There’s no telling when your door locks or keys will break. It can happen anytime, even in the middle of the night. Worse, you may find yourself locked either in or out of your own home when you’re rushing to do something. It’s embarrassing and a lot of hassle. Calling a professional locksmith is the best option. However, when you’re late for an appointment or can’t get to a phone, your first instinct is to attempt to fix the problem yourself.
There are quick solutions you can try, but remember these aren’t substitutes for a professional repair or installation, since quick fixes could compromise your home’s security.
Removing a Broken Key
A key can break off inside a lock. However, you can try to remove it with a pair of pliers. Grab the part that’s hanging out of the keyhole and gently turn it upright. Then, slowly pull it out while slightly jiggling the doorknob back and forth. If this doesn’t work, you may have to wait for a Myrtle Beach, SC locksmith to come as there might be bigger problems that caused the key to break. Whatever the reason, you should immediately fix the problem because a broken key or lock can invite thieves, even moments after you leave the house.
Fixing Loose Doorknobs
A loose doorknob can break keys off and affect the locking mechanism’s function. You can address this by tightening any loose screws that are holding the doorknob in place. However, old age and missing screws will already require a replacement, which is a job for a professional locksmith.
Smoothing Out Sticky Door Locks
Your door locks might become sticky over time due to the accumulation of dirt and debris, or even just the weather. When this happens, you must lubricate the lock to keep it operating properly. Avoid spraying light oil into the keyhole because this may gum up the locking mechanism. Instead, get a spray lubricant that is specifically designed for locks. This may do the trick if the door lock is still in reasonably good condition. If it’s old and worn, then you may have to call a professional to have it replaced. An average lock lasts for seven years, so if yours is past its prime, lubrication may no longer be enough.
Learning about these quick fixes can be handy. However, even if you manage to fix the issue, don’t forget to have a professional locksmith inspect your doors and locks thereafter to ensure that security is still tight.
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