How to Inspect Locks03/28/2014 Back To Blog
You can invest in the best equipment in the world but if you don't inspect them regularly to ensure they are working 100% fine, your investment is worthless. In fact, investing in high tech security door locks is vital but failure to make sure of their good condition often could lead to home invasions. Maintenance is more than important for your security. It's the best way to sleep well at night and have peace of mind when you are out of the house. It only takes one single insecure door or window to invite burglars in. Don't forget that most of them are opportunists looking for an easy way in through an open or unlocked window. On top of that they will definitely be discouraged by good door locks and new age security systems.
Check locks and repair them
The secret is to make lock inspection a habit. After all, you lock and unlock doors and windows daily and arm and disarm the burglar alarm system every day. Make sure they work properly, lock well or have the locks replaced. Bolts will lock well only when they are in good condition, the strike plate is in place and there is nothing wrong with the mechanism.
These are a few steps of how to check main issues with your locks:
1. Pretend that you are closing the door and check that the latch bolt is inserting in the hole at the strike plate. If it's not or you detect that the strike plate is loose, you need to tighten the screws.
2. If the door lock is noisy when you are securing it, check the balance of the door. If the door is sagging to the one side or the hinges are damaged or loose, the door won't lock.
3. Make sure the key rotates smoothly and without you putting force. If not, key repair or lock lubrication will be needed.
4. You must also check the door knob and the rod of sliding doors, ensure all entry points lock perfectly or proceed with lock repair.