What’s the worst that could happen is, when someone drops their new and latest model of iPhone or Blackberry in water and it is completely drenched. For starters, it is important not to panic; as we all know, most mobile phone warranties do not cover water damage as the risk is entirely the carelessness of the user. It is wise to always get insurance for these fancy mobile phones as they cost a lot of money. For those without insurance, here are a few set of instructions that will help a person fix this water damage issue.
Prevention is always better than cure, avoid talking or playing games in the restroom, it is safe to leave your phone in the car while visiting a beach and for other water sport activities. Assuming the inevitable has already happened, like a person must have dropped the phone in the toilet (know quite a few people who have done so.) The other common accidents are dropping the phone in the bath or the pool. Act quickly and remove the phone from the water source as soon as possible and follow these simple instructions:
As soon as the phone is taken out of the water, remove the outer casing and remove the battery, it is absolutely important to never turn on the phone when it is still wet. When the phone is still wet, trying to turn on the phone will result in frying electrical components and the main circuit board inside the phone. Removing the battery will ensure there is no power in the phone and will avoid greater damage to the phone from being recycled.
- Air Dry:
Removing the battery from the phone will let the other components like the main circuit and other parts dry out fast. Place all the parts of the phone on a piece of cloth or paper and leave it to air dry or if the phone is placed outside in the sun to dry, make sure the phone is removed as soon as it is dry. It is also important to remember to remove the SIM card and SD card, and leave it out for drying. Most phones will only have the outer casing and battery to be removed.
- Remove Unwanted Moisture:
On rainy days, when there is no sun or enough humidity to dry the phone, place the phone in an water absorbing material like rice paper or thick paper napkins. The moisture will be absorbed from all the wet components. This is a long process and will require 8 – 12 hours, and is not a quick fix. Another good household material that is a good water absorbent is silica gel that is put in wardrobes and cupboards and can be found in new bags and shoes. Place these silica gel pouches with the wet components of the phone; it will speed up the drying process.
- Use Air Pressure:
As soon as the phone is dry, use any small handheld device that has compressed air to blow out any excess water present inside the phone. This has to be done before putting in the battery, so that if there is any water inside the phone it will fry all the electrical components. A good substitute for air pressure devices is the vacuum cleaner.
- Avoid Unwanted drying processes:
Heat is the most logical factor when it comes to drying something, but when drying a wet mobile phone or any other electronic product for that matter make sure to avoid a blow dryer or a hair dryer as the hot air from a blow dryer can cause certain filaments to melt under those temperatures. It is not advisable to use any kind of drier or oven to dry a wet phone, as heat causes damage to electronics.
- Assemble the Phone:
When all the components of the phone are dry, use a dry cloth to wipe down all the parts of the phone like the SD and SIM card slots, battery and the battery holder thoroughly. Put back all the phone components together and try switching it on. Seven out of ten times the phone should switch on, and when the phone is on, try using all the functions like the camera, music player etc. If everything is working fine, then your phone is fixed and in good working condition.
About the Author: This is a guest post by Lance Goodman of dishtvoffer.com, a site that offers savings and current information on dish tv everywhere near your region.