Don’t just focus on your lock itself, pay attention to your keys as well. The key is, after all, how you enter your car or home, and a broken key is a nightmare. Rather keep your keys safe, and call us immediately if you have a broken key.
A broken door lock is a potential emergency hazard, even more so if you neglect to fix the situation. Time is a very important factor in every single emergency situation, and a broken lock should definitely qualify as one. Broken door locks not only reduce the time that it takes to break into your home, but also the time that it takes you to enter your home, which could be something important to keep in mind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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