FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Read our frequently asked questions about our locksmith services and locksmithing questions you may have about any issues.
Questions And Answers Related To Locksmiths
Below are the typical questions we as professional Locksmiths in Houston encounter often. We believe these answers will assist you when searching for a trusted locksmith.
WHY SHOULD I USE A PROFESSIONAL LOCKSMITH COMPANY?
killed professional locksmiths bring experience and fund of knowledge in lock, safe & security problems and are better prepared to solve security issues to your unique situation. A professional locksmith can prescribe state-of-the-art products that work and more effective solutions in an efficient manner.
WHAT KIND OF LOCKSMITH SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?
Many people will contact us when they find themselves in an emergency situation: locked out of a house or a car and in need of a new car key, etc. But the list of services that we provide is much greater than that. We can assist you with rekeying or changing your locks, extracting a (broken) key from a lock, maintenance & repair, installing locks & deadbolts, lock picking, key cutting & duplication, we can assist with alarm system installation, security bar panic devices, security advise and we can even crack safes.
We are here to help you, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
MY KEY DOES NOT INSERT OR WITHDRAW EASILY OR IT HAS DIFFICULTY TURNING?
First, spray the lock with a light penetrating oil (such as WD-40). This oil can be found at most hardware stores, but can even be found at some drug stores and supermarkets. Don’t be afraid to spray too much, but have a paper towel handy to pick up the excess. Spray the oil into the keyhole and onto the bolt mechanism. Move the bolt in and out to allow the oil to penetrate into the lock. Do not take the lock apart if you are not confident you can put it back together.
CAN YOU INSTALL A KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEM?
Yes, we can install keyless entry systems to your home, car or business. Call us for a free consultation with at 713-688-3887 to determine if a key-less entry system is right for you.
I’M LOCKED OUT OF MY CAR. IS ALAMO KEY AND LOCK MOBILE?
Yes! Our mobile automotive locksmith will come to your location and make a key on the spot. We can make a basic replacement key in about 20 minutes. If your key contains a microchip (transponder key) it can take a bit longer than 20 mins. Either way, our mobile emergency locksmiths are trained and skilled to get you in your car and back on the road quickly.
THE REMOTE CONTROL KEY OF MY CAR IS LOST/BROKEN, CAN YOU HELP?
Yes, our service professionals carry new remote control keys, they need to be programmed and synced with your car on site. Our automotive locksmiths are able to do that in their van for almost every car brand.
WHAT IS A MASTER KEY?
In Short, a Master Key is the main key of a group of locks. Regular keys can unlock one matching lock, but the master key is able to unlock all of the locks inside the group. Usually, master keys are used by landlords or property managers.
To be able to Master-key a group of locks they all need to be made by the same manufacturer. However, in some cases, it’s possible to create a master key if the brand is not identical. We also provide more complex systems using sub-Master keys Grand-Master keys etc.
I WANT TO OPEN ALL DOORS IN MY HOUSE WITH ONE KEY, IS THIS POSSIBLE?
Yes. If you have a key that slides into all your locks, then we can simply re-key the locks. If your key does not slide into a certain lock (or locks) then those locks will need to be replaced.
WE PURCHASED A NEW HOUSE, SHOULD WE GET NEW KEYS?
Yes: if you don’t know who else owns a key to your home you are potentially at risk. Think about it, a previous housekeeper, babysitter, or a family member of the previous owner may still own a duplicate key to your home. In case you are not 100% sure we advise you to either re-key the existing locks, which can be done relatively cheap in most cases or to completely replace the existing locks.
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About Our Locksmith Services
When you lock your keys in the car, it is important to call a locksmith service as soon as possible
A good locksmith can arrive within minutes and fix the problem, saving you valuable time. Depending on how much time you have to make your phone call, you may need a locksmith for a few hours or a few minutes.
Commercial Locksmith Services
Our commercial locksmiths can also help you keep your business secure if you get locked out. They can pick the lock and open the door for you. In case the lock is beyond repair, they can replace it or come up with a backup plan. In the event you need to hire a locksmith, you should be aware of the cost and availability of different options.
A car lockout can be extremely frustrating. Fortunately, there are several solutions. Keeping calm and remembering where you left your keys is essential. If you have locked your keys in your car then your best bet is to give us a call.
A safe-cracking service can come to your home or office and break into the safe. This process usually takes several minutes or hours, but it can be completed in a day. To get a safe cracked, you can send a photo of it to us. This will give us an idea of what we are dealing with. When the cracking service arrives, they’ll then start cracking the safe. There are many advantages to using a safe-cracking company such as Alamo Key And Lock.
Residential Locksmith Services
Your locks are also an important concern for homeowners. They work closely with the doors in your home to keep you and your family safe. It is important to have your locks serviced regularly, and you should consider getting a locksmith if you notice any problems with your lock. If you have a broken key, you should consider having it replaced, even if it is only a minor issue. If you notice that your current locks are showing signs of wear and tear, it is a good idea to call a professional residential locksmith.