Maintenance tips for your video surveillance system
You want your video surveillance system to perform to the optimal level on a 24/7 basis. This means that you have to maintain it constantly so that nothing hampers it, be it damage, technical glitches, outside obstructions, or a lack of cleanliness. There are various steps you can take to ensure that your video security system is running smoothly so that no unusual activity goes unnoticed.
Clean your camera lenses
It’s vital that you keep all your security camera lenses clean at all times. Have them examined on a regular basis for smudges, water spots, dust and other obstructions. If your camera lenses are dirty, you will not get a clear image of what those cameras are recording, regardless of whether they produce high-resolution imagery or not. By using a can of compressed air you can blow particles away from the lens before gently wiping it with a microfibre cloth.
This one’s for your outdoor security cameras. Depending on where they’re placed, certain obstructions might get in the way from time to time, such as shrubs, vines or tree leaves. This is why it’s important to keep trees and bushes pruned and clipped so as to prevent them from getting in the way.
Inspect your connectors
Check your camera connectors for any signs of corrosion. If they are corroded, then replace them quickly. Corroded connectors may cause your video security system to short circuit, resulting in video loss.
Adjust your camera position
Constantly keep an eye on the position of your cameras. Each and every one of them should be facing in the intended direction. If they are not facing the right way, then adjust them so that they are monitoring your desired areas of surveillance. Also check that your cameras are firmly installed and not loose.
Secure your cabling
Check to see that every single one of your cables is securely connected and that your whole security camera system is receiving power. Also inspect your cables closely to ensure that none of them are splitting, cracking or wearing out. If you find cables with exposed wires then replace them promptly.
Dust off your DVR or NVR
Over time dust can collect on your video recorders, ultimately causing them damage. Avoid this by regularly dusting them. Once again, a microfibre cloth and compressed air can come to the rescue. You can use the former to wipe dust off your recorder and the latter to blow out dust that might be trapped in its crevices.
Check your power supplies
Examine your video surveillance system’s power supplies in order to be certain that no power has been lost. This could happen due to events such as thunderstorms, power surges, tampering, blackouts, or brownouts, which are drops in voltage in an electrical supply system. You want your cameras to work properly, so make sure that no damage has been done.
There are various measures you can take to confirm that your video security system is properly maintained. Remove all possible obstructions and regularly clean your equipment. Also check for damages that might have occurred to your cables and connectors. Get into the habit of inspecting, cleaning and repairing your security camera system so that it doesn’t falter.