Keys snap in locks on a regular basis, it is something that us locksmiths get called out for regular to carry out broken key extraction. If you find yourself in this situation it can be incredibly frustrating as it can leave you locked out or even locked in your property.
Why Do Keys Snap In Locks?
There is a multitude of reasons behind keys snapping inside a lock, some of the main causes are listed below:
- Keys are made from soft metals such as nickel and brass.
- Old Keys.
- Worn and damaged keys.
- Lock is stiff and not well lubricated.
Why Remove a Broken Key?
- You may be locked in or out of your property.
- You may not be able to lock your door leaving the property unsecure.
- Broken keys can damage the lock itself.
How To Remove Broken Key From a Lock?
If you can see enough of the snapped key, then it may be possible for you to remove it yourself with a pair of pin nosed plyers or even a strong magnet. However, you should always be cautious when doing this as you could unintentionally damage the lock. In this situation the best thing to do is call out your local locksmith, they will have the correct tools, knowledge and experience to safely extract the broken key without causing any damage to your locks.
How To Prevent Broken Keys?
There are some steps you can take to prevent broken keys:
Lubricate locks – Roughly every six months you should spray lubricant into your locks to ensure they are well maintained. It is important to only use silicone-based lubricants as oil-based lubricants such as WD-40 will cause the lock to clog and lead to further problems with the lock in the future.
Replace Keys – Keys are frequently used, therefore, they are prone to general wear and tear, so as soon as you spot any signs of the key becoming damaged or worn you should have a new one cut and discard the old one.