We have a lot of confidential corporate information in our office that we need to keep secure. Having key codes is hard because a lot of the staff forget them regularly and end up writing them down, which ends up making our office a lot less safe! As a result, we have switched to using fingerprint and facial recognition security which is working a lot better. It's not like people can forget to bring their faces into work! This blog has some tips on how to switch your office to using more modern security options like fingerprint scanners and facial recognition security.
Your doors' locks are one of the hardworking pieces of hardware. Nevertheless, these locks are often overlooked as long as they are fulfilling their function of keeping your home secure. It is only in the event of them breaking down or malfunctioning is when homeowners take notice of them. Now, chances are either you will be locked out of your residence or the lock will not be able to provide security for your premises. If you would like to get ahead of this problem, you would have to know how to discern the problem that your lock is facing. This way, you can know how best to deal with it. The following are some of the different problems that you may experience with your door lock.
Your door lock has seized to open
If you have inserted the key into the lock but find you are experiencing difficulty in turning it, chances are there is an accumulation of grime in the locking mechanism. This type of problem is common with locks that have not been used in a significant amount of time such as when visiting a holiday home or when you purchase a house that has remained unoccupied for quite a while. To deal with this issue, you would need to insert a moist cotton swab in the lock's keyhole. Turn the swab around to catch al the dirt that has deposited itself within the locking mechanism.
Once you have cleaned it, proceed to lubricate the locking mechanism. It should be noted that oil is not an appropriate medium for lubricating the lock, as it will simply attract more dirt instead, use an all-purpose lubricant that is either silicone or graphite based. Once the lock is lubricated, you can then try opening it again with its key.
Your door's weather-stripping has damaged the lock
In some cases, you may find that the weather-stripping on the door has actually began to interfere with the locking mechanism. This will tend to happen if the weather-stripping is old and has gradually started peeling off the door. As it extracts itself, some parts of the weather-stripping may have made their way into the lock itself, hence blocking the mechanism from functioning at optimum. To fix this, you could opt to try to secure the weather stripping back in place. Alternatively, you could choose to have it completely removed and replaced with new weather-stripping that will not interfere with your door lock.
For more information or assistance, contact a locksmith near you.