Don’t let your security system go unchecked
Installing a security system can indeed reduce the risk of a home burglary. But without conducting routine inspections and maintenance, you might be living with a false sense of security. From the batteries to the wiring, testing the various components within your system will ensure that your system has your safety covered when you need it the most.
How often should you check/test your system?
Some of the components in your home security system, such as the fire alarm, operate on batteries. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, homeowners should conduct fire alarm tests on a monthly basis, and replace the batteries as needed. You can also apply the same frequency to the rest of your comprehensive security system.
When to test your security system
You might need to check your system more frequently if you had recent work done to your home or property. For instance:
- After servicing: If you hired a technician to repair or service your home security system, it’s still good practice to conduct tests after they leave. Repairs to wiring could cause other components like sensors to malfunction.
- After modifications are made: If you recently had a home remodeling or renovation project completed, be sure to test your home security system. During construction, it’s possible that the placement of your video cameras changed.
- After any major changes with internet/phone service: If you own a wireless security system, any changes made to your internet or phone could impact connectivity. Password changes made to the Wifi network must be applied to the security system.
- After power outage to make sure your items are back online: Security systems are equipped with back-up batteries to ensure your home is protected even during a power outage. However, if the outage lasts longer than 24 hours, there’s a chance it might drain the battery. Always check your system when the power comes back on so you know that all components are functioning.