As you begin your annual spring-cleaning chores, your door locks, like the rest of your home, may need a little TLC. It is important to perform regular maintenance on your front door locks to keep them in good shape in order to maintain your home’s security.
Also, pay attention to your door lock’s condition so that you recognize the signs that your lock needs to be replaced.
Residential locksmiths have some great tips to keep your doors and locks in shape, so keep reading to learn more.
Check the Deadbolt
First things first. Make sure your main door lock and deadbolt are operating as they should be. You should be able to open and close the deadbolt’s latch without having to lift or pull the door. If you have this problem, your locks are not in proper alignment with the door. Also check that the bolt extends completely. If it does not, the deadbolt is not securely locked.
A good way to extend a lock’s life is to keep it clean and free of rust and corrosion. However, cleaning with the wrong chemicals can cause more harm than good. Using a damp rag or a mild detergent with a little elbow grease should be all it takes to effectively clean your lock. Using a product that’s petroleum-based can have a caustic, abrasive effect and damage the lock’s exterior.
It is recommended that you lubricate your locks on an annual basis. This can be accomplished by spraying a small amount of lubricant into the lock’s opening (the keyway) and using your key to remove any dirt or debris. Avoid using a petroleum-based lubricant; opt for graphite or Teflon.
Your house keys are subjected to a regular amount of use which results in wear and tear. This can cause a key to lose its shape and become increasingly difficult to use. Keys do not last as long as locks do. It is a good idea to have duplicate keys made to avoid winding up with a stubborn key that gets constantly jammed inside the lock, or worse, breaks off in the lock completely.
If your locks are problematic to the point where they need regular repairs, it may make more sense to simply replace them. Locks, like all hardware, have a shelf life. After years of wear and tear, locks can break and fail to securely latch. They can stick and become difficult to open and shut. If your lock is visibly corroded or rusted and/or doesn’t function properly, it is a good idea to invest in a new lock to keep your home safe and secure.
Lock maintenance is an important part of spring cleaning. With some routine maintenance, you can make sure that your locks are working properly and securing your home the way they should. In some instances, it’s time to replace your locks and a trusted local locksmith is happy to help. The sooner you recognize the signs of a faulty lock the better; time is of the essence when it comes to home security.
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