Dealing With Broken Glass

Broken glass can be a real pain. Whether you’re dealing with a small crack or shattered glass, or a small glass figurine or an entire window, glass can be sharp and dangerous. Here are some ideas on how to deal broken glass.

How To Clean it Up

As a general rule, you should never pick up broken glass with bare hands. It’s also best to not use a broom—small bits of glass can get caught in the bristles of broom and be spread elsewhere in the house. To dispose of broken glass, place it in a container or cardboard box before throwing it in the trash.

This could help you to avoid any cuts or scratches when taking out the trash. If you have an entire window break, get it replaces as soon as possible, but until then cover it up with taped cardboard to prevent any additional accidents and keep the weather from affecting your house.

Repair or Replace?

When it comes to broken glass, it’s not always worth repairing. Replacing the glass may be the easier (and cheaper) option. If the broken glass is of personal significance to you, it may be worth investing the time and money to repair. However, if the broken glass holds no meaning, it’ll likely easier to just repair it.

Can You Fix It Yourself?

Dealing with broken glass can be dangerous. Depending on the extent of the damage, it may not be a good idea to attempt a repair yourself. If something small such as a glass, plate, or vase, has a clean break, you may be able to repair it yourself. A clean break would mean that there are only a few pieces or even just a crack. There are many online tutorials for small and simple fixes like this.

When to Call a Professional

If broken glass is involved, it’s probably a good idea to hire a professional. Relying on an experienced worker to replace that cracked shower panel or broken window pane will give you a peace of mind that the job is done right. You can expect exceptional workmanship and a reliable service. A sloppy repair job may lead to another needed repair much soon. It may also mean having an eyesore for a window of glass panel until you do replace it. Not to mention, glass can be sharp and dangerous when it is not properly installed.

A trained professional can effectively repair or replace the glass. They can handle all different sizes and styles, whether simple or complex installations. For a long-lasting fix, call a pro. Another benefit of calling a professional—your glass may be under warranty.

Repair (or Replace) ASAP

Broken glass in a home should be dealt with immediately. If it is glass that is connected to outside, it will let the cold (or hot) air into your house. It can also invite outdoor odors to invade your home. And of course, it does present danger as it is much easier for intruders to break into your house through already broken glass. If your glass is not yet broken but cracked, it can easily (and quickly) worsen. Be sure to replace or repair any damaged glass in a timely manner.