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Do You Know These Tips To Prevent Water Damage In Electronics

Jan 8, 2008
People would not get as bent out of shape about their cell phone getting wet if it wasn't for the reason that they were probably using it at the time. Often is the case that electronics cease to function once they make contact with water because the device is powered on when it hits the liquid.

If you are one of the unfortunate many who has dropped a electronic device in the drink, don't worry about it. Just make sure that it wasn't on when you dropped it in. While water can cause damage to electronics, the electricity that causes it to work is what causes the machine to fry like an egg on the windshield of your car in triple digit weather.

Turning on your device after it has been submerged will cause the electric current to run through it and will usually render the device useless.

There are obvious ways to prevent your device from being submerged in water. One such way is called being careful. But this method isn't always effective. If your device is, let's say, a cell phone, a cover for it is your best bet.

While a cover won't always, well, cover it, it will be a great way to prevent a good deal of moisture. If, say, your computer has some water spilled on it (and just what are you doing with liquids around your computer, anyway?) you should IMMEDIATELY unplug it and wait for roughly two weeks so that it has dried out, and there is no water to cause its very unpleasant death.

It is very important that you keep the device in a cool, dry area that won't pick up condensation, because that will cause the device to take longer to dry, and additional water damage can be done.

It is also important to wait for a week or two, and to make sure that you do NOT shake the device to see if there is still water in it. This can just cause damage to the device, and then you will have waited for probably nothing.

Now, if you are the kind of person who doubts their repertoire of electronics knowledge, it's best to simply take the device to an electronics repairman. You will have to shell out a few bucks, but not as many as you paid for the device.

This can also be taken as a chance to make sure there is nothing else wrong with the device that should be fixed before it is used again.
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