Putting a Wet Device In Rice, Won’t Help, It’s Just a Myth!

Did Your iPhone or Dell Laptop Just Go For A Swim? 

Liquid damage in electronics is a bit like red wine spilled on the carpet.  it’s relatively easy to blot up if done quickly. However if you let it sit for a few days — you may need to get new carpeting to fix the damage. The same thing happens with  liquid damage to a electronic device. You should also know, liquid damage  to a Macbook Air is the same as liquid damage to a iPhone or iPad.

We wish it were as simple as placing a wet device in a bag of Uncle Ben’s to repair liquid damage. The theory is, rice draws the liquid out of the device. Using this logic, why not use kitty litter, quaker oats, dry sponges, cotton balls, SAND or any other liquid absorbing material??  They they all absorb liquids extremely well, don’t they, whats so special about rice?

Using the  rice method to suck the liquid out of your device is an internet myth and  you are doing  absolutely nothing to fix the problem!

Consider this fact before you bury your drenched laptop or cell phone into a bag of rice or your cat’s litter box. 

Even if either one of  these repair methods could absorb all the moisture from the device, you still are not addressing the very real potential of  damage from corrosion.

Corrosion begins instantaneously when a phone, laptop or any other electronic device comes in contact with liquid.

You should know some liquids are far more corrosive than others.

The chance for corrosion from distilled water is fairly low, if the device is dried out properly. But drop that brand new $900 iPhone into the ocean in about 2 hours it will go from an iPhone to a cPhone…  and be pretty much worthless.

Once corrosion forms it most likely will cause damage to components on your device.

If you can resist turning the device on until it COMPLETELY dries out, occasionally you might get lucky and it will work again.

But if you placed that same device in a bag of rice, its human nature to  believe the rice saved it, but you really just got lucky. It has done nothing for you, except you now have temporary use of your device.

Even though it is running again, it may still have oxidized components and solder joints that are now weakened and brittle. If present, the corrosion will continue to spread and eat away the components it has contaminated. In a relatively short period of time the device will experience major problems.

Do you want to know the real secret to water damage? Don’t dry it out!

You want to  displace the liquid— more specifically, all the conductive & corrosive stuff contained in the liquid.

You can do this best by using 90%+ isopropyl  alcohol and a static free toothbrush (by the way, we highly suggest you don’t try this at home, unless of course,  you know what you are doing).

Getting the liquid displaced before it can dry, and cleaning the corrosive elements contained in the liquid is the ONLY strategy to survive liquid damage.

You’d be hard pressed to find any experienced professional in the industry that doesn’t roll their eyes when they hear about the Rice-A-Cellphony trick.

On a regular basis we see the unfortunate result of computers / mobile devices that have been carefully placed in bags of rice with high hopes.

While telling you about some of the things that don’t work so well with electronic liquid damage. I should take a moment and make a public service announcement here.

Using the Microwave to dry out your device may indeed remove the moisture, but you might as well use it on the popcorn setting, because you will be popping all kind of things off the motherboard. I guarantee using the micro will damage the device beyond repair.

Believe it or not, we’ve seen this more than a time or two!  And while I’m on the topic, you should also resist the temptation of using the oven as some kind of drying chamber.

By the way, this is a good time to remind you to BACKUP your computer or mobile device.

Not sure how to do that?

Stop by we will be happy to assist you with setting up a backup on either your computer or mobile device.

We find many of our customers are afraid to admit they don’t know how to do this. Let us help you. Helping our customers with these kind of problems is what we do best. We are happy to be of assistance on saving your priceless information. 

We bet you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to backup all those important pictures, phone numbers, documents, text messages, etc.

I hope this article helped to demystify repairing liquid damaged electronic devices.

Your computer guys at A2 Computers


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