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Sea Air Can Rust Your Locks

causes of rusted locks

Rusted locks are a fairly common problem in coastal area since it contains sea salt, the main reason all of this happens. The salt in the air and especially from the rain slowly but surely eats the metal handle and keyhole of your door, but the problem does not stop there. It goes deeper than what you can see since water droplets can get into the keyhole and start corroding the inner workings of the lock. The process is much faster and the damage is much greater in the coastal area, compared to the inland areas where there is far less salt in the air and in the water. But it is important to know that even if you simply live in a coastal region, and not actually by the sea, this issue can easily affect house locks, car locks, office locks or garage locks. In short, anything that is out in the open can be affected by this.

Why Are Rusted Locks a Problem?

Not only this is not aesthetically pleasing, but damaged locks can cause other issues: the inner workings may rust to the point where they can't turn anymore, your keys may get stuck in the lock or even break upon turning.

To make matters worse, keys can get hit by it as well. As you know, keys are made out of metal, usually, steel, which is prone to rust the most. As said above, this can also have serious consequences - the key can get stuck in the lock, may not be able to unlock the door or break, or a rusty key can even start the rusting process from the inside of the lock. Locks rusted, to some extent, if the rusting is unattended, can be hard, or even impossible to unlock, even with a new key. This is why you need to keep your locks and keys as dry as possible and maintain them regularly. And keep in mind that if you live in a coastal area affected by salt in the air, 'regularly' is much more often than the recommended quarterly oiling. 

Regular Maintenance May Not Prevent Lock Rust.

But, as we all know, even with regular maintenance, your metal keys and locks may eventually, or even accidentally, corrode. Regular maintenance cannot entirely prevent lock corrosion and lock maintenance can be an annoying task that even if overlooked for a short period, may result in a home or car lockout emergency. Rusted locks can prevent the key from turning and lock you out. If there is only a little rust, our skillful 24/7 Locksmith technicians can repair the damage and provide you with easy, solid maintenance tips. However, if the locks are rusted through, the lock might need to be rekeyed or even entirely replaced. Our locksmiths are honest and can give you a proper assessment of your lock situation upon arriving at your location, and will proceed to repair or replace the lock only after receiving your signed permission.

We want you to feel safe and secure at all times. So if you do have a problem with lock damage, feel free to call us, and we will give you a hand, at any time. We will be at your house or your boat and get you inside. If the locks are damaged from the rust, we will replace them and can even set you up with a new lock and keys that are weatherproofed so they will not get rusted anytime in the near future. Things like gate locks, garage door locks or boat locks are the most often exposed to the rain and saltwater.

Our Emergency Services For Damaged Locks

rusted lockAnd remember that our 24/7 emergency locksmith service will always be available to help.  Do you have a big fishing trip planned with your friends and when you get to the boat at 3 am, the locks are jammed tight with rust? Call us and no matter the time of day or night, we will be there for you within 30 minutes. Has your house lock been a little sticky of late, but today of all days, you just can't seem to turn the key in the lock? You don't have to worry if you need help in the middle of the night or early in the morning — we are always there for you ready to assist you with our local lock installation service.

All of our employees are certified and have the required knowledge to do their job properly. We can guarantee that the job will be done quickly and in the most professional way possible. They always have tools and equipment needed so everything is possible with them, even the most difficult tasks. We are also a mobile locksmith company which means we can reach you wherever you are. That's a big advantage because if you need a professional, sometimes you cannot come to them but they have to come to you with all the necessary equipment. We can also offer affordable prices — we take care of our clients, we are a trustworthy company and we want to keep it that way.

If you have any problems with rusted locks or keys that need to be cleaned, fixed or replaced, call our locksmith services