I Broke My Window, What Do I Do First?
Uh-oh, you broke your window? Whether the window is cracked or totally shattered and spilled out on the ground – it’s imperative that the windowpane is professionally repaired or replaced as quickly as possible.
Need help now? Call 833-974-0209 for 24/7 emergency service.
A cracked window can pose a serious threat to your home. Don’t let broken window glass affect your safety. Read on to learn how you can keep your household safe while awaiting professional repair.
What to Do With a Broken Window: Pre-Replacement and Repair
- Call Glass Doctor®
Call our 24/7 emergency service line, 833-974-0209, or contact your local Glass Doctor directly to schedule an appointment. (Often, we can schedule service immediately, eliminating the need for you to do steps 3 and 4 below.)
- Determine the cause of the broken window
If you suspect your window has been broken as the result of a break-in, call the police immediately to file a report. This will also document the cause of the damage for the insurance claim. If the window needs to be replaced because of an act of nature or accident, you may also want to file an insurance claim to cover the cost of a replacement window. Before you try to clean up the damage, make sure to call your homeowners insurance carrier and determine whether they will need to inspect the damage or if a photo of the damage is sufficient evidence for a claim.
- Clean up any broken glass
If the window has shattered and left glass on the ground, carefully clean it up. Protect yourself and the members of your household from broken glass. Use heavy duty work gloves for the large pieces and a broom or shop vac for the small pieces.
Should any shards of glass remain stuck in a window frame, carefully remove them while wearing gloves. It may be easiest to pull these remaining shards using a pair of pliers.
- Secure the window or opening
Using plastic sheeting, cardboard or plywood, cover the window opening. These materials are the most effective options for temporary protection from the elements.
24/7 Emergency Broken Window Pane Repair & Replacement
If you’re worried about the safety or security of your home or business in the short term, contact your local Glass Doctor for emergency service, Locations that offer 24/7 emergency services equip their technicians with glass for emergency replacements. If an emergency repair or replacement cannot be completed with the glass on hand, our technician will carefully board up and secure the window or door opening, keeping your family safe.
Choose Glass Doctor for Broken Window Pane Repair
Like any home repair, a broken window is more than just an unsightly inconvenience.
Broken windows can cause security issues and can be interpreted as a sign of neglect by burglars. Additionally, a cracked window can allow cold air to enter the home in the winter and rain and humidity to enter in the summer.
Because, it’s important to repair a broken window as soon as possible …
Let Glass Doctor fix your panes! Call 833-974-0209 for 24/7 emergency service or schedule an appointment online.