Spilled water on laptop? We will try to help you solve this problem.
If you have just spilled liquid on your best laptop, time is of the essence. You must turn off your computer immediately and unplug it from the power outlet. If you have a removable battery, remove it immediately. Press the Power button until the computer shuts down. Do it immediately! Every second counts in this situation.
Okay, are you back with us? Here’s a more detailed guide on what to do in this emergency situation.
In a wet laptop emergency
Step 1: Remove all easily detachable components. Disconnect the mouse and all cables, and remove flash drives and DVDs. Leave the laptop naked.
Step 2: Dry the outside of the device. Open the laptop as far as it will go, hold it upside down to allow any accumulated liquid to drain away, and wipe the wet surfaces with an absorbent towel or lint-free absorbent cloth until they are dry. Do not attempt to force-dry the computer with hot air from a heat gun or hair dryer.
Step 3: At this point, we recommend that you use your warranty, if it’s still valid, or take your computer to a repair shop. If your brand has a specialized repair store (like Apple), call them or bring the machine in. Otherwise, look for local repair shops that specialize in laptops from your brand.
The type of liquid that was spilled matters: Water is the least acidic liquid, while liquids with sugar and alcohol are more conductive and more corrosive, and they can quickly cause permanent damage to your internal components. Either way, the goal is to minimize their impact by drying out your computer immediately. If you don’t want to bring in a professional, you can take additional steps to try to dry out your computer. Keep in mind, however, that neither Latest Social Media News nor the author of this article are responsible for any damage to your computer caused by disassembling it.
While laptops used to be easy to open and remove components from, this is not the case with today’s laptops. We don’t recommend trying to disassemble anything unless you have an older model laptop that is mostly unglued together. Nevertheless, here are a few steps you can take if your laptop allows you to do so.
Step 1: If you haven’t already done so, and your laptop allows you to do so, remove the battery. Removing the battery is usually done by pressing a switch or button on the underside of your computer.
Step 2: If you’re worried about fluid leaking into the entire system – components such as the memory and drive – you can remove those as well. Some laptops have panels on the underside that allow you to remove them. In most cases, however, you’ll need to use a Phillips or torx screwdriver to remove them. To remove the memory, push down on the side clips to remove each card. For the SSD or hard drive, you will probably have to loosen more screws to free it from the frame. Carefully disconnect it from the ports or power and data connection cables.
Step 3: Examine each removed component for signs of moisture or corrosion. Any wet parts should be dried, but if the liquid is not water, wipe it off with a clean toothbrush dipped in 99% isopropyl alcohol – it will dissolve the dirt without harming the liquid and evaporate without leaving a sticky residue.
Step 4: When everything is cleaned and inspected, and you’re sure you’ve removed all traces of corrosion, leave everything to air dry for two to three days in a warm, dry place. A fan will speed up the drying process. Do not use a hair dryer, as it can cause static electricity. Once you’ve disassembled the device and given the components time to dry, you can follow the instructions in reverse order to put the laptop back together and see if it works.
Hope it’s okay, but if it’s not, take it to a repair center.
If your laptop can’t be disassembled
What if you have a Surface Book 3, MacBook, or any other laptop that can’t be disassembled or even remove the battery? This situation drastically reduces your options, so you should take it to a repair center as soon as possible.
Between when the liquid spills on the laptop’s keyboard and when you take it to the store, here’s what you can do: Hold the device upside down and wipe any visible wet spots with a towel. Then put it on a dry surface and air the laptop out as much as possible – it may not help much, but it’s better than nothing while you wait for an appointment to repair water damage.
Some people recommend putting the laptop in a large bag of rice, but this well-known advice has many significant problems. First, a hygroscopic material like rice is not as useful when dealing with liquids containing sugars, alcohols, or substances other than water. Second, rice is ineffective at absorbing moisture that gets deep into the laptop, which is where problems arise. Third, the rice can contain debris that can get inside the laptop and create even more problems.
Sometimes it is impossible to get to a repair shop; emergencies never happen at a convenient time. In this case, it is extremely important to let the water-damaged laptop air out and air dry for at least 24-48 hours before trying to turn it on again. Trying to turn the computer on before it is ready will get you into trouble. This can cause a severe short circuit in the system and completely destroy your laptop.
To protect your laptop from possible future liquid spills, we suggest purchasing a keyboard case (like this one from KeyCover) for your device. Or go one step further and purchase a full cover for the top and bottom of your laptop. Another way to protect yourself is to carry your device in a great laptop bag. Always make sure that the case does not block the vents on the laptop. If it does, use scissors to cut the skin of the cover and leave the ventilation space open.
For those who work in an environment where liquids and moisture spilled on the laptop are commonplace, it is worth looking at a laptop with enhanced durability. It can be difficult to completely avoid spills, and this device comes with a sealed keyboard and extra features to protect against it. Take a look at Dell’s Latitude Rugged Extreme Laptop as an example.