November 15, 2021
The frequent extreme swings in temperature and high humidity levels during the fall season can cause some problems with your locks. So, while you are learning to clean the leaves from your gutters more efficiently, you shouldn’t forget to check out some maintenance tips for your exterior doors and locks.
Failing to adequately maintain your doors and locks during the fall may expose them to warping and any other thing that can compromise your locks and doors. Our professional lock installation experts at 843 Locksmith are here to help you with fall maintenance tips for your exterior doors and locks.
Preventive Fall Maintenance Tips for Locks and Doors
Preventive measures can be taken to ensure that the operations of your doors and locks are not compromised whenever there’s a sudden spike in temperature. These tips will help ensure that you do not require emergency locksmith services when it is 16 degrees.
Regularly Inspect Your Exterior Doors and Lock Seals
A lot of exterior doors come with weather stripping which is also known as weather seals around their perimeters. Performing a simple check will help you know if your weatherstripping is worn out. If air is penetrating between your door and its frame, it is safer to change its weather stripping.
To accurately inspect your weather stripping, you will need either a candle or lighter and a source of wind like a fan. Another alternative for people who do not have a wind source is to perform their inspection on a windy day.
On your candle or lighter and place it at the other side of your door in such a way that the door blocks the wind. Make sure that your candle or lighter is close to the tiny space between your door and door frame. If your flame dances as a result of an air leak between your door and door frame, you will need to change your weather stripping.
One of the professional advice we give our clients is that they should always make sure that the locks on their doors are well lubricated. This form of maintenance is most especially handy for exterior doors and doors that are rarely used.
Lubricating your exterior locks will help ensure smooth operation as locks that are gummed up with grime and dirt tend to be tough to operate. In some cases, they become so stiff that if care is not taken, trying to force them to turn can break your key.
Locks that need frequent lubrication include;
It is important to strictly follow the lubrication and maintenance guidelines of your lock’s manufacturer. If you are not sure of the right lubrication to use, call a professional locksmith for help.
You can always call a locksmith for more professional tips on how you can effectively maintain your exterior doors and locks in fall season. At 843 Locksmith, our team of experienced locksmiths is always ready to help.
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