Common Lock Problems and How to Fix Them

Common Lock Problems and How to Fix ThemWhatever the time of year it is, no-one wants to deal with a dodgy lock that can heavily reduce your home security. With Christmas on the horizon, opportunistic burglars will be getting excited, ready to scout potential targets. If you’re having trouble with your locks, your home could be next on their agenda. The only people you want through your doors this Christmas are friends, family and Father Christmas.

With the help of locksmiths in the Midlands and across the country, many lock issues are easily fixable meaning you don’t have to worry any longer.

Make sure that you check your doors and windows regularly so that you know if your home is suffering from any of the issues outlined below. Remember – if you require expert help to fix the problem, get an emergency locksmith as soon as you can.

Here are some of the most common problems that you may have to deal with at some point during your time as a homeowner:

Broken Locks

Broken locks are incredibly common. Sometimes it’s just a case of adding a little WD40 to the lock if it’s a bit stiff. However, if the problem persists and seems greater than just ‘being a bit stiff’ then be sure to give the experts a call. A simple problem left alone could lead to a much greater dilemma down the line.

Sticking Keys

Sticking keys are an absolute bugbear for many of us. While most of the time, a bit of jiggling will get the door to open, it is an issue that needs to be fixed at some point. There is no substitute for secure doors when faced with the possibility of a break in or emergency.

Although this next point may seem a little obvious, it’s an ever-so common occurrence that can prevent the call-out of a locksmith unnecessarily at your expense. Be sure the right key is being used. In many instances a locksmith is called out only to find that the homeowner was just using the wrong key all along. If in doubt, label your keys accordingly and be safe in the knowledge that when something goes wrong with your key or lock it’s not your fault!

Furthermore, use a little olive oil or WD40 to lubricate the cylinder if the key continues to stick or, if it’s particularly cold, use a little heat because the lock may have frozen.

Lost or Stolen Keys

As you will all be aware of, it’s extremely common for keys to be left behind – at shops, on the bus or out on the town. This is a major issue causing personal irritation and safety risks. While chances of someone picking up your keys and matching them to your house are slim, you can never be too careful. Keep a spare set with a family member or trusted neighbour so that you can access your home and call the emergency locksmith ASAP to change your locks.

Keep yourself, your home and your belongings safe with some fully functioning locks and don’t lose your keys!

This article was written by Roxanne Wells on behalf of Centrasec.

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