Whether it’s a game of catch gone awry or someone with a BB gun suffering from poor aim, we’ve all had to deal with a cracked window at one time or another. When a window breaks, the best thing to do is call a professional and have it replaced right away. However, sometimes it isn’t possible to do that immediately, and you need a quick fix that will keep your home safe and your broken window sealed. Here are some precautions you can take prior to calling for emergency services for your home windows in Laramie, WY.
- Cleanup: Before you can even bother to worry about patching or fixing your window, you need to clean up the damage to prevent further harm to you, your window and the rest of your home. Seal off the damaged area to protect your kids and pets, wear close-toed shoes and double bag all broken glass you pick up. Broken glass that has landed in carpet is particularly difficult to clean up; the best way to do it is to use strong gloves to pick up the big pieces, and then vacuum up the smaller ones. If there are still small pieces stuck in the carpet, use a scrubbing brush to bring them to the surface and then use strong tape to pull the glass out. It might take a while, but it’s an inexpensive and surefire way to rid your carpet of dangerous glass shards.
- Contain the crack: If your window cracked but didn’t shatter, you’ll need to take steps to ensure that the crack doesn’t spread. The best way to do this is actually a bit counterintuitive: in order to prevent a window crack from spreading, you need to add another marking to your window. Take a glass cutter and make a small half circle shape that surrounds the crack. Once you’ve made this mark, the crack likely won’t spread beyond the etching.
- Temporary fixes: If you’re just waiting a couple days until you can have the window assessed for replacement, there are some temporary fixes you can employ that involve simple household items. Heavy-duty garbage bags, wooden sashes and thick plastic are all fine temporary fixes for cracked or broken windows. Whatever works best at keeping the cold air out will do just fine.
- Super glue: Another good temporary fix, specifically for small cracks, is super glue. First, clean the area around the crack thoroughly with acetone, and then fill it in with superglue. Let it dry, and then add as many additional layers as necessary. The lighter the layers, the better.
- Fill small holes: If you have a small hole caused by a pebble or BB gun bullet, it might not seem urgent to have the window glass replaced right away, but you will want to fill the hole to keep out the elements and make your home look more attractive. The easiest, cheapest, and most convenient way to do this is to use either clear nail polish or shellac to fill in the hole. After a few layers, the clear substance will blend right in with the glass.
Next time your home experiences a cracked window, keep these steps in mind. Then call the team at Cowboy Glass LLC to repair your home windows in Laramie, WY.