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Key Replacement Tips For Homeowners

by Gabe Herrera

The keys to your locks can be among the most basic components of your building's security system. However, there can still be instances where you will need to make sure to follow best practices if you are to avoid problems from routine issues with keys.

Appreciate The Benefits Of Replacing Keys That Have Become Warped

One common problem that people will have with their locks is that the keys can actually warp over time. Once the key starts to become bent, its ability to release the lock will be severely limited. In fact, it can be possible for the key to damage the internal components of the lock if it is sufficient warped as it will put tremendous pressure on the internal components of the locking mechanism. When you notice that your keys are starting to warp, you should take the time to have a replacement key made so that you can avoid accidentally damaging the lock. In addition to keeping the building more secure, this simple step can also reduce the risk to pay for a replacement lock to be installed.

Be Careful When Removing A Broken Key From A Lock

Eventually, you may find that your key breaks off in your lock when you are attempting to use it. This can be a stressful situation, and many individuals will make the mistake of damaging the lock while they are attempting to get the broken part of the key out. Ideally, you should use a pair of needle-nose pliers to gently pull out the key without wiggling it from side to side. If you are unable to do this, there are emergency locksmiths that will be able to safely remove the broken key and craft a replacement. In many instances, this may only take a couple of hours, which can help you avoid the need to take a drastic step such as breaking out a window.

Keep Spare Keys Secure

Keep spare keys available can be a convenient solution to avoiding being locked out of your home. However, failing to properly secure these keys can lead to a situation where unauthorized individuals may be able to easily gain entry to the building. For individuals that want to keep this key in the garage or another accessible area, it is advisable to keep it in a combination safe. This will allow you to retrieve the key when you need it while ensuring that only a person with the combination to the safe will be able to gain access to it.

Contact a locksmith to get replacement keys.