broken window or glass door - what to do

If you have at least one kid in your house, there is a good chance that you have experienced at least one broken window in the past - if not, there is probably one in your future. Do you know what to do if a window or glass door is broken in your home? How you clean it up, who replaces it and how you handle the entire situation will all have an impact on the outcome. My site contains tips for dealing with a broken window or glass door in your home. Hopefully, you will be able to learn from my many experiences and avoid the mistakes that I have made.

Dealing With A Leak Around The Windshield In Your Car


Water leaking into your car from a bad seal around the windshield can be very inconvenient and can have long-term effects on the steel body where the glass meets the car. Have an auto glass shop inspect the seal and determine if they can repair it or if there is a problem with the glass.

Leaking Seals

When your windshield starts to leak, the most common culprit is the seal around the glass. Most cars use either a rubber gasket or a urethane seal to hold the windshield in place, and over time, leaks can develop around the seal. Windshield repair shops can typically fix this issue, and in most cases, auto glass replacement is unnecessary. 

The glass may be in great shape, and the bond between the glass and the steel may have come loose. If your car uses a rubber gasket on the glass, the auto glass repair shop will remove the windshield and gasket from the vehicle and inspect the body where the two meet. If any rust has started to develop, the tech can wire brush the rust off the body and coat the area with a rust converter and sealer the prevent fourth problems.

Once the repair is made, the glass is reinstalled with a new rubber seal or gasket, and the tech will then check it for leaks. If the vehicle was in an accident of any kind before the leak started, it could cause the windshield opening to be slightly out of spec and make it hard to fix the leak.

Urethane Seals

Newer cars often use a urethane sealing material around the perimeter of the windshield, and if the seal is leaking, the glass will need to come out of the car to access the sealer. The auto glass technician will remove the old sealer from the car body and replace it all the way around. The glass is then put back in place and bonded to the sealer. 

The urethane seal has some flexibility, so the sealer will conform to the body and the glass and create a solid bond. Like with the rubber seal, the tech will check the glass for any leaks before releasing the car to you. 

If there is still a leak after replacing either of these seals, the auto glass company can use a sealer to fill the gaps around the glass and create a watertight windshield. 


15 May 2020