We are not saying that if you have a glass pool fence installed that damages are inevitable, however, accidents do happen and damages can occur. This could be caused by a number of reasons, rocks from lawn mowers or other types of backyard equipment, weighty objects coming into contact with the edge of the glass screen, or simply something heavy falling on it from a height. Despite the fact that all glass panels for pool fencing have been toughened they can nevertheless form tiny, sharp bits of glass after a crack. All Australian Pool fences should meet the Australian Standard AS/NZS2208 and are classified as “Grade A Toughened Safety Glass”. That means that there shouldn’t be any shards of glass but rather a pile of little glass cubes, they look harmless enough but can create delicate little cuts on your skin unless dealt with correctly. That is why we wanted to tell you what to do if you have a Broken Pool Fence.
First off is to make sure that no-one walks in the vicinity with no footwear, and if possible move as much glass from the boundary of the pool. If you’re lucky and your glass panel is not in the direct vicinity of the pool then you can start to remove it straight away. You will have to use a normal broom that as rigid as possible or else you will find it quite tough to sweep it up. Next off, take into consideration the mass of a glass panel (up to 70kg), that signifies that there is this quantity of glass in weight on the ground and you will need a tough container to put it in. Don’t try and use any kind of plastic bag, just consider it should be a container that can handle the weight.
Try not to handle the shattered glass from the Broken Pool Fence at all with bare hands, a reliable pair of yard gloves should be a minimum step– if you have something more durable, grab those. It is also recommended to use a metal dustpan if you have one, a plastic one will do the job but you may find it struggle to hold all the mass of the glass. Once you have picked up all the glass from the area outside the pool, then it is time to retrieve the glass from the pool. A pair of swimming or diving goggles is ideal to use here and the glass pieces will be a lot easier to see if not in direct sunlight. Use the dustpan under the water to gather as much as possible. A handy trick is to then place a sieve or some type of netting over the basket of your filter box and use the vacuum hose of your pool pump to retrieve the rest. This will prevent any glass going through your filter system and causing potential damage.
Once you have removed the glass as best you can it is time to find a glass pool fence company that supply and install replacement screens for the Broken Pool Fence. Not all glass pool fence contractors will do this as it can be very expensive and tricky to predict the time required for each individual job. Bear in mind this won’t be the exact same price as you acquired your glass pool fence per metre for, as the majority of the cost will be in labour, not supplies. Most panels require a minimum of two people to lift them and regularly two site visits are often required. One time to evaluate the dimensions of the replacement section, and the next visit to mount it. Prices can vary a lot on this sort of restoration job and we have found pricing on the market anywhere between $500 – $1000 per panel. The proportions of the panel will not change this price by much because as mentioned before, most of this fee is in labour.
It is always best to ensure that you have cleaned up as much of the glass from the Broken Pool Fence as possible as most companies will charge additional fees for cleaning. This can turn out be very pricey as you would be paying tradesmen by the hour to sweep up glass – so a good idea to have it done before they arrive.
If you wish to find out more about how do deal with a Broken Pool Fence, your pool fence, methods to avoid breakages, steps to take for care, or even get a cost-free quote on a replacement pool fence, then call us on 1300 937 902 and take a look at a few of our success stories at the Gold Coast Pool Fencing website