If the key to the front or back door of your home breaks off and gets stuck in the lock, you should not try to use a tool to pull out the broken part but should instead have a locksmith fix this issue for you. Continue reading to find out why.
You may end up damaging the lock if you try to pull out the key yourself
Whilst you could try to use a pair of pliers to pull the broken part of the key out of the lock, this is not a very good idea.
The reasons for this are as follows; first and foremost, the force that you will need to apply when using the pliers to pull out the broken key part could cause damage to many of the lock's important components.
If this happens, the lock might not function as it should, even if you successfully pull out the entire broken key.
Secondly, if you take this approach, it is possible that a piece of the key might chip off and remain stuck inside the lock even after you manage to pull out the rest of it. This may result in the door not locking fully when you use your other spare key to try to lock it.
In short, if one of these two issues occurs as a result of your DIY efforts, you may be unable to secure your home, due to the lock on the door not functioning properly.
Conversely, if you were to ask a locksmith to fix this problem, you wouldn't have to worry about the possibility of your home being less secure, as they could either dismantle the lock, remove the broken key (without causing any damage) and put the lock back together again or simply remove the entire structure and replace it with a new lock.
It will allow you to resolve the issue much faster
As mentioned above, you might potentially be able to remove the broken component of the key from the lock by yourself, using some pliers (although doing so could damage the lock).
However, this could take a very long time, particularly if a section of the already-broken key snaps off whilst you're trying to pull it out.
If you need to get back into the property urgently or if you simply don't want to waste your time trying to do this job yourself, it would probably be wise to ask a professional locksmith to do it for you.
A trained and experienced locksmith should be able to resolve this fairly minor problem in less than a half an hour.
For more information, contact a local locksmith company like Cambridge Locksmiths.
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