Can a locksmith open any door without breaking the lock?

Well, the short answer is yes! Whether you’re locked out of your home or your office a good locksmith will be able to pick the lock without causing any damage.

There are any number of reasons you get yourself locked out of your home but usually, it’s just human error. There are those times when you find that the key has broken off in the lock. In that case, a locksmith will use a key extractor tool to get the key out and can then cut you a new key.

Here’s our top FAQs about getting into a locked door.

How long will it take to open my door?

The average time is usually between 20 – 30 minutes. It just depends on the type of lock. In a few cases, it can take up to 45 minutes.

How long would I have to wait for a locksmith?

It can depend on your location which is why we recommend using a local independent locksmith. They will know your area well and will have a personal approach to your call.

Will my lock break and will I have to buy a new one?

No, it won’t break, but if you feel you need your locks upgraded, or a broken lock repaired, we can help.

How much will a straightforward call-out cost?

It can very much depend on travel distance, the time of day (or night) and sometimes previous damage to the lock but a local, independent locksmith will endeavour to give you a reasonable price as they have a local reputation to protect.

Which locksmith should I call?

  • We will always recommend a local, independent locksmith who will always take a personal approach to your call and keep prices keen and quality high to ensure their local reputation is sustained.
  • Your locksmith should be MLA-approved, and all staff DBS checked.
  • They should be up to date with their tools.
  • Carry a large, ready-to-fit stock so you are not waiting around for replacement items on order.

What to do when you’re locked out

  • Top of the list. Call your local, independent locksmith. They will be close by and will be able to respond quickly.
  • If you are waiting for a locksmith, especially at night ask a neighbour to wait with you or wait in your car.
  • See if there are any unlocked windows.
  • Depending on your DIY skills, see if you can dismantle the doorknob.

Our final tip is: Before you ever get locked out, make sure you always have a spare set of keys.


How can we help?

Contact us for professional advice or a quote