If it happens:
Stay Calm and Assess the Damage!
Breaking a window pane can be alarming, but stay calm. Assess the damage. Determine whether it's a minor crack or a shattered pane. Are there any safety concerns, such as sharp glass edges or loose fragments? If so, take precautions to avoid injury.
Secure the Area!
If the broken window poses a safety hazard, particularly if there are shards or exposed edges, secure the area. Put on protective gloves and carefully remove any loose glass fragments. Place them in a sturdy container or wrap them in newspaper or a plastic bag to prevent injury. Use caution to avoid cutting yourself or causing further damage.
Temporarily Seal the Window!
To prevent leaks, pests, or further damage to your home, it's important to temporarily seal the broken window. Remove any remaining glass pieces or debris from the window frame, then cover the broken area with a thick layer of clear plastic sheeting or heavy-duty packing tape. Make sure the covering is tightly secured to create a barrier against drafts and moisture.
Contact a Professional Window Repair Service!
While a temporary seal can provide a short-term solution, it's essential to contact a professional window repair service ASAP. Research and choose a reputable company experienced in repairing or replacing windows in residential or commercial settings. Need recommendations? Contact us. When you find a company that meets your expectations, explain the situation, provide necessary details, and schedule an appointment for them to assess and repair the window.
Document the Incident!
To support any insurance claims or potential reimbursement, you’ll need documentation. Take clear photographs of the broken window from different angles, capturing the extent of the damage. Keep any receipts or invoices related to the repair service or replacement materials.
Review Your Insurance Coverage!
Check your homeowner's insurance policy to determine if window breakage is covered. Contact your insurance provider to understand the process for filing a claim. Provide them with all necessary documentation, including photographs, repair estimates, and receipts. They will guide you through the claim process and advise you on any applicable deductibles or coverage limitations.
… and Learn from the Experience!
Breaking a window during the cleaning process can be a valuable learning experience. Take this opportunity to reflect on what went wrong and identify steps to prevent similar incidents in the future. Review your cleaning techniques, equipment, and safety measures. Consider trusting Platinum WIndow Cleaning if you're uncomfortable or inexperienced with the job. We’ll handle the rest.