Understanding What A Locksmith Does

Tips To Avoid Common Mistakes With Your Home's Locks

by Maëly Richard

When protecting your home, there are few things that are more important than the locks on your doors and windows. Unfortunately, it is common for homeowners to make mistakes that can reduce the effectiveness of their locks, which could cause the security of the home to be compromised. Luckily, you can avoid making these errors by following these simple tips.  

Install A Double Cylinder Deadbolt On Doors Near Windows

There are some homeowners that will install a deadbolt on a door that either has glass in it or is close to a window. Unfortunately, this is not particularly secure because it is possible for the criminal to simply break the window, which will allow them to reach into the home and turn the knob on the deadbolt. 

Fortunately, you can eliminate this problem by opting for a double cylinder deadbolt. These are deadbolts that require a key to open on both the inside and outside. While these locks will have a much higher cost than a traditional deadbolt, the added security may be more than worth this, and there are some insurance policies that will discount your policy for making upgrades such as this.  

Have Your Locks Professionally Serviced Once Every Few Years

As time passes, your locks will gradually start to lose some of their performance. Often, this will manifest itself as a lock that is difficult to turn or may come loose. This happens because the lubricant on the lock will start to degrade, and the screws holding it in place will start to loosen. When a professional (such as one from Tri-County Locksmith) services the lock, they will ensure that it is perfectly lubricated and tightened. 

In some cases, it may be possible for dust and dirt to work into the lock's internal components. This can gradually damage the internal gears by wearing them down. To correct this problem, the technician will need to disassemble the lock and clean each component individually. You may thnk that this sounds like an inconvenient type of work to have done, but it can greatly increase the lifespan of your home's locks. 

Your home's locks are essential for keeping criminals out, but failing to understand some of the more common mistakes that homeowners make with these systems will make it easier for you to see how they can be compromised. By understanding the benefits of opting for double cylinder deadbolts and the importance of having the lock serviced, you can help ensure that intruders are kept out of your home.