Spilled Water on Your Laptop? Here’s how to fix it

Spilled Water on Your Laptop? Here’s how to fix it

Jul 21, 2021, 12:41:43 AM Tech and Science

Laptops and fluids aren’t a nice combination, but disasters happen. If you’re reading this after a spill, turn off your machine and remove the power wire and battery as quickly as possible.

Electricity and water should not be mixed! You risk injuring yourself or causing more damage to your computer. Make sure your hands and the area (or button) you’re contacting are fully dry before touching the laptop.

If you’ve just spilled something on your best laptop, you don’t have much time. You must switch off and disconnect your computer as soon as possible. If your battery is detachable, remove it right away. Hold pressing the Power button until your machine turns off. Do it right now! In these circumstances, every second counts.

Here’s a guide on how to deal with this situation.

In case of a wet laptop emergency

Step 1: Remove all easily detachable components. Remove any flash drives and DVDs, as well as your mouse and any wires. Remove all of the accessories from your laptop.

Step 2: Wipe the device’s exterior. Open your laptop as far as it could go, flip it upside down to drain any stored liquid, then wipe wet areas with an absorbent cloth or a lint-free absorbent cloth until they’re dry. Using a heat gun or a hairdryer to dry the computer is not a good idea.

Step 3: If your warranty is still valid, we recommend that you use it or take your equipment to a repair shop at this time. Give them a call or bring it in if your brand has a specific repair store. If everything else fails, look for a local repair shop that specializes in your laptop’s brand.

The type of liquid spilled is important: water is the least acidic, whereas sugary and alcoholic fluids are more conductive and corrosive, and they can quickly destroy your internal components. In any case, the goal is to reduce the impacts as much as possible by drying the computer as soon as possible. If you don’t want to get a professional to examine it, there are a few more things you may do to try to dry out your machine. Please keep in mind that neither Digital Trends nor the author is responsible for any harm to your computer as a result of taking it apart.

Break it down

While it was once simple to open up and remove components from older computers, this is no longer the case with newer computer systems. Unless you have an older laptop model that isn’t entirely sealed together, we don’t recommend attempting to disassemble anything. As a result, if your laptop supports it, here are some measures you can try.

Step 1: If your laptop allows it, remove the battery if you haven’t previously. The battery is normally removed by pressing a switch or button on the computer’s underbelly.

Step 2: If you’re worried about liquid leaking into other parts of the system, such as your memory and storage drive, you can also remove them. On the underside of some computers, you’ll discover panels that allow you to remove them. In most cases, however, you’ll need to remove them with a screwdriver. To eject each memory stick, press the side clips. To remove the solid-state drive or hard drive from the frame, you’ll probably have to undo a few more screws. Carefully disconnect it from the power and data connecting ports or wires.

Step 3: Check each component you’ve removed for signs of moisture or rust. Any wet portions should be dried, but if the liquid isn’t water, remove it with a clean toothbrush soaked in 99 percent isopropyl alcohol, which can dissolve muck without damaging the liquid and evaporate without leaving a sticky residue.

Step 4: After you’ve cleaned and examined everything and are sure you’ve brushed away any traces of corrosion, let it air dry for two to three days in a warm, dry environment. The drying process will be accelerated with the use of a fan. A hairdryer should not be used since it can induce static problems. After you’ve disassembled your machine and allowed the components to dry, reverse the procedures to reassemble your laptop and test it.

Hopefully, everything will be ok, but if it isn’t, take it to a repair shop.

Published by Elisa Wilson

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