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What to Do When Your Glass Shower Screen Breaks

What to Do When Your Glass Shower Screen Breaks

Glass can break due to wear and tear, accidents etc. and when this happens there are certain things you are required to do in order to secure the area. This will prevent further damage. In such a situation, the first thing you need to think about is the safety of yourself and family.

Once the shower screen has shattered,

You need to make sure that everyone stays away from the area. And this is very important when it comes to children and pets. Ensure the door is firmly closed when you are engaged in clean-up. This will prevent anybody from wandering into the area can getting injured or cut. You have to ensure your protection as well before you start clean-up. This means wearing protective gear like closed toe shoes with thick soles and thick gloves. This will prevent you from getting injured. Sometimes the broken glass will be in fragments or shards all across the bathroom. Make sure to open a window so that the area is well ventilated. This will help disperse any particles that were created during the accident.

You need to cordon off the area

By using barriers and maybe have a sign so that anybody who is not aware of the danger will have a good understanding of what they are facing. And this will caution them. When cleaning up, you have to remove the larger pieces first. You can have them placed in a sturdy container. You should not be using bare hands to touch the glass. You can use a vaccum to remove smaller glass fragments. Make sure to use a nozzle attachment for this. Any other remaining pieces can be swept up by a broom. You need to be gentle in your cleaning as putting too much pressure when sweeping can scatter the fragments. Another helpful tip is to use damp paper particles to pick up very small glass particles. You can use them to pick up any particles on the shower floor, tiles or countertops. Also, it is a good idea to contact an emergency service for glass replacement and repairs. They will be able to replace the glass quickly and ensure minimal disruption to your routine.   

The glass pieces and fragments you collected should be disposed of in a safe manner.

The large pieces can be wrapped in a thick cloth or newspaper. Once you do this, you can put this in a sealed plastic bag. There are also local regulations that specify how to dispose of glass responsibly. And in some areas, you will be able to take it to a recycling centre. Sometimes you will need professional assistance for cleaning up the area. This can be if the breaking of the glass has led to structural damage. Sometimes you may not be confident about handling the situation so you need to make sure that you consult a professional to understand what the process entails. Sometimes the breakage may be due to a manufacturing defect so in this case, it is important that you document the incident by taking photographs.