PERHAPS YOUR HOME HAS A PEST PROBLEM!
Smoke detectors are invaluable in keeping your family safe in the event of a fire. But sometimes a smoke detector can activate even though there isn’t a smoke or fire trigger. Most false alarms occur when a spider or insect makes a home in the device. A buildup of dust can also trigger false alarms. Fortunately, routine maintenance will keep your fire and security systems working in top condition and can prevent false alarms.
Finding spiders and bugs inside of your home is creepy enough. But they can also wreak havoc with your smoke and security systems. As the weather gets cooler, spiders are quickly weaving their webs and finding neat hiding places. Oftentimes, a smoke detector fits the bill. A beeping device may indicate a low battery. But spiders and other insects can also cause problems when they attempt to squeeze into a warm spot to spend the winter.
First, check the device to make sure any batteries are in good working condition. If not, replace them. If the problem is not the battery, clean out any dust or spiderwebs you may see using a vacuum. Even a can of air can do the trick. This should be at least twice a year. Spider webs can also cause the unit to sound as if there is smoke in the building. If this occurs, it is imperative to first follow proper evacuation procedures. If no smoke or fire is found, check the inside of the unit and either change the battery or clean out the debris. NEVER take out the battery and leave the unit disabled. That is a mistake that could have deadly consequences. If at any time routine maintenance doesn’t fix the problem, contact Delco Alarm Systems. Our team of experienced professionals can pinpoint the problem and remedy the situation. Note, Before doing any maintenance on your fire or security devices, make sure to put your system on test with central station to avoid a false alarm.
Mice, squirrels and rats are also looking for nice cozy places to call home during the winter months. These unwanted visitors can cause significant damage to your home, including your alarm system. These pests can chew right through wires or even drywall to get to a warm hiding spot. Too many homeowners have learned first-hand the damage mice, rats and even squirrels can
cause. A “trouble” indicator on your alarm panel indicating a door or window contact is open, even though both are closed tightly, may be the result of a mouse, rat or squirrel having chewed
through a wire. These critters will gnaw on almost anything, insulation, car seats, wires, leaving feces and urine behind. They not only damage property, but are a significant health hazard. If a service technician finds a chewed wire or contact disabled by vermin, a Delco Alarm technician can typically repair the problem. But the rodent issue must also be addressed as well.
There are a variety of options to rid your home of these pests, such as setting out traps and closing up gaps and holes. In some cases, a professional exterminator is warranted to help alleviate the problem as well provide peace of mind. Remember, routinely cleaning smoke detectors, checking your home for indications of rodent infestation and keeping up with general maintenance will keep your home or commercial fire and security systems running smoothly. If you have questions or need more information, contact the professionals at Delco Alarm Systems, 610-494-9100.