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We know just how busy you are, and keeping your security systems regularly maintained may seem like an unnecessary task to squeeze into an already jam-packed schedule. In the long run, however, you’ll find doing so prevents future headaches.
If you’re in the process of choosing or installing a security system, and have decided to hire a professional, ask if they offer preventative maintenance plans (PMIs), as this will benefit you down the road. You may also consider purchasing an extended warranty and service plan to help efficiently keep your alarm’s testing and maintenance up to date.
Why should you maintain your security systems?
Obviously, regular maintenance of your systems is beneficial for the security of your home and contents. On top of that, though, there are a few reasons you should consider routinely servicing them.
Regular maintenance can help your tech last longer, which will save you money over time. For security systems with detectors and cameras, the dust that collects can damage the inner mechanisms, which will shorten the lifespan of the technology. Keeping the sensors clean of dust and debris can also reduce the chances of a false alarm. It’s also important to replace batteries before they go flat, as we know what a pain it can be when your home security runs out of power.
What you may not know, however, is that to conform with the Australian Standard, and to avoid affecting insurance plans, your security system needs to be serviced annually.
How often should you be checking your systems?
Experts advise to check your security systems at least once a quarter for the best results. If you don’t have time to do it that often, though, you should try to have your tech serviced at least once or twice a year.
And if you’re wary to call in a bunch of professionals into your home without reasonable cause, there are a few things you can check before calling in the big dogs. Particularly, keep an eye out for low batteries, squeaky hinges, and loose locks.
What to look out for before booking a service with your local mobile locksmith:
Doors and windows
Over long periods of exposure to the elements, buildings may begin to shift or warp, resulting in issues with windows and doors, and their locking mechanisms. As the building changes, your doors and windows will no longer sit correctly, and therefore the locks won’t line up properly. Not to mention, the sagging or binding of a door will slowly damage your lock, leading to failure that will likely have you locked out of your home or work space.
To make sure your doors are safe from warping, and the resulting lock failure, it is recommended that the gap between the door and frame are less than 6 millimetres thick. For a professional evaluation, call your local mobile locksmith to come to your property and check the locks on your doors and windows.
The control panel is the heart and soul of your security system, receiving the signals from every sensor on the property, and interpreting those signals to know when to activate. Control panels have a “test” mode, wherein it runs a self-diagnostic to ensure everything is working properly. However, if you use a monitoring service, remember to notify them before running the test so they don’t treat it as an emergency if an alarm activates.
It is in your best interest to make sure your locks are cleaned and lubricated regularly. Cleaning should be done fairly often, with a damp rag and a mild cleaning product, as harsher ones can deteriorate and remove the lock’s finish.
As for lubrication, it’s recommended to do so at least once a year, using a dry or graphite lubricant. Use the product to spray inside the lock, moving a key in and out to remove the excess.
Hiring a professional
Depending on the type of electronic security system, you may need to routinely perform updates. Each device comes with instructions on how to carry out these system updates, so you can do it yourself, but it may be easier to call a professional and have them perform the installation for you.
Hashtag Locksmiths are experienced security specialists located right here in Perth. Call us today on 0422 254 110 for expert advice on home security, or to book a service with your local mobile locksmith.