How to Inspect Home Door Locks04/21/2015 Back To Blog
It is essential for home premises security audit to be performed when you move into a new place and every five or so years after that. This will help to keep the security system of the property up to date at all times. It is important to keep things under control in between audits as well. You should provide inspection to all locks on the property once a year. Learn how to perform this task.
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Include all locks in the check - You have to cover not only the front door, but all patio door locks as well. You should check the devices fitted on internal doors as well as the ones on external doors. Make sure that you cover all window locks too. Their role is often underestimated, but the reality is that around a third of break-ins occur through windows. It is certainly a good idea to inspect the safe locking mechanism, if you have such a device in your house.
Expand the check to cover door and window hardware - You have to ensure that all hardware components are in optimal condition and arrange for timely repairs or replacement if necessary. This is crucial since even the best British Standard lock will not provide the required level of security if it is part of a flimsy door or window structure.
Watch out for signs wear and tear, damage and rust - Dull, chipped and deformed latches and bolts will not work properly. Deep scratches can also be problematic. Pay close attention to the visible sections of cylinders and to the keyholes, in particular. The holes must not be worn or chipped. Watch closely for rust especially in tight areas. While rust can be removed with a safe cleaner, lock replacement is required for severely worn-out or damaged devices.
Check the stability of door lock cylinders, handles and strike plates - Cylinders should be firmly set in place. If they are shaky, repair is required. Handles, on the other hand, should feel a bit loose, but not too loose when slapped gently from below. Strike plates have to be firmly set too. If necessary, you must tighten their bolts or replace them with new ones.
Assess how easily and smoothly keys turn inside locks - In case a device binds, you have to lubricate it right away. Squeeze graphite lubricant inside the keyhole and apply graphite on the key with the help of a pencil. Then insert the key to spread the lube.
Do everything necessary to ensure that all home door locks are in optimal condition at all times.