CANNONBALL!!!! If that’s not considered one of the official sounds of summer, we don’t know what is! Hey, at least they gave you a warning there was going to be a tidal-wave sized splash, right?
It’s all too common for electronic devices to get the short end of the stick when it comes to water damage during the warmer months of the year, but there’s no need to panic. There are a few things you can do (and make sure you do them right away) in order to hopefully revive your casualty.
Tip 1: Get it out of the water, or dry it off, as quickly as possible. The longer the device stays wet, the less your chances are of saving it.
Tip 2: Remove the battery. If the power source takes a hit, there’s a very slim chance it’s going to work again.
Tip 3: Gently shake the water off of, or out of, the device. Use a paper towel or soft cloth to dry up as much remaining water as possible.
Tip 4: Use a vacuum cleaner or a can of compressed air to suck out and dry up any water that may have gotten into small crevices.
Tip 5: Dry soak the device. Products like uncooked rice and silica absorb moisture quite well. Let the device sit in either product for at least 12 hours, turning it over every 1-2 hours. The larger the device, the longer it will take to dry out.
Tip 6: Wait at least 24 hours before attempting to turn the device on. If you notice discoloration on an LED screen, it could mean there is still moisture inside the device. It is safe to use, but we recommend allowing it to dry for an additional period of time.
Hopefully your device is salvageable! Use this as a learning experience for next time and think twice about bringing your electronic devices into areas where they could be a victim of a drowning accident.