How To Fix a Water Damaged Laptop
How To Fix a Water Damaged Laptop
It's sad to see all the damage that water can do. From ruining your favorite pair of shoes to leaving you with a massive flood in your house, it's not funny how prone we are as human beings to water accidents. Now imagine if you're traveling or handling important documents while on the go. It's not a pretty picture. That's why manufacturers have created durable water-resistant bags and cases for laptop storage. But what happens when your laptop is already wet? This article will help you fix a water-damaged laptop so it can be used again. It won't be easy, but with these instructions and some basic tools, you'll be able to restore it to its original state. Just remember… the water will still be there, so be careful when handling the equipment.
Take Out The Water
Whether it was a drink stain or a leaky sprinkler, the first thing you should do is figure out where the water is coming from. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell where a leak is coming from, especially if there's a lot of water damage and it's hard to see through the mop water. Start by looking for stains on the floor or walls, as these are usually the result of a leak or spill. When you find one, use an evidence pourer to remove it. In most cases, spillages will be either dark or light in color, depending on whether it's coffee, water, wine, or whatever else you might have spilled. Sometimes it's impossible to tell what caused the stain without opening up the floor, so be careful what you wipe off—you might find some sort of bacteria growing where you don't want it. If the stain proves to be too difficult to remove, it might be a good idea to contact a professional cleaning company to help you out. They will have the resources and know-how to get rid of even the most stubborn stains.
Check For Corrosion
Besides looking for stains on the floor and walls, you should also check for corrosion in the form of water spots or pitting on metal surfaces, especially aluminum. These are usually caused by very acidic water that continues to leak into the laptop even after you've removed all visible signs of water damage. Corrosion can be easily fixed by applying a protective coating to the affected area. In many cases, you will only need to look for this problem in the vicinity of windows and outside doors where the weather is very good and it stays relatively clean. This way, you can be sure that water isn't continuing to corrode the metal parts inside your laptop.
Dry Out The Surfaces
Once you've removed all the moisture from the floor and walls, it's time to start drying out the interior of your laptop. Start by turning off the air-conditioning system in the room because the cold air is what often causes water to condense on the insides of laptops and other electronic devices when the temperature is high. While you're at it, turn off all the electrical appliances to avoid electrocution (especially with water still inside). When the machine is completely dry, put it outside in the sun for a couple of hours to let the heat penetrate the entire structure and speed up the drying process. Never leave electronics outside during the day, especially in hot weather, as this could ruin your equipment. When placing electronics in the sun to dry out, never leave them on the windowsill because this is where pests such as mice and rats often come in and carry off small parts such as keyboarding in winter.
Clean Up The Hard Drives And RAM
If the above steps didn't resolve the issue, it's time to take a peek at the inside of your laptop. The first thing you should do is remove all visible and accessible parts such as the screen and keyboard. Next, take out all the batteries and memory cards (if your laptop has any). When you're almost done, you can remove the final piece of your laptop—the chassis (the thing that holds the screen and other internal parts). Be very careful while handling each part because, as we've established, water can be very dangerous. Letting any part of your laptop remain wet for too long can cause serious illness or death. After cleaning all the above items, put them separately in a plastic bag and take them to your local landfill or recycling center. For hard drives, this should be done as soon as possible because they usually contain a lot of vital information, so avoiding potential data loss is one of the priorities here. If this is an important laptop and you don't want to risk losing any data due to a water damage, you should consider purchasing a backup device as soon as possible.
Replace All The Necessary Parts
When you restore a laptop to its original state, you usually have to replace a few parts just to get things working properly again. It's important not to rush into replacing parts that you might not need, especially when there's still a chance that the problem could be fixed without replacing anything. For example, if the screen is not cracked or damaged, you don't need to replace it right away. You could try putting some anti-reflective coating on the surface to increase the screen's brightness or replace the part that connects the monitor to the laptop's display port with an HDMI cable so you can connect the two directly without the need for a screen interface. In most cases, only the LCD screen needs to be replaced, but if yours is old and won't display images well, then the backlight bulb as well might need to be changed. Even if the screen works just fine, though, it might be a good idea to change it for something newer because, let's face facts… technology evolves and so do the ways in which we display information on our computers.
Check The Compartment That The Laptop Came In
Depending on where you bought your laptop, there might be a warranty that covers parts and labor if it was damaged during shipping. If this is the case, call the company that you bought the laptop from so they can make it right. In many instances, this will entail repacking and shipping the laptop so it doesn't leak again. In some other cases, the manufacturer might provide you with an online access code that can be used to look up the part that was defective and get it fixed. If this is the case, be sure to use this code as soon as possible so you don't have to keep calling them… you can also look up the part in a quick search engine query and find the best solution without having to ask an employee on the phone.
Is It Worth Fixing?
Now that you know how to fix a water-damaged laptop, it's important to ask yourself the question: is it worth fixing? This mostly depends on how important and valuable the equipment is to you. If you need the machine for work, then it's usually not a good idea to throw it away and start over because there's always the chance that it could happen again. In some cases, it might be better to fix the laptop than buy a new one because the latter can be very expensive. The key is to think of the long-term consequences of any action you choose because, in the end, we're all human and we make mistakes. That being said, if you can avoid all the water damage in the first place, then there's no need to throw away any equipment; you can keep what you need and fix what you don't.