People often spill liquids such as tea, water, milk, coffee, and juices on their laptops causing severe water damage. A fluid of any kind can cause serious damage to your laptop if the right steps are not taken at the right time. These leaks can immediately kill the laptop. Because of the damage, it causes to the circuits by forming a natural bridge between them.
Your laptop may not start up, may stop responding, may not display anything, or may not make different noises. Depending on where the leak was leaked. Even if it starts up, a fluid that causes damage can take some time to show signs of it. So if you have spilled something on the laptop, in small or large quantities. Make sure the laptop is turned off immediately to prevent damage to the bridge.
How to protect your laptop against Water Damage
Solving a problem before it happens can save you a lot of problems. Such as preventing water damage to one’s system. The following can be very useful for a laptop owner.
- Try to keep all types of liquids and food away from the laptop.
- Remember most of the laptop’s keyboards are not leak-free. And much of the damage is caused by water that seeps through the openings between the keys in the motherboard.
- Keep a lid on liquid containers and keep their distance from your laptop.
- You can also buy membranes and protective keyboards for your laptop keyboards. That is easily available at e-bay or other online stores to protect your keyboard from dust and spills.
- PRO TIP: If the problem occurs with your computer or a laptop/notebook. You can try using the Reimage Plus software that can scan the repositories and replace corrupt and missing files. This works in most cases where the problem was caused by system damage.
What To Do If You Spill Water On Your PC
If you have spilled liquid on your laptop, do not wait to check if your laptop is still working. This can cause severe water damage to your laptop. The following steps can be taken.
- Immediately remove the AC adapter and the battery connected to your laptop to prevent power from flowing into the circuits.
- Get rid of the battery, which is usually held by locks at the bottom of your laptop and all peripherals that are attached to your laptop.
- If the battery cannot be removed by the user, consult the manual to see how to remove it. And in the worst case if you cannot remove the battery for any reason; then keep the laptop off.
- Turn your laptop upside-down in such a way that it enforces the maximum leakage. Make sure that all the water flows out.
- Leave it in that position until the water stops draining, 8 to 12 hours would be good.
- Do not use a hairdryer or microwave, as this can drive the moisture deeper into your laptop and cause static damage.
- After 8 to 12 hours, take a soft paper towel or a lint-free cloth to dry any liquid that you can see.
- Dry the parts that are currently available as quickly as possible to prevent corrosion and short circuit damage.
- Once this has happened, you must disassemble your laptop. Be careful with this and don’t forget where you went.
- Search Google or Youtube for the service manual of your laptop for easy disassembling.
More Advanced Tips on Water Damage
- If you cannot find a manual, or if you feel uncomfortable with it disassembling a laptop. Do not continue but take the laptop to a repair shop or service center. BUT if you have succeeded in opening it, look for the components that the liquid has been spilled on. And dry those parts and all parts that you have access to on the motherboard.
- Remove all visible moisture with a lint-free cloth and if possible use compressed air to dry out the inside of the laptop. If you have a vacuum cleaner with low intensity; then use it.
- If some sticky residues are left behind, use cotton swabs dipped with isopropyl alcohol to remove them. Make sure there is no residue on any part of the motherboard.
- Keep all parts and the laptop itself in the open air so that the air can move and the moisture is completely evaporated. Don’t forget to turn the laptop upside down.
- If that is not the case, water will affect the parts dissolved in it. Allow all parts to dry, including your laptop, for a minimum of 24 to 42 hours in a place with a lot of air. Keep it that way for a few days if you still suspect it is wet. The more time you give to dry, the better.
In Conclusion, If you have spilled something that is not water, you may need to clean parts by rinsing. If the spilled liquid is water-soluble, use water to rinse it clean. Otherwise, use freely available alcohol to rinse the residue. Make sure that all parts are completely dry before you reassemble the parts.
When you switch it on for the first time, you do not have to connect the hard disk or the battery. Because you only want to check whether it is switched on or not. If this happens in the normal way, confirm both of them and use them as usual. If your laptop still does not turn on. Disconnect the adapter, remove the battery, and press the power button for 30 seconds.