As you’re cruising around the city, you might notice a small crack on your vehicle window, or even on the window of your residential or commercial building. Although you might think that it’s just a minor fracture, the seemingly insignificant crack can in fact turn into a more serious problem if left unattended.
Chipped Window Glass
Sometimes, driving behind a dump truck or a similar vehicle will cause small rocks to chip your glass. Whether the window chip was caused by a hailstorm or by rocks/debris, leaving it without repair will most likely leave room for the buildup of debris inside the crack.
Chips are usually too small to notice, but as soon as you hear a large thump sound from a hit, that’s your queue to take action. If dirt and debris compile, this will cause the crack to grow. When it comes to windshield glass cracks, passing your windshield wipers over a chip can actually make matters worse.
The debris will be embedded inside the crack. Having a larger crack can then trigger the glass to break due to the impact of external elements (small or large).
Getting the Glass Crack Repaired
The compilation of debris can make the glass virtually impossible to repair, which is why you should repair a minor crack as soon as possible. Getting a repair right away will also reduce the risk of shattered glass in the time of an accident, which can eventually put your health and that of your passengers in danger.
Sometimes, you may not have the necessary financial means to pay for the repair right when your glass is chipped, or you might have issues with scheduling. If that’s the case, then you can use regular clear tape to cover the chipped area until you get it fixed. This will prevent the crack from getting worse.
Just be sure not to place any other type of cover, like glue, on the chip. One myth about repairing the glass yourself is that you can do so with a DIY solution or a repair kit. In reality, this can actually make matters worse, and damage your chances of getting a simple repair.
You can prevent your window from getting cracks by not driving behind dump trucks or in areas where your car is susceptible to getting damage. Also, you should check weather reports to be sure to stay away from bad weather.
Additionally, you shouldn’t park in areas where children might be playing. Sometimes, it’s even better to park indoors to stay clear of any potentially destructive factors.
Finally, you should leave your vehicle repair to the professionals. At Team Acme, our experts will examine your window glass and tell you whether a repair would suffice. If the damage is too serious, we’ll walk you through the process of getting a replacement.
To get more information about how to get started on your window glass repair, contact Team Acme today.