I don’t try to hide the fact that I’m not a fan of cold weather. I’ll tolerate it if I’m bundled up and prepared. I have bad news for you. Locks are the same…especially padlocks! They’re sitting on the outside of (usually unheated) buildings or on gates. Completely exposed to the elements.
I’m entering into my 21st year of being a full time security solutions provider. That means 20+ winters of customer feedback regarding padlocks…most of it is contradicting!!
All winter long, I have customers coming in telling two types of similar stories.
Customer 1 tells me: “This is an awesome padlock! It never freezes!”
Customer 2 tells me: “This padlock is terrible! I carry a torch and my key all winter long!”
Same padlock…opposing stories. How can this be?
The answer is simple. It’s all how you treat the lock when the weather hits and what you do if (and when) it does freeze.
- Cover the lock with a physical barrier to keep it out of the elements
- Spray the lock and its internals with a water repelling fluid
- We sell Lock Saver which keeps water from settling in the components
- Solution – For when it does freeze
- Warm up the lock
- Putting a torch or lighter to the lock will get it open. Putting it right back will only let it freeze back up again. You need to do more…
- Dry out the lock
- Allow the lock ample time to dry and get the moisture out otherwise it’ll just freeze up again
- Displace the moisture
- WD-40! Honestly! WD = Water Displacement – It gets any remaining moisture out of the crevices and lubricates the lock.
- See Step 1…Prevention
- Warm up the lock
I’ve used this simple process for years to get customers into their homes and gates. I don’t believe there is anything on the planet that is completely freeze proof. We can’t control the weather. We can just better prepare for it.
If you want to discuss this or any other security tips, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear from you and help keep what matters most to you safe.