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Taking Care of Your Water Damaged Laptop

Oct 12, 2007
Anyone who has ever owned a laptop or other electronic device knows that whatever you do, you should not let it come into contact with water, especially a large quantity of it. With laptops, water is usually spilled on the keyboard due to the misplacement of a drink or by knocking it over.

The problem is not with the water itself, but with the electricity running through the device at the time the liquid is spilled. It is the combination of the two that does the damage to the motherboard, not the simple act of spilling water on it.

During the manufacturing process, circuit boards like this are washed in clean water to remove anything from their surfaces before they are packaged and shipped. However, if you need to clean off your motherboard on your desktop or your laptop due to a collection of dust or spilling anything, you should use rubbing alcohol, not water.

As with your response to water coming into contact with any electronic device, it should be immediate.

As soon as it happens, you should turn the laptop upside down, remove the A/C cord, and remove the battery. Turning the laptop upside down serves to let the excess liquid drain out of it and you should do this until it stops dripping out. Proceed to dry off the outside of the laptop with a cloth or paper towels after this.

As long as you disconnect the power source as soon as possible and allow the device to dry out completely, it should be fine. Do not try to power on the device before you are certain that it is completely dry on the inside. Of course, this is only if you have only spilled water on it, not if you have spilled an acidic beverage such as cola or coffee onto it. This will require some extra steps to take care of and may require that you take the laptop apart.

If you think you may have to have it taken apart to clean the cola or coffee off of the circuit board on the inside, then you may want to consider having it taken to a computer repair shop.

It will cost a little money, but unless you are familiar with electronics and really feel that you know what you are doing, this is your best option. They will make sure that your laptop is in working order, as long as you made sure that the liquid did not assist in frying the motherboard.
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