10 Tips For Maintaining Your Home CCTV System
In order to ensure that your home security system keeps functioning optimally, you’ll need to schedule a regular CCTV maintenance checklist. This will help protect your investment while ensuring that you get the best possible performance from your security system. Below are the 10 tips for your security camera maintenance.
1. Clean camera lens
Checking your outdoor and indoor camera lens to ensure they are always clean. Look for smudges, dust, water-spots and other undesirable elements. Your camera won’t get clear image if your lenses are smudged or dirty. You should ideally start by using a compressed air can to blow the lens and remove all loose debris before using a microfiber brush to wipe the lenses very gently.
2. Trim the landscaping
Check all your outdoors camera view to make sure that all provide a clear view. Keep bushes, vines, trees and other plants near the cameras trimmed to prevent them from obstructing the camera.
3. Check the camera’s housing
The camera’s enclosures should remain water proof and you can check this by opening your security cameras’ housing to check for signs of water, dirt and condensation. This way, you will know whether the enclosures are still protecting the cameras from rain and wind.
4. Check for the corrosion
Check out all connectors for signs of corrosion. If you found any corroded one, replace it immediately since it can cause the rest of the equipment to short out.
5. Ensure that all cables are connected normally
Check all cable connectors, including those connecting the monitor, DVR and security cameras to ensure that they are all receiving power. Also check the cabling for any signs of wear and tear, replace any exposed wire immediately.
6. Check the power supply
Check the power supplies to your home video security systems to ensure that there is no loss of power due to storms, tampering, brownouts or other unwanted events. Check your UPS to ensure the battery are fully charged and don’t show any warning lights. You may also want to check that your CCTV cameras are receiving their recommended power requirements using a voltmeter. Otherwise, the camera may fail rapidly and it is always cheaper to replace the power supply than buy a new security camera.
7.Dust your DVR/NVR
The DVR/NVR may collect a layer of dust over time, and this must be wiped of regularly to prevent it from affecting its performance. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe your DVR or use a blower to dust the crevices.
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8. Emptying the hard drive
A large hard drive is needed to record and store a lot of data, but even one as big as 1 Terabyte will only store about 3 weeks of full motion video from a single camera. This means that you have to periodically back up and delete the video once the hard drive fills up.
9. Check the lighting
Ensure that important areas have enough lighting to illuminate suspects for easy identification. You may have to install an additional camera to capture fill-the frame images of suspects as they move about the home in addition to those that cover the whole scene.
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10. Set the correct date and time
On a daily basis check to ensure that the correct date and time are generated by the DVR and displayed on the monitor. Brief power outages may make it necessary for the time and date to be set.
Your video surveillance cameras need regular maintenance to ensure a clear picture. It is important to create a CCTV maintenance checklist for yourself, so that you will not miss out the CCTV maintenance as it is just as important as the safety of CCTV installation.
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