The relationship between key and lock

Keys and door locks have a very intricate relationship, as these are intricate gears that work together.  If the inner part of your lock has any damage, the likelihood of a damaged key also increases.  Having one of these is already enough of a struggle to deal with for homeowners, even only thinking of having both of these problems is a nightmare.  Rather fix one problem, before it becomes an expensive problem.

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If my lock is broken, the door is still okay, right?

If a lock is neglected and left in a broken state for an extended period of time, the integrity of the hardware of the door is in danger of being compromised.  This is important to note, especially if the lock is still somewhat usable, because people tend to let locks be broken for too long.  This then caused damage to the structure of the door – especially where the latch is and the wood surrounding it.  Rather have broken locks fixed than having to replace an entire door.

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How can the hinges break the lock?

If your door’s hinges are loose, then there is the possibility that your lock’s mechanism can slam into the door frame and damage the cylinder.  Loose hinges can also cause your door to slam more often, also causing damage to the cylinder.  Keeping them tightened is a good idea if you want your locks to work for a long time.

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Why you shouldn’t wait when a lock is broken

Basically, the fundamental area of your security is now in danger.  This makes it easier for thieves and criminals to get access to your home with less effort, and there is nothing to stop them.  For example, if your lock is broken and your doors can’t fully close, this is an invitation to criminals.  If your lock is broken in a way that makes it easier for criminals to pick the lock, your security and privacy are also in question.  Rather have the peace of mind of a lock you can trust.

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Look after the hardware too

It is easy to assume that a piece of hardware, such as a door, doesn’t need too much maintenance, because it is big and it isn’t something that you think about.  Sadly, neglecting your doors and other components means that you put yourself and your family’s safety in danger.  Looking after the wooden door by varnishing it often is vital, oiling and tightening hinges is vital, and cleaning your door handle often will ensure a lock lasting longer.

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Maintaining the locks

Maintaining your door lock is luckily very simple to do.  All you do is clean the handle with soapy water once a week to keep dust and dirt from going into your lock.  Then you get a silicone lubricant, like WD-40, and spray it into your lock, before moving your key around to spread the lubricant.  This is also great for your gears, meaning they will last longer. 

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Help! The key is stuck!

Your key getting stuck in a lock is also a clear indicator that the lock is broken.  Before that happens, however, your key will first struggle to unlock the door, and it will be a struggle to remove it from the lock itself.  When the happens, you need to call us to help you with this.  This little annoyance can be dangerous for the health of not just your locks, but also your door handle, the door itself, the hinges and the frame.

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Tip 14 – How to spot a broken lock

One of the easiest ways to find a broken lock, is when the key that was issued with it no longer opens the lock. there might be a problem with your door lock cylinder.  It is also plausible, of course, that they key itself is broken, although this is easier to see, and easier to fix yourself.  Whenever this happens, give us a call for advice and guidance.

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Tip 13 – Don’t Overlook Things

As a person owning or renting a home, it can be simple to overlook small problems or ignore them for the time being, because you don’t think it is that much of an issue.  The sad reality is that locks, doors and hinges need maintenance on a regular basis, and they are often forgotten.  However, a broken lock is a big issue, because your safety is in danger, and it needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

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Tip 12: Invest in a tracking device

No, not the Bluetooth tracker from before that you use to find your keys: this is a GPS tracker to help you, your insurance company and the authorities find your car, should your vehicle be stolen at any point in the future.  These trackers usually come with an app or computer program, so you can always know where your car is – or even where your employees are when it comes to driving company vehicles.  This will help you in the case of a thievery, and even in the case of a fraudulent employee, or an employee that is wasting company resources.

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