Broken key extraction is actually an incredibly common occurrence. When a key breaks off in the lock it can be incredibly frustrating as it can leave you locked out or locked in your property.
Why Do Keys Break Off In Locks?
There is a multitude of reasons why a key might snap in the lock, some of which include:
- Key become damaged over time.
- Keys are made from soft metals such as nickel and brass.
- The lock is not well lubricated and become stiff.
What To Do when Key Breaks Off In The Lock?
How ever it happened the most important thing to do is get the broken key extracted as other problems can arise:
- You could be locked in or out of your property.
- It can cause damage to the lock.
- You may not be able to lock your property leaving it vulnerable to break-ins.
How Do You Extract A Broken Key?
If you can see enough of the key then you can try using a pair of pin nosed plyers or a strong magnet to pull it out yourself, however you do need to be careful that you don’t cause any damage to the lock whilst you do this. The best thing you can do in this situation is call out your local locksmith, they will have the correct tools and experience to safely extract the broken key.
How To Prevent Broken Keys?
Lubricate Locks – Keys can break in locks when the lock has not been well maintained. Using a silicone lubricant, you can spray the keyhole every six months, this will keep the lock well lubricated. It is important that you never use oil-based lubricants such as WD-40 as these types of lubricants will clog the locks overtime and lead to much worse problems.
Replacement Keys – Due to being frequently used they are prone to wear and tear so as soon as you see any signs of wear it is worth going and getting a new key cut and dispose of the old one.