Columbia BROKEN KEY EXTRACTION
Without question, we understand that it isn't any fun to break your house, work, or car key inside of a lock. That's why we have experienced key extractors on duty at all hours of the day or night. Whether it's a Sunday afternoon or 3 a.m. on a Wednesday, just give us a call and we will dispatch someone immediately.
When I break a key in a lock, will I need to replace the lock too?
Most locks will not require replacement when you break a key inside of it because of the expert work of our locksmiths. They carefully followed the step-by-step procedure that we lay out for the extraction of broken keys and can promptly retrieve a key from a lock. Their training ensures that they know exactly how to handle these types of situations. Our locksmiths also have many years of experience helping people in the same position that you find yourself in today.
We always stress the Golden Rule at our company. That means our locksmiths treat people in the same helpful and respectful manner that they would want to be treated themselves in the same situation. Whether it's a broken key or another common locksmith issue, we guarantee our work. We're not happy if you're simply satisfied with our work. We want you to feel delighted with it instead.
Many people make the mistake of thinking they can retrieve a broken key from a lock themselves. Whether they don't want to wait for service or fear it will cost them too much, this plan can backfire in a hurry. You can do more harm than good when you don't understand at a deep level how keys and locks work. If you push the key further into the lock's components, it becomes that much more difficult for our team to attempt to repair it.
What is the time estimate for retrieval of a broken key?
Because of our experience and training, we can typically pull the pieces of a broken key out of a lock in approximately 30 minutes. However, we don't normally quote an exact time because we never want to focus on speed at the expense of quality service. It could take longer depending of your specific type of lock and key and the severity of the breakage.
Will I have to rekey my locks after you have extracted a key from one of them?
It won't be necessary to replace the lock that the key broke off or any other locks unless you desire to do so. When you work with a locksmith from our company, we make sure that both your lock and key remain safe and don't expose you to any unnecessary security risks.
Will your locksmith create a spare key for me?
Our locksmiths have the tools and equipment on hand to make one or more spare keys whenever you need them. All you have to do is ask. It's always a good idea to have a spare key in addition to the replacement key that we create for you.
Is it possible to open the door by bringing the two pieces of the broken key together?
Unfortunately, this is not possible. It is very important that you don't try to unlock your door once you realize that you have broken off a key inside of it. If you attempt to do this, you could push parts of the broken key even further into the mechanism of the lock. This makes it much more difficult to extract. Although we understand you're anxious to get back in your house, business, or car, we encourage you to contact us immediately rather than try to force a broken key into a lock.
Since We are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, we encourage you to contact us right away. Within minutes of hanging up the phone, a professional locksmith will be on the way to your location. As you wait, we ask that you don't put any other items in the lock to attempt to open it. Again, this increases the risk of pushing the broken key even further into the locking mechanism.
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Here are some common scenarios that cause our customers to have to call us for emergency service:
After arriving at home and placing the key inside of your lock cylinder, you turn the key and see it break rather than unlock the door.
After finishing your work for the day, you go to unlock your car by inserting a key into the slot on one of the doors. The next thing you know, you're holding the key by only its head because its blade broke and got stuck in the lock. While you might feel embarrassed about the situation, it happens all the time to people at work, home, or when trying to open their car door.
Sometimes a key gives clues that it is about to break soon. We encourage you to look at your keys periodically and check for cracks in both the head and blade. Don't hesitate to have a new key made at a local hardware store or to contact us for help in replacing a worn key. It may be possible to avoid the problem of a broken key by taking this approach.
Breaking off part of a key inside of a lock doesn't seem like it should be as challenging to fix as it is. It might look easy when we do it, but keep in mind that each of our locksmiths has years of experience and training. We recommend that you never try retrieving the key on your own unless you happen to have years of experience and training as well. You could cause significant damage to both the lock and the key if you do.
There's never a convenient time to break a key
People don't break their keys only Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This happens in the middle of the night, weekends, and holidays just as often. This is the reason that we choose to be available 24 hours a day. Feel free to contact us as soon as you know that you need help and then simply wait for us to arrive. You never want to attempt to repair a lock yourself.
The fact that our locksmith dispatch center is locatedhere means that a professional will be at your home, business, or vehicle several minutes after your call. During a stressful situation, it's reassuring to know that we're literally only minutes away from your location.
We specialize in providing broken key removal services around the clock. Whether it is the middle of the night, holiday, or weekend, just give us a call. And we will be happy to come to your location and provide you with the assistance that you need.
You never have to worry that you're bothering us, even when you call late at night. We keep people on staff 24 hours a day for this very reason. You can also feel confident that we have many years of experience working with all types of locks and doors. When you're locked out, don't panic. Just call us instead.
The reason that keys break inside of locks is that they become worn down over time. When you look at the deepest cuts of your key, you're actually seeing its most vulnerable spots. A broken key may not be far behind.
You might get a warning that key is about to break when you see a hairline crack. The key could also appear bent. No matter what the situation, just contact us for immediate help. We have the tools and experience necessary to retrieve broken keys from residential or commercial properties as well as from all types of cars. The following is a list of the key extraction services we provide:
- Storage units
- Places of business
- Personal vehicles
Besides repairing your broken key, we're also available to replace keys for your car or truck, business, or home. Just call us today to request one or more of our services. We look forward to helping you get back to your everyday life as soon as possible.