Locks are often overlooked in their importance, as the forefront of your homes security it is important to maintain locks to ensure your homes long lasting safety. The peace of mind this brings makes the endeavour of maintaining them worthwhile, so we always recommend actioning this.
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Check Door Positioning
If your door is hanging down due to incorrect hinge positioning, this can put unneeded pressure on the doors lock, gradually wearing it down. This simple repositioning of the door on its hinges will have long term benefit, preventing lock failure and ultimately a compromise to your home’s security.
This issue is not always visible, but opening and closing the door, only to be met with scraping resistance it the tell-tale sign of this issue and should be amended particularly with front doors. Common caused include paint under door hinges, or even simply the need for a complete replacement of the door.
Keep Your Keys Clean
Keys that contain dirt and grit within their grooves will cause debris to be deposited into the lock’s complex inner mechanism. This process is gradual yet wearing, causing stiffness and eventually a jam in the lock either preventing locking, or unlocking of the door, neither result being a desirable outcome. Simply wiping down your keys from time to time will prevent this issue completely, also storing keys in clean environments will minimise debris build up.