Staying hydrated while working is essential, at least until that terrible day when you spilled water all over your laptop. Water could easily ruin gadgets, but if you act swiftly, your laptop may well be saved. Even if you spilled some water on your laptop, it doesn't mean you're out of luck.
While a laptop and water are never a good match, accidents do happen. If you're reading this after a water spilling mishap, shut off your laptop immediately and unplug the power cord and batteries. A word of caution: electricity and water combined are a disaster! You may seriously injure yourself or severely damage your laptop. Ensure that your hands and the surface you're touching are fully dry when handling the laptop.
After you've spilled water on your laptop, you don't have much time. You need to instantly shut it off. Unplug it from the power source and remove any detachable batteries as soon as possible. Keep pressing the Power switch until your laptop turns off. In this circumstance, every second counts.
Once you've turned it off, here's what to do next:
The first thing you should do after a spill is to switch off your laptop and unplug it from the power source (if being charged when the unfortunate accident happened). The longer you wait to power off your laptop, the more likely it could be badly damaged.
If your laptop has a detachable battery, remove it, dry it out, and keep it somewhere secure. If you spilled a lot of water over your keypad, consider laying your laptop down. Place it on a dry towel face down with the top completely open like an inverted V. This will let water drops drain before they end up reaching the delicate laptop components.
Most technology can withstand being submerged in water if the power is turned off. By shutting down the system and, if feasible, taking out the battery, you've potentially disrupted the circuit that may cause an unpleasant shock and damages to your laptop. The next thing to do is based on the laptop you have, your warranty, and how comfortable you feel taking it apart.
If your laptop is still under warranty, opening it up will almost certainly void it. It may be claimed that spilling liquid on a laptop also violates the warranty, so proceed with caution. Your laptop brand should be the initial point of contact if your computer is still under warranty. Get in touch with them. You may be able to get the laptop evaluated for free, but any repairs will most certainly be paid for by you.
If your laptop isn't under warranty, or if you're tech-savvy and wouldn't want to waste extra cash at a repair store, you can try to get the water out from the inside of the laptop yourself. Regretfully, not all laptops can be easily disassembled. Some laptops are extremely difficult to open, while others are constructed in such a way that removing the chassis is practically meaningless.
Take deep breaths. You've just spilled water on your laptop, and you're probably panicking out. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways for repairing laptop water damage. This doesn't have to be the end of your laptop if you act quickly enough:
If you're well-versed with laptops, you can dismantle the chassis and dry off the inside components yourself. But what if you have a laptop that you can't disassemble or remove the battery from like a Mac? This circumstance narrows your options significantly, therefore you'll have to bring it to a repair shop as soon as possible.
Spilling water and other liquids is a classic problem since it's usual for us to drink while we tinker away on our laptops. Thankfully, with quick thinking and following basic steps, you might just salvage your laptop from being damaged.