How to recover electronics with water damage

During a flood, most families wonder what would happen to my belongings if my property suffered flood damage? While it’s easy to accept and understand why things such as furniture, wood and cloth products may need to be salvaged after suffering water damage, it’s much harder to part with expensive electronic devices. So while it’s still on everyone’s minds, here are some tips on how to recover hardware that has experienced a flood or water damage.

 Step One: Power down

The first, and most important safety step to take, is to turn off the power to your devices. Unplug everything that’s plugged, even if you think that there’s no water damage to that specific device. You never know when there might be water trapped within the device’s case, or if moisture from the floor has gathered and condensed into the device. For smaller devices, remove the batter if possible. Do not turn these devices back on until you have tried all of the possible steps to get it dried out.

Step Two: Wring it out

First, move the device with water damage to somewhere dry. If you’re not insured and don’t want to replace it, or even if you are insured, you may need to recover files that are stored locally on the device. First, contact a professional restoration service. Retrieving your own files is too risky, as the files could be accidentally deleted in the process. If you have a damaged PC desktop computer, open the case and let it air out. The same for a laptop, though it may be trickier depending on the model. Obtain a commercial cleaning solvent designed for circuit work and gently brush out the innards of your machine using the solvent with a soft toothbrush. Get a can of compressed air and use that to blow out water, debris and residue. After you are sure that everything is dried out and cleaned, put the device back together, plug it in and power it on. If it works, immediately back up the data on the device. If the drying process was not successful, data recovery may be your best option. While you’ll most likely need to replace your device at this point, at least you’ll still have your data.

Step Three: Preparing for the next time

Whether your electronics have suffered water damage recently or not, it’s critical to you’re your computing devices and their data backed up. Cloud services are a good way to accomplish this, since on-site backups can become damaged in the same disaster that affects the device itself.

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