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What Actually Happens During Water Damage

In simple terms, what’s going on inside your computer is basically just a circuit board, a battery and a few components connected to it, like your screen, speakers, bluetooth antennas, wifi antennas, usb ports etc. A circuit board is basically a piece of plastic, with thousands of tracks of copper going from one component to another, all over the place. Think of it like a city with buildings connected via roads. Each of these components is responsible for a different task. Whether it be controlling what happens to the power that comes in from your charge port, or controlling your wifi, or the bluetooth. All these parts require specific voltages and current to power on and perform their task.

Before I get into the next section its important to realise that salt water, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, bath water, pool water, and toilet water are all conductive. These liquids are conductive due to the minerals they contain, such as; Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium and Phosphorus. Tap water alone can carry traces of Copper, Iron, Selenium, Chromium & zinc.  It’s important to know that water in its purest state (distilled or demineralised water) doesn’t have all these minerals in it, and is actually NOT conductive. Some liquids even corrode a lot faster then others depending on the minerals they contain. Eg: Salt water being the worst.

When you spill liquid over your circuit board, what happens is; you may have a component somewhere that controls your charging, and another that controls your LCD power. Lets say for eg your charging component is expecting to receive 5 volts in from your charger and the component that controls your rear camera is expecting 3 volts to be powered on and do what it needs to do. When you spill water on the circuit board over the top of these circuits, the part that needed 3 volts all of a sudden may be receiving 5 volts because the water caused the electricity to go where it shouldn’t have. By doing this you most likely would damage that component.

SO, WHAT DO YOU DO?

Turn the device off IMMEDIATELY  & leave it off.
If there’s no power running through your circuit board, theres no power for the water to carry and send to the wrong places therefore it cannot do any damage. It is only that your laptop is ON that the water causes damage. Having the battery still plugged in will also count as power going to the computer whether the computer is powered on or not. But if the best you can do is turn it off, well thats still a lot better.
Don’t try to turn it on, leave it off till its been treated properly.
Remember if theres no power, theres no damage. The second you turn that computer on while there’s water inside it, your exposing it to risk of damage. There is every chance theres water sitting over the top of your CPU (basically the brain of the computer that controls almost everything). So don’t risk it! Leave it off until you can have the computer inspected and cleaned out properly.
You need to have it treated within 3-4 hours if you want the best chance at fixing it before corrosion starts. Whenever you have copper, oxygen and water together, your going to get corrosion very quickly. The time before corrosion begins varies a lot between different liquids. Salt water can begin to cause corrosion inside your computer within about 20-30 minutes. Where-as tap water can take about 3-4 hours.
Don’t try to charge it.
Again, if you charge it, your adding power to the computer which will only cause damage. NO GOOD CAN COME FROM CHARGING A WATER DAMAGED DEVICE.
Do not dry the computer out, do not put it in rice, do not heat it up, do not put it in the sun. These are all stupid internet myths and do not do anything but speed up the corrosion process. As well as the fact that your not even putting the rice inside the device so its not going to do anything.

How do i fix it?

You need to bring your computer to us immediately if you want the best chance of success. Not tomorrow, not in 2 weeks, not in a few months. Once that corrosion begins the computers chances of recovery become lower as every minute passes. Corrosion is like a disease, it LOVES copper and it pretty much feeds off it. Eventually it may eat all the copper required for a component or many components to run. Then they lose their ability to function or even power on and then you begin to lose functions or if not, full power of the computer.

Now, guaranteed you have heard people say ” well rice fixed my computer and its working fine”.
No water damage case is ever really the same. Theres too many variables involved and you don’t know where inside the computer the water went, which matters a lot. If they put their computer in rice, and let it dry out, and it worked, they may have got lucky and their computer may be working, but the inside of it will be starting to corrode. Sure it may seem fine but they can’t see the corrosion inside thats slowly eating at their circuit board. So for example, a few weeks/months later, the corrosion eats the copper track that carries the voltage required to power your LCD – well you have now lost all function to the LCD and will most likely have no image. But the corrosion doesn’t stop, it keeps spreading, and causes similar issues to other components nearby until you have it removed properly.
Rice seems logical because it drys your computer out. It’s cheap, easy and you don’t have to do much. As well as in your head your telling yourself  “well at least I’m doing something”. But your not addressing the problem properly and your only lowering your chances of repair and data recovery.

 

Send in your device today and have us fix it for you. The process couldn’t be easier. Check out the 5 step procedure below and head on through to scheduling your repair!

  • Step 1 – Fill out the below form to let us know the specific repair you require
  • Step 2 – Send your parcel to 3/221 The Entrance Road, Erina NSW 2250 Australia
  • Step 3 – We will give you a call when we receive your item & confirm the quote with you, and give you an estimated time of completion (generally the next business day).
  • Step 4 – We will email an Invoice to you for payment. We accept Paypal, Credit Card, Bank Transfer & Eftpos over the phone.
  • Step 5 – We will ship your item back to you!