Did you know that a good locksmith can take the time to determine whether you will need to re-key your home’s locks or replace them? You may only be aware of locks needing to be changed but there are instances where re-keying your locks might be the better option.
Before you find yourself in a situation where you will need to call a locksmith, let’s go over the difference between re-keying your locks and replacing them all together.
When re-keying a lock, the locksmith will remove the springs and pins in the lock cylinder and replace them with new pins and springs that work with a different, new key. This can work for most any lock, unless the lock is malfunctioning or if it is a totally different style of lock. Many locks can be re-keyed and work perfectly well or better than the former components.
One of the most common reasons for re-keying a lock is to maintain control over the property. For example, in the event that a tenant moves out of a property but retains the keys. A landlord can call a locksmith to re-key the lock so that new keys can be given to a new tenant without the possibility of the old tenant being able to access the property.
Being able to re-key a lock restores control of the property/lock attached to it because the more keys that are passed out, the less control the property owner will have.
Having control of your home’s key is important especially in the case of your home being a part of a single-builder community. When your home was constructed, there likely was a construction master key used. You need to be wary that one your keys have been handed over post construction that there still may be a threat of a master key being used.
This is because there may still be master pins in the lock. Each master pin works as to double the amount of keys that can be used in your particular lock. This means that in a single lock, in many cases, more than 15 different keys can be used to access your home.
If you have moved into a newly constructed home it’s best to have those master pins removed to avoid the possibility of someone accessing your home.
Inspection and Correction
Re-keying also allows an experienced locksmith to examine the condition of your lock and how it was installed. A lot of problems can be solved without the need of replacing the locks of your home.
For example, some locks just need lubrication to operate more smoothly. No matter your locksmithing needs, re-keying or full replacement, you can depend on NELA Locksmith for 24/7 emergency services as well as scheduled appointments.
If you have moved into a new home recent or are dealing with a lock that is sticking or problematic, call us today. We not only handle residential locks but commercial and automotive as well.
Contact us at (323)472-5625