WHAT CAUSES A HOUSE LOCKOUT
There are various causes that may result in you facing a house lockout and requiring the services of a residential locksmith to help you regain access to your humble abode. One of the most frequent causes among our clients are when homeowners lose or forget to grab their keys. In addition to these common causes, you might be looking for the services of a professional residential locksmith because the lock on your door is either damaged or has a key broken off inside the lock cylinder.
While these are the most common causes, it is also possible that you have not had your locks maintained for a fairly long time, rendering them to become non-responsive due to their degraded quality. We understand that it is a fairly common thing as our clients are preoccupied with their busy lives and busy schedules, so it is fairly easy to get swept up in the moment and forget to walk out of your home without your keys on hand. If you lost your house keys over the course of a busy day, it is also necessary for you to avail a house lockout service. Whatever problem it was that put you in this rather unfortunate situation, though, you can be secure in knowing that our team of professional locksmiths will be there to help you out with our high-quality, dependable house lockout emergency locksmith services.
HOW CAN SHERLOCK LOCKSMITH HELP?
We are so glad you asked! Here at Sherlock Locksmith, we are fully equipped with a team of professional locksmiths with several years’ worth of experience, training, and knowledge under their belts, and are well-versed in using the latest methods and innovations to bypass your lock and help you regain access to your home. Our professional locksmiths are also trained to the process as fast, efficient, and precise as possible, without causing any type of damage to your lock. The only time locks need to be damaged is when the lockout process requires the it to be drilled, and this only happens very rarely.
Many homes are equipped with locks that are able to be bypassed by an experienced locksmith with the experience and knowledge to do the process right. Homeowners mostly opt for pin-tumbler locks when it comes to their homes, and our emergency locksmiths can pick these without causing any further damage, helping you regain access to your home. Even though pin-tumbler lock mechanisms are fairly common in residential settings, we still recommend that you do not DIY them into gaining access back to your home. Leave the job for the experienced locksmiths so that you don’t have to risk inflicting further damage.
When working with pin-tumbler locks, our team of professional locksmiths make use of tension wrenches in order to apply pressure to the lock, and lock picks are used to push the pins inside the lock cylinder, until all of them are flush with the shear line. This is the basic principle of picking a pin-tumbler lock; all the individual pins should be pushed until they are flush with the shear line.
Once each pin is moved to the desired height, the lock cylinder will turn ever so slightly, which will then allow another pin inside the cylinder to bind. This process continues until all of the pins are flush with the shear line, and the slight pressure that is applied to the lock by the tension wrench will allow the lock to turn and open.
Other than this, other techniques can also be used by our professional locksmiths in order to bypass pin-tumbler locks. One of these other methods that we are speaking of is using the lock bumping method or using pick guns to enable entry. Lock bumping utilizes the use of bump keys, which are used to open the lock. When our locksmiths use bump keys, the key is inserted to the entry, but is left one pin shy of being fully inserted. The teeth of bump keys apply a small amount of pressure to the lock’s bottom pins. This pressure is transferred to the driver pins in the lock mechanism, which, in turn, pushes them towards the shear line. Whenever bump keys are turned while there is a separation between the pins, the lock is opened.
Every single one of our professional locksmith technicians are well-trained in these processes, and are more than qualified to provide the best-quality house lockout services for a bang of the buck. Calling our technicians to attend to your house lockout needs can free you from the arduous experience of being stuck in a house lockout with absolute frustration.
Not every single lock we come across during car lockouts, however, are pin-tumbler locks, which means that they cannot be bypassed using the aforementioned methods. In the event that your locks are resistant to these methods, or your locks do not use the pin-tumbler mechanism, then the locksmith will have no choice but to get your locks drilled. Drilling a lock will result in damage and replacement, as it works by breaking the pins holding the lock in place, but the next step becomes easy once the pins have been broken.
Why Full Lock Replacement is Necessary
Our technicians will be able to open the door by putting a flathead screwdriver inside the lock and turn it the same way that you would a key. Since the act of drilling locks causes permanent damage, and therefore, will need full lock replacement, our team of locksmiths at Sherlock locksmith will be more than happy to work with you to replace your lock and choose the right lock that is suited to your needs. Drilling is usually reserved as last-resort methods, though; meaning that they are only used if the tactics mentioned above do not work on your lock.