For those of you who are thinking about installing outdoor security cameras, one thing to keep in mind is to make sure that they’re able to take a splash or a windy day as well.
Most security cameras out there don’t do well outdoors, especially on a rainy day, but this doesn’t mean you can’t improve their performance. This means waterproofing the camera so that you stay calm and careless even when it’s pouring rain outside.
Just between you and me (and all the other readers), you shouldn’t use any security camera outdoors. You may instead use some waterproof cameras for the outdoors as it’s water the main element that ruins your camera.
Why use waterproof security cameras anyway?
Using security cameras for the outdoors is a good way to maintain your property and family safe, inside and outside. You may keep an eye on who’s coming in/exits your property and get even the evidence on possible intruders.
You also want the security cameras to be reliable no matter how the weather conditions get, which is why waterproofing is essential. Once a camera gets ruined by water, it doesn’t capture footage anymore, becoming worthless.
You don’t want to repair your camera either because of the water damage. Not to mention that the warranty may become void once the camera gets wet.
In the end, waterproofing your security camera is always the way to go.
How to do it
If you already have some security cameras and they’re not waterproof, you may want to improvise instead of making a new investment to secure the outdoors of your property.
You may waterproof the already existing security cameras so that may take even some stormy days.
A good option is to find cases that are designed to be placed on common security camera, preparing them for the outdoor use. You shouldn’t get cheap though and shouldn’t sacrifice on the quality. It’s best to look for the high-quality cases that are rugged and able to protect your cameras from rain or any other elements.
Waterproofing your security camera means in fact more than one features, and some even talk about the following steps to take:
The complete waterproof design on cabling
This means that it’s not enough to waterproof your camera, but you also need to look for the detachable junction for installation, the waterproof on strain relief bushing and the accessory tape that seals the interstice between cable/conduit.
The waterproof design
You’d want to have a waterproof design for focus and the zoom adjustment as well. You don’t want to open chassis for farther adjustments.
It’s also better to use interfaces that are buried and covered so the risk for the water infiltration is minimal.
It’s not enough for the camera to be waterproof, and you also need to take a look at the gasket, as it has to be clean and with no cracks whatsoever. Play it safe and tighten the screws on housing tightly so that the gasket is well pressed and the chances for some water infiltration are none.
You also need the unprotected wires to be waterproof so it’s better to insert them into a junction box, minimizing risk for water infiltrating.
On a rainy day, rainwater may run down along the outside of the cable, dropping off at the bottom of the loop. When you’re not using the loop, the rainwater may get way easier into the camera along the cable.
Be meticulous and apply some sealant (silicone is a good option) in holes, gaps or any other voids that present higher risk to water leakage. Always keep an eye on the instructions of products so that you don’t end up inhaling some chemical substances.
What else to do
There are some things to keep in mind before you’re installing your waterproof camera, for increasing their efficiency.
You need to make sure that you install the cameras high enough so that it’s difficult for someone to damage them.
It’s essential for the cameras to be securely installed so that they’re not easily blown away, moved or even damaged by a heavy storm.
Use a waterproof unit if you install your security camera under a carport or any other kind of shelter. This doesn’t mean the camera can’t get wet anymore as wind may blow the rain under the shelter.
In addition, if it’s raining the first day you installed the security cameras, don’t worry. Most of the security cameras out there are designed so that they may take a splash or to. It is the heavy storm and pouring rain you should worry about.