Summer is the perfect time for outdoor games, but it’s also the perfect time for window accidents. A foul ball or a wild pitch can easily cause a broken window, leading to a major league headache. When the glass breaks — and the baseball players scatter! — make sure to take the necessary steps for safety and quick repairs.
Safety is key when dealing with a broken window. Glass shards can present a problem to bare summer feet, so cleaning up all the glass is the first priority. If there are dangerous pieces of glass still hanging in the window, put on heavy work gloves and gently remove and dispose of the remaining fragments.
If the window is on the ground floor, make sure it’s secure when leaving the house and during the night. Take the necessary steps — board up the window, turn on alarm systems, etc. — so your home remains safe until the window can be replaced.
Keep the Heat Out
A broken window in the summer can cause the AC to work overtime to make up for the heat that is seeping in. While waiting for the window to be fixed, cover the pane as best as possible, even if it’s with an unsightly piece of wood. Also make sure to keep shutters or curtains closed on the window to reduce light and solar heat.
Repair the Window as Soon as Possible
A broken window is a hazard, and it’s not very attractive to look at for any length of time. Getting the window fixed quickly is essential.
Before new glass can be installed, the window should be cleaned and prepared. Make sure the broken pane is free of glass shards (remember to wear gloves!) and remove all dirt and debris from the broken area.
Once the window is prepared and ready to be fixed, it’s time to evaluate repair options. With the proper tools and do-it-yourself guides, some small breaks, especially if it’s a single pane, can be fixed without hiring an expert. If the new glass is installed incorrectly, however, it may damage the window even further. Calling an expert to solve the problem will ensure the repairs are handled correctly and safely. Often it makes better financial sense to replace the window. for a free estimate on our energy-saving windows and doors.
No matter the kind of break or damage done to the window, it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure safety and get the repairs made in a timely manner. Prevention is also an excellent way to keep windows safe, so keep the baseball games in the outfield and not next to the home.