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Home maintenance is an inescapable part of owning a home, and it can feel like every time you turn around something else breaks. This can take a toll on you financially. 4 out of 10 Canadian homeowners qualify as "house poor," spending more than 30% of their income on homeownership-related costs.

With that said, it can be tempting to let some repairs wait. We can tell you that a broken door lock should not be one of the repairs that you put off until later! Getting locked out of your house is a sure-fire way to ruin your day.

It always happens at the most inopportune time and can end up being a major headache. That's why it's super important to make sure that you don't let your door locks fall into disrepair. Read on to learn some of the most common ways that your locks might break so you can keep an eye out for them! 

1. Seized Lock

If your key is in the lock and it just won't turn, first verify you have the right key. If you know for sure that it is the correct key and it still won't budge, it has probably seized up. This can happen over time as dirt and grime accumulate inside the lock.

In some instances, a locksmith will be able to clean out the lock, saving you from having to replace it. If the damage is too severe or the interior workings of the lock are compromised due to corrosion, then you will have to replace it.

2. Frozen Lock

We face our share of winter weather in London. In severely cold weather, your locks can freeze. The lock may function perfectly well normally, but as soon as some water gets in their and freezes it completely locks up. If you are lucky enough to have some commercial de-icer on your person, then you may be able to get back inside on your own.

There are several home remedy methods of deicing locks, but you should never try them without first talking to a trained locksmith as you could actually damage your lock further. If you find that your lock is freezing frequently, it is a good idea to have it replaced. Normally, water should not be able to get inside your locks, so if it is happening often, then your locks are damaged and letting water in too easily.

3. Tampering

If someone attempts to gain entry to your home they can easily damage your door lock. If someone has attempted to pick your lock, there may be small scratch marks around your lock.

Another technique, known as "bumping," involves the burglar using a dummy key and hitting it with an object like a hammer. If not done carefully, this process can leave fresh nicks or marks around your lock. If you ever notice any signs that someone tried to gain entry to your home, call your local authorities and also get your locks replaced.

Don't Wait Until You're Stuck with a Broken Door Lock

Being locked out of your house is a frustrating ordeal, especially since it is almost completely avoidable. So if you notice a broken door lock, make sure to get it taken care of right away so you aren't kicking yourself later when you get locked out in the middle of the night.

In the event that you do end up stuck outside your house, we offer emergency lock repair and will help get you back in your house as soon as possible. Give us a call today!

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