It’s 8:00 AM on a typical weekday morning. You are carrying a child and briefcase in one arm, a full garbage bag in the other and your keys clenched in your teeth.
It’s 8:00 AM on a typical weekday morning. You are carrying a child and briefcase in one arm, a full garbage bag in the other and your keys clenched in your teeth. You make it to the car when you suddenly realize that you forgot your laptop and you are already running late for an early meeting. You quickly make your way back to your front door and insert the key in the lock. Not only are you not able to unlock the door but the key is jammed in the lock and you can’t even take it out. Now what are you supposed to do?
After many years working in the locksmith industry, I can honestly say that people often run into trouble with their locks at the absolute most inconvenient times. The thing about keys getting stuck in locks is that this can very often be avoided by handling problems with locks as soon as they start acting up.
Locks are very solid and well engineered, especially those developed by the top manufacturers. With very few exceptions, locks don’t just suddenly seize up and stop working. Over time, locks will suffer a gradual deterioration. First, you might have to jiggle the key a little in order to open the lock and it will slowly get worse from there.
The best way to maintain your locks and insure that they function correctly is to apply some lubricant to the lock about twice a year. Keys accumulate small amounts of dirt from your pockets or simply from the air. Each time you insert your key into the lock, some of this dirt inevitably gets stuck in the lock. As the dirt accumulates, it will make its way into the inner workings of the lock and slowly wear them down. A little sprits of WD-40 or other similar lubricant will keep your locks running smoothly and reduce any residual damage caused by accumulated.
If you insert the key in the lock and the key literally just turns without engaging any of the interior mechanisms of the lock then you can pretty much assume that the lock has seen its last day. This is a sign of irreparable damage to the lock and your only option is to have a locksmith take a drill to the lock and replace it.
In order to avoid any real trouble with your lock, it is recommended that you call a locksmith as soon as you feel that a lock is “going south.” FC Locksmith offers professional locksmith services to Toronto and the entire GTA. If you have a lock that’s giving you trouble then give us a call. We’ll have one of our technicians to your location immediately and get you back in the saddle and on track without skipping a beat.