How to Temporarily Fix a Window in an Emergency

How to Temporarily Fix a Window in an Emergency

December 14, 2016

As your local source for 24/7 emergency window repair in Alaska, we’ve heard and seen it all. From snowball fights that got out of control to Christmas trees that fell out of their stands, it seems that there’s a lot of reasons why our customers suddenly find themselves in need of an emergency window repair during the winter months.

A broken window at any time of the year is a hassle because the broken glass becomes a hazard and the security of your home is at risk. In the winter, however, a broken window is more serious, because your home is now exposed to freezing winds and possibly driving snow. Although our 24/7 emergency services are quick and efficient, you may still need a temporary fix to keep the cold air out until we get there. In case of an emergency, here are a few tips on how to temporarily fix a broken window:

  • Always use protective gear: Whenever dealing with broken glass, you should always use protective gear. Use heavy-duty gloves when cleaning up glass off the floor or removing shards from the frame. If it is necessary to remove glass from the window frame, be sure to use protective eye gear as well.
  • Use tape for a cracked window: If your window is cracked but still intact, you may be able to temporarily fix it by simply using tape. Gently press on the glass to ensure that it’s still sturdy. If the crack withstands the pressure, go ahead and use packing tape or duct tape to seal the crack. Gently run your fingers over the tape to remove any bubbles and to ensure a tight seal.
  • Remove glass from a shattered window: For a shattered window, you will need to cover the whole window, but first you need to remove any broken glass left in the frame. Use gloves to carefully remove any broken pieces of glass from the frame. If slight force is needed, be sure to push the glass away from you or towards the outside of the house to avoid injuries or further damage.
  • Use plastic to cover the window: If you have heavy-duty plastic available to seal the window, measure the area that needs to be covered and then cut the plastic accordingly. Use packing tape or duct tape to secure the plastic in the window frame. If attaching the plastic to a wooden frame, you can use a staple gun to help secure it. If you don’t have heavy-duty plastic available, you can use bubble wrap or even a trash bag if necessary. The idea is to seal out the cold and protect your home from snow and rain until help arrives.

In an emergency, following the few steps above to fix a broken window can help protect your family and your home, but only temporarily. For a permanent solution, be sure to call the reliable team at Replacement Glass right away for any emergency window repair in Alaska.

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