Maintaining Your Home Security System

How much money do you invest in a reliable security system? A significant amount, right? And so you must maintain it regularly if you want it to deliver the best performance possible.

Here are some tips that you should follow to ensure reliable protection.

Perform inspections biannually

Maintaining Your Home Security System
Check all your cameras, both indoors and outdoors at least two times a year. Ensure that the cameras haven’t corroded, especially the ones outside your home.
If you notice any small signs of damage, you’d be better off replacing your cameras so that the equipment isn’t at risk of a short circuit. Also check power supplies, and make sure that power is being supplied to every component. At times, some of your cameras may not be getting power if there’s been a storm or if they’ve been tampered with.
Check the battery of the UPS as well and make sure that it is completely charged and in working order.

Clean camera lens

Camera lens need to be cleaned often. Do this whenever you inspect your security system which is twice a year. Clean dust, water spots, smudges and anything else that appears on them. Dirty lens significantly reduce image and video quality.

Ensure that box and bullet cameras are fixed securely

Review the positions of your cameras and ascertain that they are meeting your security needs. They should be able to capture the surroundings effectively, especially any potential point of entry. If your cameras are loose or vibrate in place, this is a red flag. Vibrations will reduce video quality.

Replace cameras that have broken parts

If any of your cameras are capturing images of low quality, replace them. Non-functional cameras result in a less reliable security system. Also check every camera for any broken parts; see if they can be fixed, but replacing them is generally a better idea.

Trim landscaping

Check the view of all your outdoor cameras. If any brushes, trees or vines nearby are blocking vision, trim them right away. Also make sure that bees, squirrels, birds or other animals have not built nests or homes around your cameras.

Enclose your outdoor cameras in a weatherproof housing

Environmental factors like the sun, wind and rain can impact your camera and damage them completely. Install all your outdoor cameras in weatherproof enclosures, something that you should have done when installing your home security system.  If your cameras are already properly enclosed, then open up the housing and make sure that no water or dust was able to reach inside.

Connect all cables securely

Worn out cables and lose connections are often the cause of a security system that doesn’t work. Ensure that you check all cable connections and that none of them show any signs of general wear and tear.

Keep manuals in a handy place

All the components of your security system must have come with a manual. Keep this in a safe and handy place for easy access. Should you face any problem, it might be a good idea to go through the manual first before you call in the pros for help.

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