One of the most awkward situations that can happen is when you try to open the lock on the exterior door of your house and the key breaks; not only does the key break, a part of the key remains jammed inside the lock so you can’t even use your spare to gain entrance. So what do you do?
A person’s first instinct might be to try to get that piece of the key out; after all, one might think key retrieval from a lock can’t be all that difficult. A person might unsuccessfully try to use tweezers or even some bubble-gum on a toothpick; all that happens is time gets wasted and the situation might even become worse.
If this situation should ever happen to you, the first thing you should do is call a locksmith. There are websites that will argue you can get the key out yourself using a broken key extraction kit and WD40, but experts claim that most amateurs will simply ruin the lock beyond repair; what should have been a simple key extraction will now be a major locksmith job involving changing the locks.
The moment your key breaks in the lock, call a local locksmith; if you’ve got a smartphone, do an online search for a locksmith in your neighborhood. If it’s late at night, make sure you call a 24-hour service.
Most home security experts will recommend being prepared when it comes to locksmith services. Before a disaster strikes, ask friends and neighbors if they can recommend a good, reliable locksmith. Call a few places, and find out which locksmith service you feel comfortable with, and then keep the phone number on you at all times; keep it in your wallet or program it into your smartphone. This way, when your key breaks in the lock, you can call right away and get the problem solved in minutes.
While you are on the phone with the locksmith describing the problem, don’t forget to ask for a price estimate; confirm this price before work begins so you don’t end up with an unpleasant surprise when the work is finished.