How Do You Deal With A Smashed Window?
It may be scary but don’t panic.
There are many things that can cause an exterior door window to smash: you may have been testing out your new golf clubs and forgotten to go outside, you may have been playing football in the garden and scored an inadvertent own goal or you may have been moving furniture and underestimated how big your grand piano was. Whatever happened, smashing a window can be really quite alarming and you may be a bit flustered and not really sure what to do, especially if it is double glazing or in your conservatory or something.
Here is a concise guide outlining exactly what you should do if you happen to smash a window.
Make it safe
So there’s glass everywhere, your nice window is looking like burst balloon and you stand looking perplexed. What you need to do first is make it safe. Get some gloves on if you can, start to pick up all the glass carefully and put it in a cardboard box or a strong bag of some kind. Don’t try smashing any more of the window to clear it unless bits are hanging down and look like they might fall.
To stop the elements as well as people putting their hands through the open space and cutting themselves, you need to cover the gap. Ideally you should get some wood or strong cardboard and cut it to the exact size of the gap and nail or tape it firmly in place. If you don’t have any, get some tape and make a big ‘X’ over the gap so people know the window is gone. Birds may still get in though.
Get it fixed
Next thing you need to do is get it fixed pronto. A broken window is a hazard. Criminals and wild animals can get in. If it rains it will come straight in the window and it will get pretty cold in there quickly too. Go to your nearest yellow pages or search engine and put in phrases like ‘double glazing prices’ or ‘conservatory’ and you will be met with a whole list of companies that will be more than happy to come fix your broken window.
Make sure it doesn’t happen again
To avoid this happening in future you basically just need to be a bit more careful. If you didn’t have double glazing before it may be an idea to get it as it is generally a lot stronger than single glazing, not to mention better at insulating your home.