A common call for out for locksmiths is for broken key extraction. This needs to be done when a key has snapped inside of a lock. Much like any situation when you need an emergency locksmith this can be a very stressful experience. This is why our team at Easy Pickings locksmiths have put together a guide on what you should do if your key snaps in the lock.
Why Do Keys Snap In Locks?
There are many issues that can cause a key to snap in a lock but some of the main issues include:
- Damaged Key.
- Key is made from soft metal such as brass or nickel.
- The lock is jammed or not well lubricated.
What To Do When A Key Breaks In The Lock
No matter what caused the key to break in the lock it is important that you get the broken key extracted as soon as possible:
- Broken keys can cause further damage to locks.
- You could be left locked out or locked in your property.
- You may be unable to lock your door meaning your property is left unsecure.
How To Get A Broken Key Out Of A Lock
If you can see part of the key still sticking out of the lock, then you can attempt to remove the broken key yourself using a pair of needle nosed plyers or a strong magnet if you have either of these items available. However, you will need to be careful attempting this yourself as you could end up causing damage to the lock and having an even bigger problem on your hands. The best thing you can do in this situation is contact your local locksmith. They will have the tools, knowledge and experience to safely extract a broken key from the lock without damaging the lock itself.
How To Prevent Broken Keys?
There are some things you can do to try and prevent your key breaking in the lock:
Lubricate Locks: If a lock is not well maintained this can cause issues that lead to keys snapping in the lock. If you lubricate your lock at least every six months, then this can help prevent issues with the lock and broken keys. It is important to remember that when you lubricate a lock you should never use an oil-based lubricant such as WD-40 as this will only cause further problems with the lock becoming clogged in the future.
Replacement Keys: Keys are prone to wear and tear so as soon as you see any signs of damage or that they are beginning to fail you should get new keys cut and dispose of any old ones.