If a window in your home has broken, possibly due to a baseball or fallen tree limb, you will want to make sure to schedule a window replacement as soon as possible to prevent anyone from getting injured, pests from getting inside the home, and security-related problems from happening. A glass replacement company will have technicians with the skills and tools necessary to replace the window, but you may be curious as to what steps you can take to help speed up the process before they get to your home. Here are three things you can do to prepare for the replacement of your window.
Clean and Seal the Area
In the event that the window shattered when it broke, you will want to clean up any broken glass. To ensure that you do not injure yourself while doing this, make sure to use a brush and dustpan. In addition, you should wear long pants and sleeves, closed-toe shoes with thicker soles, heavy leather gloves, and protective eye gear. Since there is a chance that small pieces of glass may have traveled farther than you think, vacuum not only around the window but in the entire room. Do this a few different times for safety. Use some duct or masking tape and cover the gap with a trash bag.
Remove Any Window Treatments
Before the glass replacement technicians arrive, you will want to make sure that any and all window treatments are removed from the damaged window. This includes blinds, curtains, drapes, and shutters (exterior and interior). You should also take down and move any wall décor nearby. All of these items can get in the way of the technicians as they are trying to perform their jobs. In addition, they can also be vulnerable to damage during the process of replacement. These items can all be stored in another room to keep them out of harm's way.
Create a Clear Path to the Window
When the technicians arrive, you want to make sure that they have a clear path from the front door to the damaged window. They don't need to be moving through a maze of your furniture, the kids' toys, and household clutter. If there is anything in the way that could cause them to trip and fall or that is in the way of them getting to the window, make sure that it is removed before they arrive to replace the window. If you have them available, consider placing drop cloths down on the floor to protect your flooring. The technicians may have some with them, but it is better to be safe than sorry if you just had new flooring put down recently.
For more information on what you need to do to prepare for a window replacement, get in touch with the technicians before they arrive.