Replacing your door lock isn’t something that you do regularly, so, you may not know the signs of when your door lock will need replacing. At The NGCL our main priority is keeping our customers’ homes secure, so we have put together a guide to let you know when you might need to replace your door locks.
1. There is Damage
If you notice visible damage on your lock or it seems loose or unstable, then this could be a sign that the lock needs replacing. Even if it’s rarely used a lock with visible damage will eventually break and could make your property a prime target for burglars.
If the lock itself is not working properly such as the key isn’t turning properly, or its not locking correctly. These are signs that you may need to replace your lock as the mechanism may have wear and tear or be misaligned.
Front door locks are exposed to all different type of weather conditions and this can result in you needing to replace it. A common problem is that moisture will get into the mechanism and freeze, causing it to fail or the lubricants to thicken and clot, causing a malfunction.
Even if your lock is in seemingly working order, if you have had it for a long time, it might be worth replacing. Burglars use a wide variety of techniques and tools to gain entry to your home, such as lock picking and snapping. So you might want to upgrade your locks to high security types, such as anti-snap, anti-bump or anti-pick.
It’s important that you look out for signs of tampering on your locks. Unusual scratching or markings around the keyhole or any lifting of the facing may be evidence that an intruder has been tampering with it. We suggest that you look at changing your locks immediately if you see any of these signs.
6. After a Break In
Whether or not your lock was damaged in a break in, or an attempted break-in, its vital you change your locks after this occurs. If an intruder entered your home, they could have taken spare keys or made copies. If the lock is damaged during a break in then it needs to be replaced immediately so you can be safe in your home.
7. Moving House
When you move into a new property, you will need to change the locks as soon as possible. Not only does this make you more secure in your new home, it could also be an insurance requirement. You will need to check with your home insurance provider, but it’s in the majority of policies that the locks should be changed when you move in. If your home is broken into and there is no evidence of forced entry, it could be that someone used a spare key to get access, this may result in your insurance company not paying out for your claim.
So now you know what to look for in terms of changing and replacing your door locks. As a general rule of thumb, if you are unsure about the reliability of your door lock then it’s always best to get it replaced as a precaution. To find out more about how NGCL locksmiths can help you replace your door lock visit out Lock Change page. Or call us on 0808 164 2928 to book in a locksmith engineer. Find out more about home security here.