Having a coffee, tea, or a glass of water is always pleasant, and even a habit, for people who work on the computer. However, a few drops spilled by accident are enough to damage this device completely. So, how to remedy this situation? What are the right actions to adopt?
Start by unplugging the computer.
After long hours of working on the computer, it is tempting to indulge in a moment of relaxation while sipping a drink. To complete a few files in the evening, many also help themselves with a small cup of coffee. Likewise, when the weather is hot, what could be nicer than drinking a cold lemonade while watching a movie on your PC? Warming up or quenching your thirst with a drink in front of the screen is not a bad idea in itself. However, it is essential to take care that the container does not tip over on the PC. If this is already the case, the first instinct is to shut down the computer for safety.
To do this, press the start button until the PC is completely turned off. Even if a file’s processing is not finished or an email is being sent, the stop must be done immediately. Treatments will resume later. Following this step, it is essential to disconnect the PC and remove the battery immediately quickly. It is also essential to remove the power cable, hard drive, USB keys, and any other peripherals connected to the device. The mouse and headphones are also to be disconnected. It is recommended that you pay attention to this step, as precipitation can cause other accidents.
Some tips for DIY enthusiasts
If the computer owner has the necessary skills, he can open the device to determine which components are affected by moisture. At this verification step, it is possible to wipe off any liquid that has touched the device’s internal components. As a precaution, disassembly of a PC should not be performed by a novice in the field. As for DIY enthusiasts, they can find practical guides and tutorials on the web. These how-to videos provide details on the steps to follow when opening or removing a given component.
Before the actual disassembly, it is essential to sit in a clear and open area. Although the electrical charge can be quite low, it can burn out some sensitive electronic parts, including the hard drive or memory module. After disassembly, dry each component using an absorbent, lint-free cloth.
Turn over to remove as much liquid as possible.
If it’s a laptop, just lay it upside down over a sink or sink. In this way, water will not slip between the keyboard keys anymore but will flow downwards. Generally, water flows faster than coffee and other sugary drinks. It is also recommended to be careful with falls because the damage will multiply if the device falls. It is also not advisable to shake it or tap it to speed up drying. The inverted position will suffice. This technique is also recommended if the wet area is the keyboard of a desktop computer. Some models have removable keys. In this case, they are easier to clean.
Use a cloth and a hairdryer.
The third step is to wipe down the wet surfaces with an absorbent cloth. Here is the procedure to follow:
- Gently pat the affected area with the absorbent cloth or sponge so that the liquid does not spread.
- Remove the rest of the moisture with a hairdryer.
The hairdryer can be used for up to 15 minutes to obliterate the humidity. However, it is not recommended to put it too close to the device to prevent some melting components. Indeed, some materials, such as plastic, do not like high temperatures. The ideal is to take a few breaks to avoid excess heat. After passing the hairdryer, place the computer upside down again. Could you leave it in this position overnight?
Wait for the computer to dry.
The place chosen for drying should be dry and warm. Favor a flat and secure surface. It should also be inaccessible to children and pets. Then, spread a clean, dry towel before placing the appliance on it. To avoid electric shocks or even the computer’s permanent destruction, it is recommended to wait until it dries completely before turning it on. Depending on the volume of water or any other liquid that has entered the device, this time may take hours or even days. In any case, for those in a hurry, a wait of at least one hour is strongly recommended. As a guide, the ideal drying time is 24 hours.
Try the rice bath
For the case of a small format laptop, the keyboard or the mouse of a desktop computer, another option is possible:
- Take a container.
- Fill it with rice.
- Immerse the device in it overnight.
In the morning, the moisture will have been sucked in by the rice, and the components of the desktop computer can be plugged in again. On the other hand, the laptop PC must go through some checks.
Proceed to devise test
For this last step, it is recommended to go slowly. Start by reconnecting the cables and components. Checking each component is recommended to see if any traces of moisture remain. The USB ports are also to be checked. If everything is dry, the computer can be started up.
If the computer is working again, launching a few programs is recommended. Thereafter, it is recommended to be more careful. While it is not forbidden to drink in front of the appliance, removing the cup or glass is the least precaution during the various operations.
Call a computer repairer.
If, after all these steps, the computer does not work, the most prudent is to entrust the repair to a specialist. Several situations can arise, including damage to the motherboard or the battery. So the problem is more complex. It is not recommended to open the device and play the technician. This initiative can cause even more damage. An IT professional has the skills to quickly and safely resolve PC issues.
In the worst case, if the drink has completely damaged the device, the technician will still recover the data stored inside. The owner can also check if the computer is still under warranty. Indeed, some sellers offer coverage for this kind of problem.