It’s almost funny when you consider the fact that laptops, which seem like such incredibly powerful devices, are rendered completely helpless and defective after what can seem like even the smallest of liquid spills. Perhaps one day in the future we’ll have laptops that aren’t susceptible to water damage, but that time is not yet upon us.
If you’ve spilled liquid on your laptop, it might just feel like the end of the world. However, there might be a chance that you can save your device. Here’s what to do when you’ve spilled water or any other liquid on your laptop.
Immediately After The Spill: Remove Liquid As Quickly As Possible
In the immediate wake of a spill, what you do next really can make a huge difference in whether or not your device is salvageable. Turn your laptop upside down so that moisture drips away from the inside of your laptop. While your laptop is in this upside down position, dab gently at the affected area with a dry towel to try to soak up as much moisture as possible. For at least 24 hours, don’t attempt to turn your laptop on or plug it in. This time is about drying out your laptop, not testing if it works.
The Next Day: See The Professionals
Sadly, if your laptop isn’t turning on, you might be suffering from some serious water damage. For example, if your FPC and FFC connectors have been affected, you might need to replace them with new parts from a manufacturer such as Ipex. If that all sounds like Greek to you, then it’s probably time to see the professionals. If you’re under warranty, return to the store where you originally purchased your laptop. If you’re not under warranty or your device is very old, try a local repair shop.
It’s important to understand that there’s a strong possibility that your laptop may never come back from the dead or that the cost of repairs may exceed the cost of a replacement device. Going forward, be sure to always back up your files in case of events like these. You should also be a bit more careful in the future and always keep liquids at least three feet away from your device.