Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) June 21, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration service in the United States, is offering tips to consumers on how to dry out and repair electronics damaged by water. Portable electronic items such as Ipads, MP3 players, and computer games are an established part of society, but even with all the advances in technology, screen resolution, visual graphics, and effects, even the most expensive units may be seriously damaged through something as simple as exposure to water. In many cases, even excessive moisture can present a significant problem.
The biggest key to successfully salvaging water damaged electronic items is to refrain from powering the component up once it has gotten wet. Components should be unplugged, and all cords and memory cards removed. Water gathering on connectors or circuit boards will result in a short circuit if the item is powered, which usually means frying the item as well as running the risk of electrocution for anyone left holding the component.
Any standing water should be wiped off using a clean dry cloth. If the unit has any vents or openings, it may be rotated and allow excess water to drain from the interior. Water damage typically voids most available warranties, so in many cases it may be advisable to crack open the casing and gain access to the interior, where additional surfaces and circuitry may be dried out and cleaned.
In many cases, silica gel packs may be placed in or in close proximity to the component, as these are excellent for aiding the drying process. Smaller electronic items may also be placed in containers of uncooked rice which also serves as a drying agent.
In some cases, such as the unit being dropped in a lake or creek, dirt and silt may also build up inside the unit. This will need to be cleaned as well, and isopropyl alcohol is recommended for such cleaning purposes.
The component should be allowed to dry for a period of several days, at which time it may be reassembled, plugged in, and powered up. If the water damage was not too extensive, the component should function without incident. If it fails to do so, the component will have to be discarded and replaced.
Even damaged units may be profitable however, since collectors, gamers, and electronic repair shops often purchase damaged units for spare parts or restoration attempts.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration in the US, with providers in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is backed by a comprehensive industry guarantee.