One of the most common accidents with mobile phones is dropping them in water and unfortunately in many cases mobile phone insurance policies fail to cover for water damage.
That’s why it’s useful to know exactly what to do in case your phone falls in water. Fortunately Geek Squad is here to help you through your problem with their phone repair expertise. Here are the steps you can take to minimize the damage.
1. Don’t panic!
Many make the mistake of panicking and in doing so make the situation even worse. Instead, just keep in mind that you have a chance to save it and revive the phone without the risk of losing anything.
2. Power your phone off
Before attempting to fix your phone, remember that water and electricity never mix well so make sure to power off your phone before you do anything else. If you leave your phone on while you have water in it the moister will mix with the electrical circuit in your phone which can cause further damage.
3. Dry off the surface
With a towel, dry off the surface of the phone. Many people think of using an everyday appliance such as a blow drier but as a mobile phone is an enclosed case this will have little effect on drying on the inside.
4. Take Your Phone Apart
Before you do anything with the phone you should first remove all the parts of the phone that you can get to like the battery, the sim card and the memory card if you have a memory card in your phone. If you have an iPhone or one of the new models of smartphone where you cannot remove the battery you can go on to the next step or take your phone to a mobile repair shop.
5. Dry off the Phone and Components
Take a paper towel or something that can be able to sock the water from the components and dry off the components of the phone and the phone. As you are doing this make sure you do not move the phone around so much as you can wet the parts of the phone that are not yet wet and you may also damage small parts of the phone with the paper towel.
6. Use a vacuum cleaner on the phone
If you blow dry it you may spoil the phone but using a vacuum cleaner does the opposite as it does not blow the water in the phone but it sucks in the water and this can help you get to the parts of the phone that you can’t with the paper towel. Obviously care should be taken with this approach, as your phone components should be kept secure from being sucked up. A small, hand held vacuum cleaner is preferable.
7. Finally Put the Phone in Rice
The last process is a little weird but this could be the life saver for your phone! You can submerge it in rice for about 24 hours or 48 hours just to be safe. The reason for this is because rice is able to attack moisture which is what you need to remove from the phone. If you have some of the little packages found in shoe boxes lying around, throw them in with your phone for good measure. There is no such thing as too dry.
If in doubt at all, your best bet is to take your phone to a repair shop and let a professional who has seen similar cases before. Geek Squad in particular are a very good option, as they have support staff you can ring and get sent round to your house.
About the author:
A natural born writer, Stacey Barton writes professionally and for fun across a wide range of niches with particular attention to how classic brands like Geek Squad can continue to offer the same product for decades and somehow survive the turbulent and ever changing consumer market.