If a glass window in your home has been smashed, you may be wondering what to do next. The shock of dealing with a broken window can make people behave in a way that makes the situation worse. This article will provide you with everything you need to know about preparing for a visit from a glass contractor. By following this advice, you can work to make sure you don't encounter any problems.
Do not attempt to remove broken glass
While it is OK to sweep up any broken glass from the floor, you should not attempt to remove any shards of glass from the window frame. If you try to remove any glass, you could become injured yourself. You may also damage the metal or PVC window frame as you remove broke pieces of glass. The glass should only be removed by a professional glass contractor, so leave any pieces of broken glass in the window frame.
Board-Up the window
If you do not plan to contact an emergency contractor who will be able to replace the window on the same day, you will need to take measures to board-up the broken window. Doing so will achieve two important things. Firstly, it will help you to maintain security. A broken window is an open invitation to criminals as it provides easy access to your property. Secondly, covering the broken pane of glass will help to prevent moisture and pests from entering your home. Both of these things could cause substantial damage to carpets and soft furnishings. Using a piece of wood that has been cut to size is a good approach. If you do not have access to wood, you may wish to use plastic sheeting. The use of cardboard is not encouraged as this material tends to disintegrate when it becomes wet.
Move furniture to allow for easy access
The contractor will need plenty of space to work in when replacing the glass in a windowpane. Make sure all furniture is moved out of the way to make it easy for them to move around your home. You should also make sure there are no electrical cables, outlets or computer data cables located near the window as these could create a hazard. It is also a good idea to cover furniture with a sheet as this will protect it from dust or damage.
If you would like to find out more, contact a glass replacement company today.