After a busy day, the only thing that warms the heart is the fact that you will finally get home and throw your tired body onto the sofa. So you finish your business early enough so that you can beat traffic and at last you are at home. Then you get to the door and the first thing you see around the edges of the lock is ice. Suddenly, the mood changes because you know the sight of ice can't be a good thing. You insert your key and it doesn't go in the first time, which only confirms your fears that the lock is frozen. Panic mode sets in and the first thing that builds up in your mind is to hammer the hell out of the lock until it gives in. While such dubious methods might work, most of the times they end up destroying door locks. So what else can you do in such a situation?
Heat The Lock
Because it is the cold that made your lock to freeze, it only makes sense that your first move should be to act against it. And nothing works against cold perfectly the way heat does. So take out your match box or cigarette lighter and heat your key for some seconds. Stop when you feel like the key is becoming hot. Try to insert the key into the lock once more. If it doesn't go in straight away, don't worry. It may take some time before the heat is absorbed by the lock. But when the lock finally gets the heat, the metallic parts that obstruct the keyway will expand and the key will go in just fine. Then turn the lock and open the door.
Apply Your Hand Sanitiser Into The Lock
If there is a time that your hand sanitiser can be of great help, it is the time that you have a frozen lock type of problem. It turns out that the alcohol in alcohol-based type of sanitiser is not only good in killing microorganisms but it is also good when it comes to dealing with stubborn, frozen locks. The alcohol takes care of the problem by lowering the freezing point of water. Ice inside the lock therefore melts almost immediately when it comes into contact with the alcohol.
Pour some few drops of the sanitiser on your key and slide the key into the lock. Wiggle the key gently as it enters into the lock so as to distribute the alcohol evenly inside the lock. Within no time, the lock should open.
If you still can't get into your home, get in touch with a domestic locksmith service to come help you out, such as The Lost Keys.