FAQs

Locksmith FAQs and Useful Tips.

At Fort Locks, we understand that being locked out of your home is stressful. Not knowing what to do or who to call at that moment only adds to the situation. Here are some frequently asked questions and useful tips that will help you.

Why should I use a professional locksmith?

Professional Locksmith, Kevin Carloni of Fort Locks

When it comes to security, you want to know that you’re in safe, trustworthy hands. A professional locksmith has vast knowledge and years of experience behind them, to provide you with a range of reliable locksmith services.

I have lost my house keys and I don’t have a spare, what should I do?

Kevin Making a Key in the Fort Locks Van

If you’re locked out of your house without a key, a local locksmith will be able to make a replacement key, even if you don’t have a spare.

My key has snapped in the lock, what should I do?

Key going into lock

Although you may be able to remove the broken key from the lock yourself, this is not advised as you may end up pushing the broken key further inside the lock. Instead, call your local locksmith who will be able to easily extract the broken key from the lock.

 Should I change the locks when moving into a new home?

New Keys for a New Home

Yes, you should change the locks of your new home. This is important for security purposes as you can’t know for sure if all of the keys have been handed over or how many may still be in circulation. You can hire a locksmith to change the locks for you to keep your home secure.

  Should I change the locks if I lose my keys?

New Door Lock

Yes, as a security precaution you should change the locks if you lose your keys. Changing the locks will prevent anyone who finds your keys from entering your home. You can hire a locksmith to change the locks for you to keep your home secure.

How long does it take for a locksmith to unlock a door?

Lock, having been opened.

It takes approximately 30 minutes for a locksmith to unlock a locked door. The exact time taken will depend on the type of lock and the number of locks fitted to the door.

How long does it take for a locksmith to change a lock?

New Door

It should not take more than an hour to install a new lock, however, this depends on the type of lock that is currently fitted.

Are all locksmiths available 24/7?

24 Hour Clock

Not all locksmiths are available 24 hours, so make you sure find out which ones are in your local area. Fort Locks is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the St Albans, Hertfordshire area. Call us now if you need help.


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