Maintenance Tips for Your Security Cameras

Maintenance Tips of Security camera

Security cameras are an extremely important part of home safety, but they can only do their job if they’re in good working order. How do you keep them in good condition, though? Fortunately, it’s not as difficult as it sounds. Here are a few key security camera maintenance tips that you can use to keep your system in tip-top shape.

How Often to Perform CCTV Maintenance

Though we generally recommend performing security camera repairs and maintenance once every six months, your needs may be different. If you live in an area with extreme weather, for example, your cameras may suffer more intense wear and tear than they would in others. 

Essentially, it’s up to you and what you think is best when deciding how often to maintain your security cameras. However, it’s never a bad idea to keep a keen eye out for malfunctions and damage so that you can repair them as quickly as possible. If you see something wrong, don’t wait until the next scheduled maintenance to fix it, just repair it right away.

Clean the Lens

Cleaning lens of security camera

Dust and debris can build up on the camera lens over time. It will decrease the image quality or even obstructing it entirely. Fortunately, this is extremely easy to fix during your regular maintenance. Just dampen a cloth with a small amount of lens cleaner or water, wipe each camera lens down, and then wipe them down again with a dry cloth. This will ensure that your CCTV lenses stay crystal clear and ready to capture anything that happens nearby.

Keep the Surrounding Area Clear

As the plants, trees, bushes, and other foliage in your yard continue to grow. They may grow in a way that obstructs your security cameras. Because of this, we recommend doing a bit of yard work during your usual camera maintenance. Trim back any plants that could be obstructing your camera’s view, and ensure that no other objects are standing in the way, either. If anything is blocking your security camera, it creates a blind spot that bad actors could potentially exploit. Keeping the area around your cameras clear therefore keeps your home security tight.

Tighten Housing Screws

Man Tighten Housing Screws

With regular wear and tear, the screws holding your security cameras inside their housing may start to loosen. If they come completely loose, the camera could break. While this is unlikely, it never hurts to ensure that all of the housing screws on your cameras are still tight. If they’ve started to come loose, just give them a few turns with a screwdriver until they’re back in place. Be sure not to over-tighten, as this could strip the screw and damage the housing. A screw is generally perfectly tightened when you can no longer tighten it without straining to do so.

Look for Signs of Tampering

Though it’s quite unlikely, there’s always the possibility of a bad actor tampering with your cameras to disable them, making your house an easier mark. If you’ve noticed strange behavior from your security system. We recommend doing a bit of camera maintenance. Look for any signs of interference like loosened housing, cut screws, or covered lenses, and fix them if possible. If not, you may need to buy a replacement camera, but the peace of mind it’ll bring you is well worth the cost.

Ensure Your Storage Device Hasn’t Failed

CCTV camera

If you’re storing your security camera footage on a hard drive, be sure to check in regularly. Most hard disk drives, or HDDs, have a very limited lifespan of around 3-5 years. This is because they read data using a spinning disk, and the moving parts will wear out quickly. If your hard drive fails without you realizing. It may corrupt past footage files, and will most likely be unable to store new ones.

If your hard drive is near failure, we recommend getting a replacement. If you don’t mind having to replace it regularly, you can just buy another HDD. But we recommend making the switch to an M.2 solid state drive, or SSD. M.2 SSDs have faster read/write speeds. It can last upwards of 10 years with proper maintenance, and offer better performance overall. Given, they’re quite a bit more expensive than an HDD, but we feel that the difference in performance and longevity makes them a worthwhile investment for any security system.

Ensure That the Wiring is Still Sound

Woman installing hidden security cameras in home

This is an especially important part of security camera maintenance for those who live in damp environments. Excessive moisture or humidity could potentially damage the wiring connections on your security cameras, shorting them out and damaging them beyond repair. To prevent this, check regularly to make sure that the wiring and connections are still in good shape, and purchase replacement cables if needed.

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