Security systems are comprised of robust devices that work harmoniously to protect your home. While these devices are built to be reliable, they do need to be maintained from time to time. This means inspecting the condition of the components, checking whether or not the batteries need replacing, and ensuring that each device in your security system is working properly.
Maintaining your security system is quite easy and even the most non-techie homeowner won’t have difficulty performing a few inspections. Here’s how to perform a security system maintenance in just 6 steps.
- Conduct perimeter checks on a weekly basis
Each week, take the time to inspect your home from all four corners. Check the door frames, window sills, the back door entrance, and even the door/window locks. This allows you to spot any weaknesses and address it immediately. You want the door frames to be sturdy enough and free from any warping or rotting that can make it easy for someone to force their entry. The locks should be free from tampering and signs of wear and tear. If you notice that the locks are a bit flimsy, replace them as soon as possible.
Test out the door and window sensors to see if they sound off. Wireless sensors are equipped with batteries and oftentimes it’s a discharged battery that causes it to malfunction. Replace the batteries with fresh ones and re-fasten the adhesive of the sensors as well.
- Test the control panel
The control panel is one of the most integral components of a security system. It’s what receives signals from sensors and devices and it’s responsible for controlling each component of the security system. Modern control panels have a so-called “test mode” which runs a self-diagnostic test to identify any issues within the security system. From there, you can solve problems like a disconnected camera or a malfunctioning door/window sensor and reactivate them.
Carefully inspect the wirings of the control panel. Make sure there are no loose wires hanging around and everything is properly connected. If the control panel itself is showing some problems or it can’t perform a self-diagnostic test, it’s best to contact your security systems provider and have them inspect it for you.
- Examine your exterior lighting
While not totally part of a security system, the exterior lights in your home act as a supplementary component for security cameras to record better low-light footage. Sufficient lighting also acts as a deterrent for burglars and discourages them for fear of being caught. Make sure that you have adequate lighting in your home and that there are no busted light bulbs installed. Ideally, you should have exterior lighting on the front entrance, the back door, and other areas where burglars and thieves might lurk.
- Inspect your security cameras
While we’re on the subject of security cameras, it’s a good idea to include these devices in your security system’s maintenance. If you’re using a CCTV camera, make sure the cables are in good condition. The cables should be free of any tears, warps, or bends that may lead to a poor connection. If you’re using IP cameras, check if the WiFi signal is strong enough so that the connection doesn’t get dropped from time to time. You can use a WiFi repeater to extend the coverage of your WiFi and ensure your IP cameras are always connected.
Review the footage of your security cameras and inspect the quality of the videos. If it comes out blurry, it’s likely that the sensor isn’t focusing too well on its subject. Adjust the angle of the camera and aim it directly at the spot. A quick wipe of the camera lens will do wonders as dust and debris can make it difficult for the camera to focus.
- Request for an annual inspection
The last step in maintaining your security system is to request for an annual inspection. Professional technicians understand security systems like the back of their hand and know where to look for problems and issues. Most security system providers offer annual inspections at a very low cost, so make sure to take advantage of this as much as possible.
The technician will do a thorough check on the components, update the software of the security system, and replace all sensors and devices that are malfunctioning. They’ll also fix wires that have been torn or worn out to ensure proper connection. An annual inspection will keep your security system running optimally for years to come while also preventing more expensive repairs down the road.
By following these steps, your home security system will do its job of protecting your home day-in and day-out. It’s all about establishing a routine maintenance schedule to prevent issues with your security system and provide your property with the protection it needs.