It may not happen very often, but it does occur. You place the key to your home in the front door, turn the key, and find that the key itself simply snaps off in your hand. You look down and notice that a portion of the key is still in the lock itself and the door is still locked tight. Now what do you do? By this point frustration, stress and worry and probably beginning to set in as you cannot figure out what your next step should be. How are you going to get into the house? What are you going to do about this broken key? Do not fear, because there is a solution to this problem.
The first thing you need to do is take a deep breath and relax. Sure, no one likes the idea of being stuck outside the house, especially in this manner. The thing you need to remember is that while this may be a nuisance and inconvenience, it is certainly not the end of the world. The good news is that it can all be fixed.
Most professional locksmiths are used to seeing a predicament such as this. As a matter of fact, they deal with this type of problem a lot more often than you think that they would. Since many people are living in older houses and have not replaced locks very often, the keys are becoming more brittle with age and the locks can tend to start to stick and not open easily. This combination of things can lead to a key that easily bends or breaks or gets stuck inside the lock itself.
The real question is what you can do about it. You will have to call a locksmith to help you out with this. Luckily, most areas have locksmiths that are moments away, respond quickly to emergencies or are available around the clock every day of the week. This means that whenever this happens to you, you can get help in a pretty timely manner.
Many areas even have mobile locksmiths on call. This means they can come right out to your home with a truck or van loaded with all the equipment they might need to help you. With the use of their tools, they can very often remove the broken key without causing any damage to the lock itself and then get the door open so you can get inside.
If the lock has not been damaged and the broken key is not in too many parts, a good locksmith can very often make a replacement key for using what they have recovered so you will have another key to work with. Of course, if the key itself is in many small pieces, there is not much they can do to help you other than offer to install a new lock for you. You may want to consider doing that anyway if the lock has never been replaced.
While having a key break on you is unpleasant, it is something that you can deal with. It may take a little time and aggravation on your part, but by calling for help it can all be over pretty quickly for you. A professional locksmith can make fast work of the problem and have your life back to normal in no time at all.