glass particles. Removal of cushions, coverings, books, plants, etc. should not be done prior to this examination. Allow any glass fragments to be shaken from these and fall to the floor for collection. Use of the vacuum might be required.
  • If the pane is shattered but has not separated and remains essentially intact, you have one of three choices:
    • Tape the intact pane so as to keep its overall structure.
    • Remove any portion of the pane that is not stable enough to tape. Tape the remaining portion and apply the cardboard or wood panel square for essential protection from further discard.
    • Using the hammer, break out the entire pane and discard. Apply the cardboard or wood panel square for essential protection.
  • If there is gaping separation in the window pane, with waste can readily available, carefully discard the larger glass pieces into the waste can. You may need the waste pan to help scoop the glass while using the protective gloves.
  • If necessary affix a wood trim to the frame or wall with hammer and nails or staples to have a brace in order to apply the cardboard or wood panel square for essential protection.
  • Collect the broken glass by sweeping and then vacuuming the area for a minimum of six feet radius.

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