In general, you don’t want to see waves on your Ring spotlight or floodlight cam unless you’re in a gorgeous location. A surprising number of these cameras had water in them.
Even the most well-protected outdoor technology may be penetrated by water. The good news is that ensuring that your outside Ring devices are waterproof is a very simple procedure..
With only three simple actions, you can prevent water from flooding your Ring camera. When the water has evaporated, bring the camera inside and let it rest for a few minutes before using it again. There are a number of ways that you may make the camera more water resistant, like moving it under an awning, installing a rain hood, or caulking the camera’s base.
From Ring’s waterproofing concept to methods for making your cameras watertight, we’re going to cover it everything.
Learn about Ring Spotlight and Floodlight Cams
In the bottom of the PIR sensor of a Ring Floodlight Cam, there is some water
The Ring Floodlight Cam and the Ring Spotlight Cam are two of Ring’s top outdoor smart home gadgets since they both have sirens and lights.
Cameras meant for outdoor use have the same cloud storage, two way communication, and the ability to light up an area of your property while capturing video for both of these models. Ring Floodlight Cam and Ring Spotlight Cam both include plug-in and hardwired versions, as well as battery and solar power choices.
When we look at the Ring floodlight camera, the discrepancies become much more apparent. Even at night, it has two huge floodlights that give it excellent night vision.
When it comes to water, can I use the Ring Floodlight or Spotlight Camera?
It is not possible to take either of these cameras into the water. They both claim to be “weatherproof,” but that’s not quite true. It’s worth noting that this is a completely different measure of environmental resistance than waterproof, and it’s important to understand why.
What Exactly Is “Weather Resistant?”
Our technology needs to meet two separate standards: weather-resistant and waterproof. To help you quickly grasp the difference between these two metrics, here’s a simple explanation.
To say that something is waterproof simply implies that you can submerge it in water and it will continue to function. When a gadget is described as “waterproof,” it usually suggests that it is also “weatherproof.” Swimmable watches are just as happy in the water as they are out running in the rain.
Having a gadget that can withstand everything Mother Nature throws at it is simply known as weatherproof. It can tolerate cold weather, hot weather, and a typical amount of rain. Even in windy climes, there is a lot of heavy rain.
Briefly stated, weatherproof implies it can be left outdoors in the elements while waterproof means it can be submerged under water.
Because of its IP65 classification, the Ring Floodlight Cam is “water resistant,” however it cannot be completely protected from the elements. There is a good chance that both of these cameras would be damaged by high-pressure water hoses, and hence would be ineffective in the event of a major storm.
For the Ring Floodlight Cam Plus, it has a classification of IP65
Although Ring cameras are designed to withstand some degree of weather, water may still make its way into the devices, despite this.
The Ring Spotlight Cam’s Water Resistant Design
In the bottom of the PIR sensor of a Ring Floodlight Cam, there is some water
An old engineering adage holds true in this situation: Everything leaks!
Despite our best efforts, we are unable to keep water completely out of the house. We’ll have to figure out how to fix the situation if a leak occurs. Using these tips, you can keep your Ring cameras safe and dry.
For a few days, bring your device inside the house.
Condensation is one of the most typical issues with the outdoor Ring cameras.
These complex electrical gadgets are very difficult to shield against the effects of humidity. It is possible for water vapor to sneak into the weatherproofing via even the tiniest of gaps, even with the provided rubber grommets.
Grommets used to ‘waterproof’ the Ring Floodlight Camera.
If you reside in a region known for its high humidity, you may need to bring your gadget inside to keep it safe.
When you bring your camera inside the house, it has a chance to adjust its humidity level to match that of the outside environment. Ideally, this will enable the camera’s water vapor to gently exit via the same gaps that allowed it to enter in the first place. It’s important to remember that this is only a stopgap measure.
When your gadget is exposed to the elements again, the condensation may certainly return. While you’re trying out our more long-term options, you can always rotate your cameras between being outside and being inside for a few days at a time.
Adjust Your Camera’s Position
Installed the rear bracket for the Ring Floodlight Cam
Another common way water enters your housing is by the angle at which your camera is pointed.
First and first, let’s deal with the more fundamental issues.
There’s a considerable probability that rainwater running down the wall and into your cameras if they’re on an open wall without an awning above them. Putting your camera beneath an awning is an excellent method to shield it from the elements.
There may be a problem with how your cameras are mounted if they are currently beneath the canopy and are still getting wet.
The awning over your camera may possibly be a contributing factor to the issues we are attempting to solve. Observe how water pours down the walls of your home next time it rains. An old awning may direct water in a precise direction. You may reorient your cameras such that the water is flowing in the other direction from where they are now located.
Look for drips and leaks in the framework above and surrounding your camera, as well as in the housing itself. Depending on the cause, this might indicate that the camera is being subjected to excessive moisture or that larger leaks are harming your smart home technology.
Keep your car dry by purchasing a rain cover
A whole canopy is certainly out of the question, but there are other ways to cover your Ring cameras that don’t need a complete awning.
Rain covers for these Ring spotlight and flood light cameras come in a range of styles. It’s not uncommon to see models that seem like little awnings for the camera. These provide an additional layer of water protection while maintaining a clean and basic appearance.
Rain coverings are fitted to the camera as well. We affectionately refer to these hoodies as “ringies” inside the Ring community. In fact, they resemble a rain helmet for your Ring spotlight camera.
If you don’t mind a little change in aesthetic, these are excellent ways to keep water out of your camera.
To Prevent Water Ingress, Use Silicone Caulk.
When we get to the next solution, you’ll be able to brag about how much you know about Home Improvement.
The rear of the wall where these Ring cameras are installed is a major source of water penetration. Powered cameras that are physically plugged into your house are an exception to this rule. The good news is that a trip to the hardware store is all that is needed to get everything back to normal.
Grab some silicone caulk to seal the wall-to-camera gap. A piece of paper can fit through the little space between the camera and the wall, but water may get right through that and into the housing, ruining your expensive camera.
It’s a simple matter of applying caulk to the camera’s mounting bracket. This will ensure that the camera is waterproof and secure.
If you’re going to caulk anything on the exterior of your house, here’s an extra tip: use silicone caulk. You should always leave a little gap in the wall to enable water to evacuate if it is able to get behind the wall and enter the room. Caulk the top, sides, and bottom corners of these Ring cameras, but leave a little opening at the bottom for drainage.
Assuming everything else has been checked thoroughly, let’s look at the last suggestion for repairing a leaking Ring camera now.
Take Advantage of Your Warranties
This is the go-to repair for nagging Ring camera issues that no other method resolves. There is a possibility that the issue is not yours, but rather the manufacturer’s, even if you have mastered all of the solutions on this list.
Ring’s warranty is lenient in most cases. They’ll gladly repair a camera if it’s prone to flooding due to a manufacturing defect. If your warranty claim is refused, you may always return your camera to the merchant if it’s still within the warranty period.
Keep in mind that Ring Protect Plus or Pro members receive extended warranties on their devices, as well. The Ring outdoor camera you bought some years ago may still be protected under the warranty.