Keeping your door locks working efficiently is the most important factor for the security of your family and property. Regular maintenance can help them functioning properly and looking in the best of their health.
Door locks are susceptible to dirt and grime accumulation. So are the door handles and the deadbolts, if used regularly. To avoid such accumulation wipe the locks, handles and bolts with a cloth moistened in mild soap and water. This prevents the metal of the locks from getting corroded by moisture and the acids from your hands.
Regular use of the locks and keys can cause scratches on the surface, specially around the keyholes and faceplates. There is no way to avoid this but just being a bit careful while inserting the key in the lock.
Avoid locks sticks
Dirt and duct build up often can cause the door locks to stick. This makes them harder to open and even freeze. To avoid this lubricate the locks and the bolts once in a while. It is better to spray around the lock and into the keyhole for smooth functioning. It is better to avoid the use of graphite powders without professional guidance, it can jam the lock. Graphite powder is meant for certain circumstances where cylinder reassembling is required and should be applied only under professional guidance.
Call a professional for regular maintenance
Regular maintenance like cleaning and lubricating can be done at home. But after certain regular intervals it is necessary to uninstall the door locks and get them cleaned, lubricated, reassembled and reinstalled by a locksmith. This will help in lengthening the locks lives and ensure proper functioning. It is necessary to perform these checks for proper functioning of locks. It is preferred that the inspection be done at least twice a year.
Check and tighten all the screws of all the locking components given below
- The hinges
- The lock case
- The striking plate
- The lock cylinder
- The lock handles
Lubricate the following parts of the locking mechanism
- The latch of lock case
- The bearings of twist button
- The bearings of the latch
If you are looking for an Encino locksmith, for the installation and maintenance or repair of locks, call us at Global Lock and Key. We offer our service with our team of efficient, certified and the best locksmiths in Encino and are very prompt in action.