4 Things You Can Do If You’ve Locked Yourself Out Of Your House
Have you ever had a very busy day outside, looking forward to going back to the comfort of your home to eat and relax, and on getting home, you find out that you locked yourself outside your house? It can be really frustrating. In more annoying cases, you may have just stepped out of the house, only for a gust of wind to shut the door to your frustration. At that moment what do you do?
The most annoying thing about locking yourself out of your house is that it’s never planned. You never prepared for it, so at that point, you get really confused and at a loss on what you can do. Almost all of us have experienced this kind of situation at one point or the other in our lives, and many more of us may still experience this at one point in the future. It’s important now to know what to do when you get yourself into this kind of situation.
Tips to Prevent Locking Yourself Out of the House
Preventive measures are always better than curative ones. It’s better to know how to prevent yourself from being locked out of your own house than to actually be locked out and experience the panic that comes with it. It’s always important to take steps to ensure that you’re never locked out.
Here are some of the measures you can adopt to avoid being locked out of your own house:
- Install electronic door locks: You’re more likely to forget your key at home then you are to forget your phone. This is why as always, technology has come to save the day by ensuring that you no longer need keys to lock or unlock your doors.
By installing an electronic door lock, you can use your smartphone to unlock the door. Alternatively, a custom code. This reduces the chance of you getting locked out because you forgot your keys. What’s more? Most electronic door locks provide more security against intruders too. You can contact Pro Locksmiths to get a quote on some of the best electronic locks there are.
- Give out a spare key to a trusted person: If you don’t have an electric lock, another option would be to give out your spare key to someone in the neighborhood whom you can trust. It could be a friend, acquaintance, family member, your home security personnel or a neighbor. Just make sure that you can trust the person, and that the person will always be available to give your key when the occasion calls for it.
- Hide your key: As an alternative to giving out your spare key, you can consider hiding it somewhere outside the house that’s safe and easily accessible for you. For extra security, you could get outdoor key holders that blend with your surroundings and can be hard to see except by you.
Things to do when you lock yourself out of the house.
Now you locked yourself outside, what do you do? You don’t need to panic. Here is a list of things you can do when you find yourself in such situations:
- Call a locksmith: The first thing you should think of doing is to call your professional locksmith. Even though they can be quite expensive, they’re basically the surest, and the most professional option to unlock your doors with minimal damage in cases of emergency. They are trained to help you break into your home without causing any harm. An affordable option would be Pro Locksmiths. Tested, and trusted, these locksmiths provide top-notch services at affordable costs.
- Retrieve your keys: If you have your spare key hidden somewhere or entrusted to someone else, now is the best time to retrieve them.
- Ask for help: If you have someone in the house like a roommate, a spouse, or whoever, you can call them to help you open the door from inside. If you don’t, you can call your landlord, caretaker or anyone who manages the house to help you out. Most of the time, they have a spare key.
- Remove the doorknob: When you have exhausted the options above or your reality doesn’t permit that you use any of the options above, you can then remove the doorknob or the hinges to gain entry into your home. To do this, you’d need a hammer, screwdriver, paperclip (or any other piece of thin metal), and a nail depending on what you intend to remove to gain entry (knob or the hinge)
You can borrow these items from your neighbours or take them out of your toolbox if you have any outside.
To remove the knob, unfasten the screws connecting the doorknob with the door using a screwdriver. The kind of screwdriver you’d need depends on the type of door and screw you use. If your knob uses pin-sized holes instead of screws, use the paperclip by straightening it and inserting it into the hole as deep as possible. When this is done, start twisting the paperclip and pushing the door at the same time to open it.
To remove the hinge, you can use a nail. Simply place the nail at the bottom of the hinge opening, use a hammer to drive the nail in and push the pin out. Alternatively, you could simply contact professional locksmiths, and save yourself the hassle of trying to do this yourself. Pro Locksmiths, for instance, can show up in as little as 5 minutes depending on your vicinity.
- Check out for your windows: You can check out for unlocked windows and if you can’t find any, you can still break in through locked windows. Simply remove the window beading (the metal or plastic strip just above the frame) by inserting your screwdriver and pulling it out with your other hand at the same time. When you have removed the beading, place your screwdriver between the frame and the glass to loosen the window pane. Remove the window pane and boom, you have access to your house.
- Use your plastic cards if you have a spring latch door that operates with a handle. Place your plastic card in-between the door and the frame and position it until you find a resistance. Using a great deal of force, use the card edge to disengage the latch by pushing it to the opposite direction from the frame. Out the door handle while at it and there you have it!
If you have further questions, or would like a speedy intervention for your key, or lock needs, simply contact Pro Locksmiths.