Frequently Asked Questions
This page is for those who would like to learn a little more about locksmiths, the services we offer, and how these services can improve your quality of life. Many of these questions can be answered in greater depth by Secure Home Locksmith & Safety Services, LLC in-person or via phone. If you would like to learn a little more about locksmiths and all the things we can do for you, do not hesitate to contact us at (833) 735-3933. We are always ready to speak to a new client.
What is a rekey and is it effective?
Rekeying is a very common practice in the locksmith industry. This is done by removing the cylinders from the existing hardware and replacing the internal parts of the lock to correspond to the new key. The old key will no longer work after this process has been completed.
This is a very safe, secure and affordable alternative to replacing all of your locks with new hardware.
How long does a rekey usually take to complete?
Most average size residential homes have 3 exterior doors: front, back and garage that typically have 1 or 2 locks on each door. For this size home a re-key usually takes 30 - 45 minutes to complete in most cases. However, sometimes the job can take longer to complete if for example, the hardware is old, if there are no current keys available and we have to 'pick' the locks open, etc.
Also, if we are performing added services like CO and smoke alarm checks, installing new hardware, etc, a job could take between 1 - 3 hours to complete.
Can I have all my locks on a single key?
Many times, yes. However, it depends on what type of hardware is currently installed on your home. It is quite common for homeowners to replace some of the locks in their home with new ones made by a different manufacturer. Not all keys are shaped the same, so the easiest way to see if having all your locks on a single key is possible is to take your current key and insert it into all the locks in your home. If the key goes into all the locks, then yes- they can all work on a single key. But if the key will go into some locks but not others, then you have two different types of 'keyways' and you will not be able to use the same key for all the locks. However, if having the convenience of one key is important to you, we can replace certain locks, or components of the lock so everything works on a single key.
In most cases, the most common keyways found in most residential homes are Kwikset and Schlage. These keys are easily identifiable by either the shape of the head or 'bow'; Kwikset keys have a rounder bow and are stamped KW1, and Schlage keys have more of a triangular shaped bow and are stamped SC1.
Are there any types of locks that cost more to rekey?
Yes, there are some locks that are more labor intensive to rekey, such as profile cylinders, mortise cylinders and key in knob cylinders installed in multi-point locking doors and electronic keypads. Here are examples of what some of those locks look like.
What type of warranty do you offer?
When re-keying existing hardware we cannot warranty the locks themselves (since they are pre-existing) but we do provide a 90-day warrantee on labor services. If within that time frame, the locks are not working/locking properly because of something we overlooked or did not install properly, we will return to correct the issue at no cost you.
Even though we cannot warrantee existing hardware, if we notice a lock that looks worn out and is likely to fail in the near future, we will make you aware of the issue and give you the option to replace it with new hardware.
When we do provide and install new locks/hardware, we warantee the hardware and labor for 1 year.
What are the primary duties of a locksmith?
Locksmiths specialize in the installation and ongoing maintenance of security systems, keys, and locks of all varieties. Locksmiths will repair broken locks, cut keys for landlords, tenants, and employees, and help individuals who’ve been locked out of their residence.
How often should I rekey my locks?
For both commercial and residential properties, it is advised that locks be changed once every several years at the least. For commercial property owners or business owners, this ensures that those many keys distributed amongst staff and visitors are void after they leave your company. Rekeyed locks will give you a clean slate, and you will know exactly who has the newly cut keys and who does not.
Should I rekey the locks on my newly purchased home, or replace the locks?
In the interest of saving you money, we suggest only replacing the locks if the locks fail to operate correctly. If you are unsure of the condition of the lock, we invite you to contact our locksmiths. If we determine that the lock is fully functional, we can rekey it on your behalf.
Are electronic and touch pad locks more secure than conventional locks?
Most digital keypad locks are nothing more than conventional key locks with the additional features provided by the touch pad (automatic locking, time codes, and so on). These types of locks are no safer than the everyday door lock. The strength and reliability of your lock largely depends on the integrity of your locksmith.
Are alarm systems more important than locks?
Alarm systems are a great addition to any home or business, but they will not stop individuals from accessing your home without permission. The only way to be sure no one opens your door without authorization is to invest in locks.
What grade of door lock is considered safest?
For those who want extremely strong locks, we recommend a high-security Schlage deadbolt lock. These strong and long-lasting locks provide an extra layer of security to any home or business.
Can a broken lock be fixed?
Some locks are beyond repair, while others might only need a handful of small repairs to function again. Our locksmiths can always tell you when to repair or replace your locks.
What are your preferred methods of payment?
We accept cash, debit, and most major credit cards.