A door lock is a fickle thing. It can function perfectly in the morning, but won’t let you inside a few hours later. Of course, many keying problems can be solved without professional help, such as when your keys won’t turn and get stuck inside the lock. But there are instances when you must summon a locksmith right away or risk sleeping outside for the night.
Your Key Broke Off in the Lock
So your key was stuck and you have tried spraying it with WD-40 or a silicone solution. But, when you tried to wiggle it, it snapped and broke off while inside the lock. If there are still a few millimeters of metal jutting out from the lock, perhaps you can still use a flathead screwdriver or pliers to remove it yourself.
But when nothing sticks out—or worse, you can no longer see the metallic part of the key—the chances of you recovering the broken piece yourself are extremely slim.
Rekeying Your House
Changing door locks yourself might initially sound easy and less expensive than the alternative. However, you not only have to buy the locks and keys, but also the special tools and equipment necessary to install them.
Moreover, you are likely to not be familiar with the various types of locks out there, so, choosing the right one for you may be difficult. The installation process will also take up much more time compared to hiring an experienced locksmith to do it.
Fixing Faulty Deadbolts
Have you ever tried locking your door, but it refused to stay locked? The deadbolt is the most likely culprit. It is possible the bolt is not extending properly. Normally, a full inch must enter the hole beneath the strike plate. If it doesn’t, it can compromise the safety of your house.
The second possibility is a misaligned frame. This means the bolt lock and the strike plate aren’t at the same level. Again, if you are not experienced with installing these, you can waste a lot of time trying to install them. Moreover, you risk damaging the deadbolt even further.
When it comes to door locks, diagnosing the root of a problem is the key to fixing it properly. Without experience, this is unlikely to happen. Ever started a DIY project that looked so easy at first, but ended up a disaster? The same principle applies with your locks. Save time and money by hiring a trusted locksmith to take care of your problem effectively and efficiently.
Coastal Contract Hardware is an experienced locksmith serving the entire Grand Strand area, including installation and maintenance of all types of locks and doors. We service areas in North and South Carolina such as Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Conway, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Horry County, SC and other surrounding areas. To find out more, get in touch by visiting our contact page and filling out the form or call us at 843-946-3500. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook as well!