It happens to the best of us, whether it’s from rushing out the door during a busy weekday morning or misplacing them on a night out, you’re now currently stood in front of your door without a key, despairing at your lack of ingress.
Being locked out of your house can be a pain at the best of times and a genuine concern if you urgently need to get inside. Luckily, you needn’t sit on your front step and despair as there a few things you can do to both speed up your entrance or to keep you occupied until help arrives.
Check backdoors and windows
Before you start panicking, it can be useful to check around the house for any windows that you may be able to use to gain access. Of course, it’s never advised to leave doors or windows open when out of the house, however, if you have, make the most of the situation.
A quick disclaimer, however, as windows aren’t exactly designed to be climbed through; remember to always be safe when trying to enter through them. If the window is too high up or is in a precarious position, it’s not worth the risk.
Head over to a neighbour
If you’re on good terms with your neighbour, why not stop by and see if they have anything to help you out with? As some less complex locks can be opened using some common household items or a DIY kit, your neighbour may have just what you need to get yourself back into your house.
Stopping by a neighbour’s place can also be a great way to pass the time until help arrives, so get the kettle on and talk to your neighbour about how you plan to never be in this situation again.
Take off the doorknob
Although this is a somewhat extreme measure and should only be undertaken if you have the right set of tools, taking the door handle off could be the best way of getting back into your home quickly.
For a standard doorknob, you’ll need a hammer, screwdriver and a paperclip. Start by taking out any screws holding the doorknob in and use the paperclip to remove the hinge screws. If needed, use the hammer to lever the doorknob out of its position.
Call a locksmith
Although the above methods can be helpful in the right circumstances, your best bet is always to get in touch with a professional locksmith. Having the skills and experience to tackle a wide variety of locks, a qualified smith will ensure you’re back in your house without damaging anything.
Having a locksmith on hand if a situation arises is always a good idea for the future. If you’re in the South Wales area and looking for a trusted locksmith for when the worst happens, get in touch with JPY Locksmiths.
With our 24-hour call-out service, we aim to be with you within half an hour so you’re never stuck outside for long and our qualified locksmiths will ensure you’re back in your home or business as quickly as possible.
For more information visit our website, get in touch with our team on 0800 037 1299