After an incident at your home occurs that has left you with a broken window, you may have to wait a few days to get the window fixed. In the meantime, you may want to temporarily cover the hole in the window to prevent bugs and birds from flying in. Here are two steps you should take to protect yourself and your family while you wait for the window repair company to arrive.
Clean Up The Mess
A broken window is likely to leave pieces of glass lying on the floor inside of your home, or on the ground outside the home. These pieces of glass might be large, or they might be so small that you cannot see them, but they can cause injuries if someone steps on them or touches them.
The first step you should take is to clean up this mess, and you should wear shoes and heavy-duty gloves as you do this. To clean up the mess, you should:
- Pick up large pieces of glass, and throw them into your garbage can outside.
- Remove any loose pieces of glass from the window.
- Vacuum up the entire area inside your home to ensure that there are no shavings of glass left on the floor. Make sure you vacuum the window frame as well as the floor and furniture around it.
Once you are done cleaning up the mess, you can move on to your temporary fix. At this point you should also call a window repair company to schedule an appointment to have the window fixed.
Cover The Hole
To temporarily fix this window, you can use one of the following methods:
- Tape – clear packaging tape or masking tape work well for holes in windows. If using tape, place pieces of tape over both sides of window. The tape will seal the holes so bugs cannot get through, and it will hold the rest of the glass in place while you wait.
- Plastic – if you have a piece of plastic that is big enough to cover the entire window, you can place it up against the window, and you can use a stapler to attach it to the window frame. With this method, the outside of the window is not protected, so you may want to place pieces of tape over the exterior of it.
These methods will keep the glass intact until the window repair company arrives. When they eventually show up, they may be able to remove the glass from the window and replace it with a new piece of glass, or they may have to replace the entire window.